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All trademarks acknowledged The Amiga is a complicated beast and when it starts playing up, it can be a real headache to locate the source of the problem. But not if you own the Advanced Amiga Analyzer. Mat Broomfield goes into analysis mode. Like all computers, the Amiga is.a complex piece of equipment that takes a while to understand. If you want to get to grips with its operating system, or how its software works, there are loads of books available to help you. If you want to find out a bit more about the hardware then you're on your own. Most of the time, this lack of information isn't a problem because it's generally only programmers and dedicated enthusiasts who need to get that deeply involved in the Amiga’s inner workings. However, like all intricate machines, the Amiga sometimes breaks down. It's very rare for the computer to go completely belly up, so that you can't even get a display of some sort. Far more often, a single component will fail, perhaps intermittently at first, or it may just stop working all in one go. These failures can be a real devil to track down, but they can totally wreck your computing activities too. With repairs costing anything from £30-£100, it's in your best interests to try and locate the source of any problems yourself. Until now, that hasn’t been easy, if you didn't know the Amiga intimately, your chances were not good. Now, thanks to the Advanced Amiga Analyzer, even the least computer-literate user can perform a full series of diagnostic tests on his Amiga.

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DKB 4091 .£299 Video Backup Use a VCR as a backup storage device. Two hundred Amiga floppy disks fit on to 4 4Hr tape which can be used for an alternative hard disk backup system. What's more you can now watch television on your 1084s monitor. A Scan or Phooo version is available.
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PC880B with Blitz Amiga ...£70 PC880B with Blitz & X-Copy ....£80 PC880B 1.76MB Upgrade .£49.95 Order Fori Features PC880B Amitck .Anti-click • • Anti-virus • • Aluminium extrusion • Sony mechanism • • Isolation switch • • Ihru’pon • • Upgradable to 1.76MB • Cydone compatible chip • Built-in backup hardware • Mouse operated • PC880E Drive This drive is a high quality external floppy drive at a fraction of the price. As with all of our drives the PC880E has a thru’port, disabling switch and 12 month guarantee PC880E Economy Drive £49.95 Delivery next day £5.00 2-3 days
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112. 780 Juty-Oecnmber 1‘ It's ill swings md roundabouts isn't
it?
Dan Slingsby left tha Amiga behind two months ago to boldly go forth Into PC territory; I'M moved in the opposite direction.
And I’mseri- Aum D»*.« - Mm ously enjoying it.
The thing about the Amiga is that, although it is a serious machine. It's not taken as seriously as the PC. Let me elaborate. Most Pcs are bought for business needs first, entertainment second. For all their super fast, local bus motherboarded, 4860X2 chipped, all singing and dancing glory, they’re not that much tun are they? Well, their users aren't anyway.
The average Amiga owner has a much deeper background in home computing. He started oft with a CM or a Spectrum, or maybe he’s grown up with the Amiga. He will have tried programming his own games or applications at some stage or other, and has probably dabbled in music and demos.
He may even haM had some of his work published as PO or otherwise He buys exciting games, ones which the PC has never been able to accurately emulate, like Seas Soccer and Alien Breed (incredible thorns in the PC's side) And the PC user? He s a Lotus 123 fanatic with too much space on his hard drive for his own good. Let's face it readers, you're great!
And so is CU AMIGA. I mean, just look at what we've got lined up for you this month; In our cover story we tell you how some enthusiasts joined forces to produce and market great games. In CD32 Zone Tony Dillon starts a new diary of a game, featuring Space Academy, a CD32 only development by Stellar Genesis Agency for Mindscape.
Just one of the many titles currently under deMlopment solely lor that machine And speaking of CO. John Kennedy investigates CD-ROM possibilities that use current technology. What a guy. Enough! Read on... Alan Dykes Editor NEXT ISSUE ON SALE 19 APRIL oar mmrious PRODUCTIVITY RIVIIWS PRODUCTIVITY REVIEW Excellent news lor Imagine users! The new update version 2.9 gets the CU AMIGA review treatment on page 104. Another first is the massive preview ol Music X2.0, and don't miss our comprehensive guide to making your Amiga CD-ROM compatible.
COVERDISKS The amazing Adorage is the star ol the first disk this month. It comes complete with Master Virus Killer and the compelling strategy game, Task Force. Probably the best adventure game this year, Kings Quest 6 comes your way on the second disk.
102 LEGEND BALL 102 17 BIT COLLECTION II 103 MONTAGE 103 SMARTY PAINTS 110 MUSIC X 2.0 60 CORE DESIGN SWITCHQUIZ 73 KINGS QUEST VI GRAY 76 LIBERATION 79 THE NAUGHTY ONES 80 PUQGSY 82 DARKMERE 88 SIMON THE SORCERER 93 VFM 98 VAMPYRA 132 PD SCENE A stack ol stunning demos are on show this month, along with the latest Assassins game compilation. And some ol the best music disks to appear in ages.
137 PD UTILITIES The excellent HAM Lab Plus gets a fu* page review, with a supporting cast of sound samples, productivity software and educational disks.
142 ART GALLERY Yet more Amiga masterpieces from the readers ol CU AMIGA get a public viewing Did yours get in the month?
What a crazy hotpot of smash hits and near misses we’ve got for you this issue! We were worried we weren’t going to be able to fit them all in! Audiogenic return with their incredible platformer Bubble & Squeak, while Core finally release the atmospheric Darkmere. Get reading!
9 NEWS Wrth the C032 taking oil at Iasi, things are looking up lor Commodore. Find out more on page nine. And eaten up on all the rest of the developments in the Amiga world.
16 COVERDISKS See the panel on the opposite page 47 CD32 ZONE This month's selection ol CD32 games includes the Lotus Trilogy. Seek and Destroy, and Fury of me Furries. Plus news on all the up and coming silver discs.
102 PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS See Get Serious panel._ SCREEN SCENE GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS 125 DEMOMANIAC CD-ROM Is dissected and digested on page 120.
REGULARS 120 CD-ROM ANALYSER 116 ADVANCED AMIGA I J 1 iWA l PAGE 16 Slicker than a Brylcreamed porcupine, Adorage is here to give all your videos a truly professional edge. It’s yours with this issue, and when we give you a full-price software application, we give you the complete, fully-featured program, not the sort of half-baked, save-disabled teaser program that others offer. Af last you can emulate all those supersmooth wipes and have the screen peeling off to reveal the next shot, or exploding into lots of tiny pieces. Thanks to the SSA animation player, you even get 50 frames per
second playback in many cases, lending an extra touch of finesse to any production. The Master Virus Killer is also on disk 78.
One of the most comprehensive virus ¦killing systems around, this is just what the doctor ordered.
Bringing up the rear, there's the Laser Sguad-style Task Force - a complete sprawling strategy wargame to keep you up well into the small hours.
Sierra are returning to the Amiga, albeit under the watchful gaze of Revolution Software. Charles Cecil and the gang, creators of Beneath A Steel Sky, have been trundling along with this one for a few months, and you have to admit it's a bit of a cracker.
Ported directly from the PC version, Kings Quest VI is a mammoth adventure, taking you over land and sea, and you can sample a healthy chunk of it with our extra special coverdisk this month.
Gasp at the graphics! Shriek at the sound! Beware of brain strain! It’s enormous!
Not only that, but we also bring you a PD version of everyone's favourite game, Dotz Can you build more blocks than your opponent in the space provided? Simple, but addictive, you won’t want to load another disk until this time next month!
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Tracks & Cl) Background Effects NEWS CU AMIGA NEWS CD32
SOFTWARE SALES RIDING HIGH Commodore was in an exceptionally
buoyant mood this week as the latest Gallup figures showed CD32
software sales clearly at the top of the charts for the first
time. The chans, which show the actual sales of CD-ROM software
around the country, reveal that Sega's Mega CD has finally
slipped from the number one slot, dropping over 20% of their
market share during the last month.
The news comes at a time when the consoles are just starting to feel the pinch, reflected in the almost universal drop in sales of console magazines. It seems that people may finally have got fed up with paying the inflated software prices . Ironically, in the face of this evidence, Sega has apparently been bullishly declaring that it no longer considers its biggest rival Nintendo, to actually be a rival any more!
Whilst these two slug it out, it looks as though the CD32 is poised to come in and forge ahead from behind. Even more interesting are the fortunes of 3DO, the new American wonder-console which looked as if it would pose a serious threat to CD32 sales. However, contrary to initial reactions, many major US players are now giving the machine a distinctly frosty reception and its future is looking less certain than it was previously.
It would appear that the American public are not the financial fools everybody had hoped they might be, because there is a marked lack of people queuing up to hand over the $ 699 asking price. It now seems certain that when the machine finally hits these shores, that it will have price tag of £499; very expensive for a games console.
In the meantime, CD32 keeps selling, and so does the software. Perhaps the most significant thing about the latest Gallup figures is the fact that they place CD32 sales over 7% above those of PC CD- ROM. Considering the fact that there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of PC CD-ROM players out there, it’s remarkable that the CD32 has managed to ward them all off. Amusingly enough, Philips, the main rival in terms of CD Video sales, only rates a paltry 1.8% of the overall pie, proof enough, if any were needed, that Commodore is back, and_ they mean business. __ GCSE IN AMIGA GAMES No, it's
not a new school course, just a way of introducing you to Europress Software s new GCSE ADI packs.
Aimed at the 14-16 year old age range, the packs are different in that they cover a two year age group rather than the single year normally covered. Costing £34.95 instead of the usual £25, topics covered include English. French and Maths. It’s all up to the usual high standard, and should be in the shops very soon! For more information, call Europress on 0625 859333.
I'D BUY THAT FOR A FIVER!
Daze Marketing have had a very successful run with the Ishar series, but not everyone has a copy yet. On the same note, not everyone has a copy of the brilliant Transartica either. Neither game has been released on budget yet, which means that if you want to go out to the shops to pick up either, you'll have to fork out (a worthwhile) £25.99. Unless, of course, you buy them through CU AMIGA. Thanks to those nice chaps at Daze, we can offer you either of these games for no more than £5 EACH!! Or TWO FOR TEN POUNDS! To take advantage of this exceptional offer, please fill in the coupon below,
with a cheque or postal order (no credit cards please) made out to Daze Marketing, and send it off to “Blimey That's Cheap Offer, Daze Marketing, 2 Canfield Place, London NW6 3BT.
Please allow 28 days for delivery.
Please send me my wonderful Silmarils games as soon as you can.
Name: ... Address: ... I would like copies of Ishar and_ copies of Transartica please.
CU AMIGA NEWS NO RALLY FOR AMIGA!
It has now been announced that Rally, the game that has caused such a buzz In the last tew months is not now going to be released on the Amiga. Already a smash hit In the PC martlet, the game has proven impossible to do on any but the tastest Amiga. Over the past tew months Rally was gradually stripped and stnpped to Improve the speed to the point where it was just too basic. The PC's direct addressing system can handle it, but it seems that the bitmap system ol the Amiga just wasn't up to the job.
10 10 SILVER PLATE?
10 Out Of 10 Educational Software return to the shelves once more this month with 10 Out Of 10 French. Aimed at the 8 to 16 year old range, the package teatures six different games to teach phrases, grammar and a vocabulary in an interactive and interesting way If it s as good as the others in the senes. It'll be a welcome addition to your school course Call 0742 780370 for details RESERVOIR FISH?
Rumour* in circuiting currently concerning tilt future ol our old friend James Pond, about to return once more in Operation Slarlish. Apparently, Millennium's next step is to make the move to CO in a bigger way. With large sections ol the game using full motion video, shot underwater at the recently reopened Ealing Studios. The cast is yet to be finalised, but current Hollywood darling Harvey Keitel is rumoured for the role of Or. Maybe.
Call Millennium on 0223 844894 for more details.
BEST VALUE CD-ROMS EVER?
TFX- LANDING SOON!
It's a game Ihaf we've had more calls and tellers about lhan anything else, and its here TFX (Tactical Fighter Expenmert) is about to be unleashed after months of delays and setbacks. And it looks better than ever. To be released in June for the CD32 and A1200.
DID's finest hour should be every bit as fantastic on Commodore's war-baby as it is on the PC The CD32 version will have all the same colours as the PC, with the same texture maps and Gouraud shading. The hard disk installable A1200 version will also have all the colours and shading, although some ol the more complex shapes may be simplified slightly. Look out for a review soon. Or call Ocean on 061 832 6633 for more details.
Almathera have just announced what is undoubtedly the best value CD in the world. For the absolutely miserly price of £14.95, you'll be able to buy Euroscene 1, a CD containing approximately one gigabyte (that's 1,000 megabyteslj of archived demos and PD software. In order to access the data, youII need a keyboard and a mouse. You'll also need a bootable system disk (one containing Workbench) or a Serial (»r1 link to another Amiga.
All in all then, not a disk for the total beginner but a darned worthwhile product.
For those of you who work in video, graphics or DTP. Their Image CD is a dream come true1660 megabytes ol compressed 24-bit images on a CD, complete with viewers for both Amigas and Pcs.
No price has yet been finalised for this CD although Almathera say that they will be setting it at the same affordable level that has characterised their recent CD releases. As with the Euroscene disk, you’ll need some extras to use the photo disk.
You can find out more by phoning Almathera on 081 687 0040.
SCANNERS NOW CHEAPER THAN EVER Golden Image have just announced that their Altascan scanner has just been reduced by £44 to £135.
The device, which is capable of producing scans in 256 shades of grey, is also bundled with the optical character recognition software OCR Junior, a package which itself retailed for £79.95. You can find out more by phoning Golden Image on 081 365 1102.
COMMODORE SUPPORTS SERIOUS USERS NEWS CU AMIGA At last Commodore have put paid to cntidsms that they don't market the Amiga range etlectrvety. By opening the first ot three dedicated Amiga solutions advice centres The centres, dubbed Amiga Centres ot Excellence (ACE) are designed specifically to assist upmarket users to choose the best Amiga set-up for their requirements.
The centres will also have an Invaluable opportunity to promote the entire Amiga range to big business, but are likely to locus on the up-market machines such as the A4000 The first centre is to open in Colwyn. Wales on March 1 st, with two more centres due to open in the coming weeks.
SOFTWARE PRICE WAR RAGES A recent spate ot discounting has blossomed into a full-scale price war that can can only spell good news to the the average software buyer. What started as a bit ot discounting by Blockbuster to try and stimulate sales for the ludicrously overpriced Sonic 3 cartridge, caused an escalating spire of price-cutting.
Future Zone, one of the country's biggest specialist retailers took their time to react, but when they did it was with sweeping discounts across the entire software range, including Amiga games. Some titles have been discounted by as much as £20.
MODEMS NOW EVEN CHEAPER Siren Soltware have just started distributing the Best Data Smart One range of modems The modems are capable ot transmission speeds of up to 14 400 BPS yet only cost £199.99 The modems leature full duplex, V42bis and MNP5 data compression with Fax group III compafibtlity.
For details phone Simon Cobb on 061 724 7572.
HEWLETT PACKARD HEWLETT PACKARD SUPPORTS THE AMIGA Pnnter manufacturer Hewlett Packard recently announced the availability of specially commissioned Amiga drivers for the vast maionty ot its printer range, including the 1200C. The 550C and the Laser and PaintJet series'.
The driver is pre-configured to produce optimum print speed and shade resolution, although it only supports 4096 colours, so it still won't be able to produce a full range of output when used to print AGA or 24-bit images.
It's currently available in English or German and you can find out by contacting their Fax Information Retrieval Service on 0800 960271.
EPSON PROJECTOR OUT OF PRODUCTION Epson's Top Rated VP-10OPS video protector (reviewed in CU AMIGA February 1994) has now ceased production Although Visual Products had tied up a distribution deal tor the projector, all the existing units have now been sold. Due to very popular demand for the unit.
Visual Products are al present in negotiations with the manufacturers of a similar projector, which they hope to be distributing very soon, although they are unlikely to be able to match the VP-tOOPS’s relatively low price of £799, Contact Visual Products on 0494 890601.
CD32 USER GROUP CD Exchange is a user group dedicated solely to the Amiga CD32. Members will benefit from regular newsletters and swap facilities. A quarterly CD-ROM is also being considered Membership is £9.99. Contact them at CD Exchange, Unit D5. Hi-Tech House.Blackfriars Street. Norwich. NR3 1SF. Tel: 0603 662066 TRIPLE VISION A new company called Visual Promotions has announced its entry into the computer arena with a tno ol graphics related products.
The first is a T-shirt printing service. If you send them an IFF screen on a disk, they'll print the tile in black and white or grey shades onto a quality white T-shirt lor only £6.95. If you're feeling exceptionally flush, you can send two pictures and have a double sided shin printed for only £8 95.
US ROBOTICS Modem manufacturers US Robotics are offering
300. 000 free copies ol a guide to on-line services and Comms.
Entitled The Sportster Guide to On-Line Services, the 45 page full colour booklet is primarily aimed at PC owners, although it also contains a great deal of interest to Amiga owners too.
The Guide is being distnbuted via a number of PC magazines, but it you have trouble tracking a copy down, you can obtain one from Sally Roberts. US Robotics. 224 Berwick Avenue, Slough. Berkshire, SL1 4QT. Tel; 0753 811180.
Video users will doubtless be interested to hear about their Visuals collection; a series of disks, each containing a collection of photo realistic graphic files. The first volume consists ol three disks of landscape and sunset images. The images are available in a variety of formats ranging from HAM and HAM8 up to 24-bit. BMP and TIFF The set is a snip at only £5.95. The final product is a book called The Ultimate DTP Guide and it'll come as absolutely no surprise to learn mat it covers a variety of DTP related subjects including choosing a software package, page design, fonts and using
graphics. At only £5.95, the book seems to represent good value tor money. You can expect a review here soon. For further details phone 0303 245378.
FREE COMMS GUIDE FROM THE ONE 93% "... we were concerned when LucasArts announced they were going to leave the Amiga scene, but with Revolution currently producing stuff like this, who needs 'em V CU AMIGA 95% "Simply one of the best adventures ever released on the Amiga" AMIGA FORMAT 94% FORMAT GOLD "... one of the most enjoyable graphic adventures to appear on the Amiga for a long time."
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Green and blue in each colour of the image. Move through the palette with the plus and minus buttons. Click OK when you're happy with it.
Finally, to render the animation, Adorage is a video effects package that specialises in creating professional quality wipes and fades. You supply it with a foreground IFF image, and an optional background image, select your desired effect, and Adorage renders a slick animation. For example, your production company logo could make an entrance onto the screen like an unfurled flag, or It could break up into lots of tiny pieces and blow away in the wind. It makes an excellent alternative to boring old scrolling credits. Why not transform your titles with your cast list exploding into the
foreground, or add a bit of spice to that scene change with a neat roller-blind effect? Your friends will adore It!
G Once the disk has booted up to a Workbench screen, double click the Disk 78 icon.
Odouble click Hie Tick Force icon, end insert your lint scare disk a*eo Hie prompt tells you.
O Replace Disk 79 alien you're asked Q Repeal steps 3 and 4. Lint clicking on the Adorage icon and then on the MVK icon.
YOUR OUICKSTART GUIDE TO LOADING DISK 78 rxsar- . ......" GETTING STARTED Adorage creates very smooth animations, but at the price of fairly heavy memory usage If you've got a 1 Mb Amiga, the first thing you need to do is create a lo res interlaced 2 colour image. Do this with Deluxe Pain! Or something similar, and save it out to a blank disk. H you try to use the demo image on the Adorage disk with just 1 Mb. You'll run out of memory. Even using lo-res interlaced 2 colour images, you may come up against memory problems. These can manifest themselves as crashes, partial lock-ups, or simple
"out of memory" messages. Some effects will require a little more memory than others, so don't be alarmed if your first attempt fails.
Insert your Adorage disk and reset the Amiga Double dick the Adorage disk icon, then double dick the Adorage program icon. The main control panel will pop up after a few seconds. Take a look at the available effects on the left-hand panel, and click one of them with the left mouse button.
A second panel will appear, which will vary depending on the effect you've chosen. As a rule, Adorage always has the suggested option highlighted in yellow, so if in doubf.
Choose that one. In this case though, you can pick any one you like. The options you see here are variables for the current etted.
The tile requestor will be set up to load the demo image "LogoJFF".
If you have 2Mb or more, dick the load button. If you have 1Mb. Insert the disk with your previously prepared image into the internal drive, and dick on the parent button Select cancel from the requestor, then click the DFO: button. Now select the filename of your image and dick on Load Now you'll be asked to specify the foreground image. As you won't have loaded anything yet, click on File Select. If you've previously loaded an image, and you want to use it again, dick on Image Repeat.
Next you can define a specific part of the image to be processed. If you want the whole screen to be affected, click on Full Image If you want to specify a certain area, then choose With Mouse. In this case you'll be able to cordon off a rectangular section of the screen with the mouse. Holding down the left mouse Button and dragging the mouse will alter the size of the selection window.
To move the window, drag it with the bar at the top. Once you've got the window in position, click in the small square in the top left corner. Click on Use Previous Position.
The animation recording panel is image from disk, ot use one from the previous animation. The Background and foreground images must be in the same resolution, with the same number of colours.
COVERDISKS CU AMIGA AdoPlay program induded on the disk. This must be used from CLI or the Shell The usage is AdoPlay filename (options]. So, if you wanted to play an animation called My Anim from a disk in the internal drive, you would enter ADO- PLAYDFO:MYANIM.
The options are M (start with the mouse).
E (play once only), E .x. (play x times), and D (delay). Add any ol these options to the line after the filename.
OPTIONS There are plenty of ways to tailor the Adorage program to your specific requirements. Clicking on the ADO Prefs button on the main control panel gives you access to the options screen. II you find that the display is slightly oft to one side, use the Screen Position option to centre it up on your screen. Move the display around with the cursor keys.
You can choose whether you want your animations saved out as IFF tiles or SSA files. SSA files are incompatible with standard Amiga animation packages such as Dpaint, but benefit from smoother playback with the AdoPlay player.
Switching to FF will give you compatibility with any other Amiga animation package. A one second pause between each effect is the default, but you can change this to no delay, or increase the delay in steps of one second. Spring Intensity gives you control over the ’springyness’’ ol the effects. DPT, HOMO1 Now you've got an animation in RAM, you can play it back in realtime. Click on the Control button on the Animation panel on the right of the screen Click on the Play button, and you'll see the first trame ol your animation. A click on the left mouse button will start the animation play
ing. Use the right mouse button to exit back to the main control panel.
To save your animation, dick on the File option from the animation control panel. Insert a disk with plenty ol space on it into DFO:. Click on the Parent button, then cancel the requestor, and click on the DFO: button. Click in the bottom box of the tile requestor, and delete any text that may be there. Replace it with DFO myamm You can of course change "myanim' to the filename of your choice.
If you have enough available memory, you can chain one effect after another, to make a more complex animation. Just select a new effect, and it will be tagged onto the last one. The forward backward direction buttons define whether the effect wipes onto or oft the screen There are times when you might want to replay your animations from outside the main Adorage program In this case, you’ll need to use the IMPORTANT NOTE Because ol the way In which the super smooth animation system worts. 40orape can only wort writti interlaced images II you want lo use an Imago mat is not interlaced. Lake
it into a palnl program such as Holme Paint, stretch it vertically so that it s double the height ol me original, and men save It as an interlaced screen.
7ARNET PROBLEMS?
Having been besieged by queries on ParNet, John Kennedy has finally relented and decided to give us the lowdown the most common ParNet problems.
ParNel is a program which can be used 10 link Amigas. It does this by creating a new Amiga device, rather like a (loppy or hard disk This device can then be used to access the memory and dnves Irom the other computers.
ParNel will work on any Amiga, Irom an A4000 to a CDTV. We have successfully used it to interconnect an A4000. An A500, an A1200 and a CDTV. Which just about covers every kickstart and workbench combination going. When the CD32 add-on becomes available, it should be possible to add this to the list PROBUMS However, that is not to say that get ting ParNet working is particularly easy, it requires a good bit ol experimentation before it works perfectly every time.
By the tar the most common mistakes are made with the cable. So, check and re-check the special cable as per the instructions in the document that came with the ParNel software.
My set-up behaved erratically until it was discovered that one of the parallel port connects had to be screwed fully into place before the correct connections were made Also, ensure that you don't have a modem or any other peripheral connected to the serial port, as this can sometimes effect operation SOFTWARE The purpose of the ParNel software is to create a new AmigaDOS device, and this requires a little work on your behalf.
1. BOOTABLE DISKS To start with, you will need two bootable
Workbench disks; one for each of your computers. You will need
two different disks, you can't share one between the both of
them These disks must be configured so that each machine has
the relevant files, for example, a CDTV must have a 1.3
Workbench, and an A1200 must have a 3.0 Workbench.
Call the disks number 0 and I I J 23 way D-Typa cawctofi
* ) respectively, and wnte the number on them to avoid
confusion. Rename the disks DISKO and DISK1 using the Workbench
rename command.
2. INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE First of all, you will need to get the
software all together in one place, and the RAM disk is a good
a place as any. Open a Shell window, and copy the contents of
the directory into the RAM: disk, with a command sequence like
this: copy "cu "74 :parnet “ ram: If you only have one floppy
disk drive, you might need to enter RESIDENT COPY to avoid a
lot of disk swopping.
You will need the double quotes because there is a space in the name of the floppy disk. You should now have all the relevant files in your RAM disk.
3. CREATING THE DISKS Each bootable disk will need several files
copied to it. For the first disk, open a SHELL and enter: copy
ram: par net .device disk0:devs copy ram:netpnet-handler
disk0:l copy rara: netpnet-server disk0:c For the second
disk, open a SHELL and enter: copy ram:parnet.device
diskl:devs copy ram:netpnet-handler diskl:1 copy
ram:netpnet-server diskl:c
4. ALTERING THE MOUNTLIST Pre-Workbench 3.0 computers need a file
called the Mountlist. This file contains inlormation about the
various drives and devices connected to the Amiga Workbench
3.0 keeps this information in ROM.
If your computer is pre- Workbench 3.0, you will need to edit the existing mountlist. You can do this with the Commodore text editor ED.
If your computer is using Workbench 3.0 you will need to add a new Mountlist. Again, ED can be used to do this.
From the shell, enter the following list: ed DISKO:devs mountlist and then add the following: NET: Stacksize - 8000 Priority
- 5 GlobVec
- -1 Unit
- 0 Device - devs:parnet.device Surfaces
- 0 BlocksPerTrack - 0 Reserved « 0 LowCyl
- 0 HighCyl
- 0 Filesystem ¦ 1:netpnet- 1 handler Then do the same for DISK1:
ed DISKI:devs mountlist and add the following: NET: Stackslze -
8000 Priority
- 5 GlobVec
- -1 Unit
- 1 Device ¦ devs:parnet.device Surfaces
- 0 BlocksPerTrack - 0 Reserved
- 0 LowCyl
- 0 HighCyl
- 0 Filesystem - l:netpnet- handler Notice how the UNIT number
has changed to be 1.
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5. STARTING THE COMPUTER LINK Now switch the computers off.
Connect the cable and reboot them with their respective floppy disks.
Open a SHELL window. Now. On the computer which has used DISKO, enter: NETPNET-SERVER UNIT 1 This instructs the computer to run a server program for the UNIT 0 machine.
On the computer which has the DISK1 boot disk enter: NETPNET-SERVER UNIT 0 You may wish to add these instructions to the user- startup sequence (or start upll files on Work bench 1.3 systems.)
The network should now be running, but you probably won't see anything yet.
6. USING THE LINK Open a shell on one computer, and enter cd net:
After a few seconds you should see a new icon appear Still in
the shell enter: cd net:df0 Now you can access the other
machine's floppy disk by using commands such as dir netidfO
Hard disks, printers, serial ports and RAM disks and CD ROM
drives can accessed in the same way
7. USING A HARD DISK If one or more of the computers has a hard
disk, you’ll need to copy the files into the relevant L:. C:
and DEVS: drawer, and everything will still work in the same
way.
8. APPLICATIONS A common application of PariVef is to add a
CD-ROM drive to another Amiga. For example, an A1200 can be
linked to a CDTV. The A1200 can then access the CD-ROM drive
by using device name cdO:.
EVEN MORE HELP... Sometimes a particular system will misbehave for no good reason. Here is a list of things to check:
• Is the cable perfect?
• Are there any small programs running in the background?
• Has a good virus checking program been used?
• Are you trying to use the parallel printer port?
• Is a modem connected?
• Have both machines been reset together?
Please read the supplied ParNet documentation carefully. If you are still having problems, don't despair!
The PD Library 17 Bit sell preconfigured floppy disks - one for each machine. They also sell a disk which contains in-depth help on ParNet.
Telephone them on (0924) 366982 for details A new update to ParNet is available. Called ParNFS. This is lixes a few bugs and generally works faster It requires Workbench 2.0 and up.
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MASTER VIRUS KILLER 3 A virus is a small electronic program which has been created by malicious and sad people who have absolutely nothing worthwhile to do with their lives. A virus is always self-replicating and most are harmful to a greater or lesser degree Some damage your disks as an inadvertent side effect of replication, whilst others are custom designed to destroy your data.
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Ol prevention is better than a pound ot cure’. And that was never more true than where viruses are con- cerned because, generally speaking, they're extremely easy to protect against. There are tour simple measures that you can take to safeguard yourself.
1. Keep your disks write-protected at all times. Because viruses
replicate themselves by writing to any unprotected disks,
you can stop them dead in their tracks by simply ensuring
that the write protect tab (the little black slider) is in the
up position on all ol your disks. As long as you can see
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2. Turn the power ott for at least 20 seconds betore loading any
program ttiat involves unprotected disks.
Obviously, there will be times when you'll need to unprotect some disks, in order to to save data to them. This is when they become vulnerable. II you've previously used an infected disk, chances are that the virus is now sitting in your computer's memory waiting to inlect any other unprotected disks. Such viruses can- not remain alive in memory it you turn the power ott tor at least 20 sec- onds. So when you know you’re going to use a program that requires unprotected disks, play it sate, and power down first.
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4. Always check any new disks thoroughly with one or more virus
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Please note* If one of your game disks becomes infected, killing the virus will often render the disk unusable, A general rule of thumb is that if the game loads even though the disk is infeded with a vims, then killing the vims will not hurt the game.
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BLOCK mmoj Unfortunately, although boot block viruses are try far the most common type, there are also many even more virulent ones, including Startup- sequence, link and file viruses.
MVK3 does not automatically check tor these, although it s a simple matter to do so.
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The requester will disappear.
To demonstrate that the option works, insert a DOS disk (the Workbench disk will do). You’ll notice that the program automatically checks the disk's boot block as before. Now click the Check Disk icon. A new window will appear, and MVK3 will start to list all of the files on the disk as it checks them. It will also OK them (as well as telling you what type of files they are) as it linds out that they're safe.
It a virus is detected, you will be offered the opportunity to kill it.
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When a disk containing VDC loads, early on in the loading sequence the screen will briefly Hash blue and a bleep will be heard.
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We try to ensure that viruses do not get on your disks. We always have the most advanced virus checkers available when the disk is compiled and eveiy program goes through rigorous testing. However, we can accept no responsibility lor possible damage incurred by viruses which Task Force is a strategy game lor one player. It’s very much in the vein ol titles such as Breach 2 and Dragon Force. There are a number ol missions, but all involve you guiding a team ol 5 soldiers around the landscape, shooting or dodging the enemy Once the game has loaded, you'll find yourself at the main options
screen. There are six options: Play = Start a new game using the current settings Difficulty = Easy. Normal, Hard or Mega.
Music - On or oH Seed Taskforce = Allows you to enter a ten letter initial value which determines many ol the pseudo-ran- dom events in the game, including your team’s power, and that of the opposition. This allows you to play the same missions under a variety ol conditions The same ten letters produce the same conditions.
Centre Play - On or oH. Tells the computer to move the map so that the current character is at its centre.
Instructions - Find out more about the game.
STARTING OUT Once you've selected Play, you'll go to the mission selection screen where you can select one ol the eight missions to attempt.Clicking the next and previous buttons at the bottom ol the screen allows you to view the different missions. The Map button will display the map associated with the current mission, whilst the Orders button will re-display the mission text.
When you've chosen a mission, click the red Next button at the top ol the screen to go to the team supply screen, where you will choose the equipment that your team will carry. .
The team members can be selected by clicking on their icons at the top left ol the screen, whilst equipment can be chosen horn the list at the right by clicking on the required item, then on the Eqpip button Each team member has a random, but strictly limited amount ol cash, indicated by the number next to the money bag icon. Naturally each piece ol equipment has a price attached to it, and once your money 's gone, that's it.
When your ready to begin your mission, dick Next again.
PLAYING THE GAME The game is played in alternating movement and combat rounds. You use the movement rounds to position your troops and the combat round to do any fighting that needs to be done.
Each member ot your team has a certain movement allowance, which is different from character to charac ter According to their choice ol weapons, they also have various combat ranges.
The game starts in movement mode. The character whose turn it is to move, will Hash briefly. Using either the keyboard cursor keys, or the mouse and the green on-screen arrows, move the character wherever you want them to go.
As soon as they run out ol movement points, their turn will be over and the next character will Hash. II you want to end a character's turn before they've used all ol their points, click on the Pass button.
You can scroll around the map by simply moving the mouse to the edges ol the screen.
Once everyone's moved, you will go straight into the Fire phase This is where you get to shoot at people H you want Start by selecting a weapon from the selection shown below the current character's picture at the left ol the screen. You must then select a target. Move the cursor on top ol Ihe target using he mouse. If the target is in range, a square will appear around them. To shoot, click the leH button.
Every shot you or the enemy lires takes into account the distance to the target, the type ol weapon.
Ihe shooter's accuracy and a small random (actor. This means that just because you appear to score a hit, doesn't mean that the victim necessarily dies.
The enemy also has a variety ol logic modes which determines the way that they will react to your presence Reactions indude standing their ground, running away and running towards you returning lire.
The game is over when you either achieve your mission or run out ol squad members.
INFO Task Force was written by Mark Sheeky who is 21 years old and lives in Crewe. Mark has entered just about every CU competition in history. In fact he even managed to win our Tune ol the Month competition a couple ol years back.
He's been regularly producing shareware and public domain games, and he writes in 100% assembly language.
Mark wrote all the code, designed the graphics and wrote the music lor Task Force.
H you write software and would like to see it published, and even perhaps earn a little bit ot money into the bargain, send your contributions to: Andy Leaning, Coverdisk Submissions. CU Amiga, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane.
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I you want to usa your CRAFT tor AMOS coverdisk to its lull and maximum potential and unleash the massive powers within, why not purchase the original program s manual at e special price ol )ust £9 99?
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For Fun or AMIGA All Models Not content with bringing you the first review of Sierra’s new adventure, we’re even giving away a complete demo of the game.
Steve Keen guides you through this fab game.
QUICKSTART GUIDE TO LOADING DISK 79 First the completely obvious stutl. Not everyone’s a closet boftin or polyester clad Clive Sinclair you know. Here's the bare basics you need to know to get this month's incredible cover piece up and running like a diarrheic greyhound.
Follow our step by step, tool prool and fancy tree disk routine and you'll have no problem jumping straight into the action.
11t couldn't be simpler. Firstly write protect the disk.
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3 Lastly, using the F keys, select the game that you want to play and away you gol This months fantastic playable demo is Sierra's latest graphic adventure. Kings Quest VI. It’s just a small taste of what's to come when the full game is released, but what an appetiser this is! The final game is a whopping size, due to weigh in on no less than nine disks, so space on this month’s cover disk is tighter than an elephant's underpants! Enough idle chat though, why not plug in, sit back and let the adventure begin.
First, let me fill you in quickly on the background details. The game's plot is thicker than a whale omelet, but for now all you need to know is that the prince in question is paying a visit to his would-be girlfriend.
Princess Cassima. While on the way the ship he’s travelling in is struck by a ferocious storm and, as the gargantuan waves lick the deck, the hopeful young lad is knocked unconscious.
Fortunately for you that’s not the end of the tale (it would be a bit of a swindle if it was) and an amazing adventure awaits the Prince on the four islands belonging his royal beau. The puzzles and path the game follows is bound to prove problematic for a small section of our non adventuring readers, so with the help of those excellent programming bods at Revolution, we have put together this complete walk through guide to the demo. So close your eyes if you don’t want any help... no peeking now!
Once you've finally completed the demo, turn to page 73 for the full, exclusive, review of this monster game! So, what are you waiting for people? Get stuck in!
GggpOUINGTHE Here’s a quick rundown of the simple controls. The whole game is mouse led. You'll notice that the cursor constantly changes shape. These are the different actions that you can perform. Walk, talk, touch and look. The fifth icon is reserved for any objects that you pick up, so you can always have one ready in your hand. The icons can be scrolled through by clicking on the right mouse button.
To activate an action simply click on the left button. The same can be achieved through a menu bar that's hidden at the top of the screen.
There’s also a save and load game icon and an inventory chest that shows you what you've picked up.
Please note that specific flags have been preset lo allow the player to trigger certain sequences Ihal would otherwise not be available.
Occasionally, text wilt appear referring lo events Ihal the player will not have experienced in this demo. »
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Open the box and remove the coin. Leave the beach and take the right hand path towards the castle.
Approach the castle entrance and engage the guard dogs in conversation. Try giving them the coin to let The menu bar In action.
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CU AMIGA COVEROISKS you in. Show the guard dogs the ring that you found on the beach.
The chief guard dog will come out and escort you in.
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Learn about the Vizier's plans for the wedding.
Return to the tree and diverging paths screen and you'll see that a bird has appeared. Give the ring to the bird. Pick up the ribbon that the I I bird brings back I from Cassima ¦BKp Return to the i! Shore where you started the game ' ¦and wade as lar ) " as you can into the |BMV| water This ends 9 I ‘ * I start J demonstration all ¦I over again t, rnAM SOM ord KM imes over the years, and with every reworking of the formula, so a different name is bom. In the past it’s been called Squares.
Lines. Pavings and we’ve even heard of a version called Cubicks! But. As soon as you get a glimpse of the screen shots on this page, you'll know that leopards don't change their dotzl Dotz is a classic classroom game that's been brought back to life with a smashing Amiga version Although many of us will have played it on graph paper, with a pen or pencil, the computer version is no different. Oh, apart from the fact that you don't have to waste your time scrawling out all those dots on scraps ot paper anymore, they're all drawn by your Amiga Most adults will be familiar with Dotz and for those
of you wtio've never seen the game before you'll be relieved to know that there's nothing to playing it but hours of fun. The controls are rudimentary to say the least, but then again, it they weren't the game wouldn't have survived in the classroom all these years!
Dotz is set up for two players only Two friends take it in turns to lay down a single line foming two dots. Just place the mouse cursor between the two yellow dots where you want to position a line and then press the left mouse button. Then pass the mouse over to your opponent for his turn. The ultimate aim is to form squares which are filled in and colour coded according to who completed the last section to form the cube. As long as you form squares you can keep having goes But there's no point in trying to cheat your way through by taking more turns than you're entitled to - a tiny number
1 or 2 appears above the mouse pointer to keep you up to date with whose turn it Is.
The game ends when the grid is completely full and there is no room left to make any more squares.
The player with the most squares filled in is declared the winner. Dotz is a simple but fun trip down memory lane.
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Cashing in on your Amiga skills isn’t easy, but with a good idea, lots of enthusiasm and some solid backing it is possible... Tony Dillon shows you how five companies managed to make it big from small beginnings. Could you do it too?
I can remember a lime when small software houses had to bring games to you because there wasn't any room in their kitchen for a press conference.
Then along came the big corporations and the console makers, and money flooded into the market. If you didn't have an office and a fax machine, you didn't get in on the deals. There was nowhere for the home coder to go.
LEAD FEATV’.l: CU AMIGA Then the PD market exploded and licenceware became the place to be. You only have to look at Doom on the PC to see the quality that's available now. In effect, PD became the new cottage industry, but due to its own low pricing, coding for it could never be a full time profession for the hundreds that do so.
But now home coding seems to be making a comeback. The corporates have become too big for their own good, and product quality has slipped in favour of profit. A change was needed, and Team 17 were the people to do it. Against the odds they managed to create a name and a market, simply by thinking of the consumer rather than the bank and opening .
Up the software industry to all and sundry. Now you too can have a num- ber one game! V We decided to talk to some of the other companies who are j ffV . Provi-g that agamst I the odds, it can be done |
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ft you. T* e poton* Arcane Software Developments, AKA ASD, was
set up in September
1991. Its sole aim was to develop superior quality software that
stands out from the already vast amount of software
available in the marketplace today. They also aimed to
encompass unique graphics, sound and cunning gameplay,
founded on and backed up by superior coding from its
in-house programming team Stephen lies, ASD's Managing
Director and Director of Protects entered the industry in
1988, learning from the raw talent of people like Nick
Wilson. Clive Townsend and Simon Francis. Already with
seven years of computing experience behind him. He joined
the industry with a vast amount of knowledge ol what made
slick and highly enjoyable computer games that people would
want to play Betore setting up Arcane Steve completed an
ITEC college course where he studied business practice and
office skills, going on to manage a computer and software
retail outlet and achieving record sales using unique
marketing strategies. With this experience he then went on
to work for the Virgin Group at one of their London
Megastores where he headed the information department and
general enquiries. Here he gained invaluable insight into
the likes and dislikes of the average games player by
carrying out numerous public surveys.
Soon, with both the management and retail experience he had gained, it was time for him to start his own development group.
INTRODUCING ASD's first protect was the famous 'Powermongef intro for Bullfrog Electronic Arts. This brought them much acclaim, and they were asked to do the Populous 2 and Birds Of Prey intros The latter was widely descnbed as the best intro to ever grace a computer game They also scripted and produced the intro to Desert Strike on the Amiga, but this was not used as the game ended up on too many disks. Their only game released to date is Rubicon, but this however was not developed solely by ASD. Currently, they are developing original product tor Virgin Interactive Entertainment,
including the artwork and intro animation tor 'Werewolt KA-50' - a new combat
• light simulator - and two ot the ingame characters lor
Dragon, the game ot the film.
A unique member ol the design team is Kevin Williams. Kevin started his career in computer games and co-designed The Last Ninja among others. From here he took his skills to both Electrocoin and Capcom where he designed software lor arcade machines.
Collecting his many talents together he then moved on to Reditfusion where he designed the entertainment software lor the virtual reality capsule called Commander. All of the game designs are now overseen by Kevin: he also manages to supply Arcane with some of his own.
LIFT-OFF Arcane have recently announced that they intend to launch themselves as a mainstream publisher.
On December 14th Arcane Entertainment was officially bom.
With Arcane Sottware Developments as an additional label.
¦We felt that with the amount of people now dropping the Amiga platform, and the amount of good- quality designs currently held by us it was the only choice Supreme Warriors, lor example, Is a product that we spent a great deal ol time trying to sell on the Amiga, and although the response was 'Yeah, an amazing design', many of the publishers were not interested in this as a target version. Hence it is currently in development under Arcane's root. As far as having problems. There were a lew setbacks but these were down to dodgy programmers at the end of the day. Apart Irom that, things
seem to have gone very smoothly ‘ says Stephen Future plans lor Arcane stretch to possible investment in Multimedia and continued to steady expansion, as well as producing 'stunning original games that the public will want to play'.
Details ot protects this year include Turbo Trax on Amiga 500 1200 CD32 as well as two other titles. Next year will see the release of Supreme Warriors and Esairs XII, an A1200 shoot em up. With a very strong marketing arm on their side.
Daze Marketing, they are now in a position to push the Arcane name and its product to the very maximum ol its potential.
One ol the prime examples of home grown sottware publishers has to be New Zealand based Acid Software Responsible for the labulous programming package Blits Baste 2 and the runaway success that is Skidmarks, the team have risen from relative obscurity to media darlings in less time than it takes to boil a Volkswagen.
Composed of Simon Armstrong, Mark Sibly and Andrew Blackbourne. The team recently set up a European base in Camden Town, thanks to the marketing skills ol Frenchman Benoit Varasse Benny tells CU AMIGA how Add first began. -Add started 3 years ago in New Zealand with the release of Blits Basic II in Asia and America. Then in September 1993 Coming Soon... TURBO TRAX » morale! Ol a racing game. Tart a Jru Is Soper Sprint on steroids Race all manner ol rehi- des around all manner ol tracts. In and around dlles. Lorests and nan die odd F1 racetrack. The game looks brilliant, but wbat Is most
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Acid Acid established its European subsidiary to publish their products. The whole thing started in June. I was finishing an Msc at Kent University when a good friend ol mine (Mungo Letr. Then at DMI) told me about a totally amazing package called Bha Basic. Simon Armstrong wanted me to translate the Blits manual into French. Alter DMI collapsed I proposed to Simon to set up its, publishing subsidiary in the U.K. and we launched our first product, Skidmarks. In December.'
BIG MONEY So who are the people behind this licence to print money? ‘All the people working at Acid Sottware have been involved in computer sottware Thu Add boys In scllon: Horn lop - Bsnon vsrsssc. European PR and marautlng.
Simon Armstrong, lira big boss and Mart Sibly. Star codar.
Since the first 8-bit machines. This explains our commitment to playability over anything else. Simon Armstrong, the big boss ol Acid has been involved with developments on the Vic-20 and Commodore 64, although his first big achievement was a program called ColorVlsion on the Amiga.
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¦Andrew was an 18 year old student who just happened to also be a Blitz user when he started to write Skidmarks' With that much knowledge of the industry behind them, why decide to set up an independent team?
To be free!!! Publishing lor ourselves means we are able to release exactly what we want, without being driven by any financial consideration other than paying our Bills.
I think the main reason is that none of those working with Acid would really fit in with a normal games publisher. We are really too crazy for that (especially Mark) Plus, Simon and Mark always wanted to set up a publishing company in New Zealand Since I always wanted to start my own publishing company independently. Something different to what's out there, getting together was the best thing that could happen.'
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It can't all have been as smooth as that though, can it? There must have been some problems But where do Acid go now? Benoit replies: ¦Well, the most important plans at the moment would be some holidays. Mark and Simon are. At the moment, in Disneyland, but I am thinking about a more relaxed destrna tion. Jamaica maybe then it will be time to release the CD32 ..jns some didn't. All were flies! Hin to ploy though "Heaps of problems, man. I started by selling Biitz from my student bedroom in Canterbury. We sold 15 the first month! The problem was to turn this microscopic venture into a real
company in less than 3 months. And Acid Software New Zealand was really very short of cash at that time, since DMI went bust and Woodys World that Simon was handling for Vision was badly released .
Also, as neither Simon or myself could afford a plane ticket, we never met each other before February and we set up the entire deal by fax - which caused a few communication problems. Anyway. I ended up borrowing £2.000 from my lovely sister and went to London to rent a flat and set up a kind of office in it' continues Benoit.
¦Then the real problems started: first of all It was very hard to open a bank account for this company (a French guy setting up ACID soft ware with a bunch of Kiwis!!!). Then nobody wanted to let us produce our goods on credit, basically nobody trusted us.
Luckily, we came across a few good companies like The Software Business and especially CDS Software from Doncaster which realised our potential and helped us at the right time. They don't regret it now that Skid is on top of charts and Blitz is recognised as the best development tool for the Amiga.
¦Amiga users have understood that we are working for them (which is why we don't release any rubbish Hollywood licences with no game- play) and everything seems a lot easier But setting up the whole thing, going from zero to the top. That was really a blast. I would have done it just tor the good time."
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¦Then we ll have Mark's new game, Guardian. (The Amiga equivalent of the Nintendo game Starwing).
We really lee! Very strong about this game. I really think you wr« all be blown away.
"We decided to do the CD32 first so that we can really take advantage of the machine (especially the seven- button joypad. Perfect for playability) and give the CD32 the software support it deserves. So CD32 users don't worry, Guardian is coming and it is the best thing that could happen for your machine "Apart from that we have a few other plans tor the next Xmas season that I don't want to unveil now. We also expect a lot from our UK Blitz users There are thousands ot them out there, we have brought them the best development package there is, I am sure something good is going to come from
them. We are obviously interested in publishing any Blitz software that meets our quality and gameplay standards So UK users, keep on hacking, if an 18 year old kid can write Skidmarks in Blitz, you can do something cool too.
Finally, the success ot Skidmarks means we have quite a bit ot cash to play with. We are interested in meeting top (but really top. Mind .)
Programmers, games designers, artists, musicians etc... that would like to work on some ot our projects or need sponsorship tor their own projects.
We are obviously looking at new 64-bit platforms although we are, and will remain, an Amiga software publisher first. The only condition for being part ol Add Software is to be realy interested in video-games themselves (and not the money they generate, like 95% of the people I've met in the industry), to commit to playability and be a cool bloke who likes to party a loti * ‘As for the money, we make sure at Add that everybody gets a lair share and is happy Maybe in a couple of years, we'll be able lo offer Sensible a deal, those guys are really hot. We respect them. I just hope they
like to party too1 And finally, if we get successful enough, we would like to get involved in politics and try to change the way people think a bit. Maybe help the world be a bit less competitive.* Benoit concludes.
You could almost believe them too. Acid Software have come from nowhere to the top in no time at all.
At time ol going to press, Skidmarks has sold over 15.000 copies' Not bad at all for the guys who just want to party!
» Coming Soon... GUARDIAN Originally titled Slbwing. Guardian Is Matk Sibly's interpretation of the SNES game Sliming, and it plays even better than it loots. A6A only at this stage, the game leatores more coloors and sounds than any contemporary, and features the player as an Intargalactic star jockey performing missions for a military organisation. More than that is impossible to tell yo. At present, as the game changes so much from ¦reek lo week. We'll have more Info as soon as we got It.
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With their undisputed inside information, wouldn't it have been easier to go with a major company at that point? Why go it alone?
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“There’s nothing wrong with that route, but it does mean you're actually giving a lot of the game’s profit to the software house, sure, they're taking the risk in publishing your game and they’re doing all the donkey work involved in actually getting your game onto the shelves at Smiths or Boots, but if you believe your game's good and you believe that people still want to buy good games and you can afford to take the risk yourself then why not? It means, of course, that we have to spend a lot of money hiring the people we need to handle bringing the game to market, because none of us have
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use our experience when we publish future games."
An idyllic situation to be in. Can it all have been so easy?
‘Problems?- Very few so far.
Because we’d all worked in the industry and because this was something we actually spent a lot of time thinking about, we were aware of all the pitfalls and problems that were likely to arise beforehand, and so they’ve been easy to deal with. Nothing ever runs as smoothly as you’d like them it to, of course, but at least if you’re aware of what problems you might face and can devise contingency plans before they occur then you’re going to be much better prepared should things go all pear shaped.
Advice?
• Believe in what you’re doing but be realistic. Don't try to do
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as you originally thought it would!” And after Zeewolf?
“Once Zeewolf has been published we'll be straight into our next project - Binary Asylum intend to release three or four quality products a year and we aim to expand very slowly. We don’t ever want to get to the point where we're simply pumping out games (or products as they’d become) simply for the hell of it, or to make a fast buck.
We only want to publish games that we would go out and buy and enjoy playing ourselves. Then we all want to retire and run a beach cocktail bar in the Bahamas!" » Coming Soon... ZEEWOLF If this game reminds us ol anything, it has to be David Braben's wonderful 3D epic Virus (formerly Zarch). Like Desert Strike viewed from the side, the game has you doing all the things that active helicopter pilots do (rescue people destroy buildings etc) while doing all the other things lhal helicopter pilots do (stay in the air, for example). It's fast, it’s colour, and it's pretty damn exciting looking.
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No! All software developers need lo publish the games themselves One offshoot ot the resurgence in the cottage industry has been marketing and sales teams such as The Software Business and Black Legend, who take on the work ot independent developers and handle all the distn- bution. Without the high loss ol prolit generally connected with majors.
Daze Marketing are one ol the more recent and more successful ol these teams, and Richard Henneriey tells all. "Daze Marketing was launched in January 1992.1 had two main reasons lor setting up the company; firstly I had a personal desire to be my own boss and secondly I had. In my time in the business, identified a distinct opportunity in the market I recognised that there was no company in the computer games industry that dealt exclusively in representing (in terms ol sales, marketing and PR) the interests ol overseas publishers, in the UK and territories outside their home country. It
was clear that there was a great deal ol talent on the continent. Producing excellent games and needing the opportunity to get them across the whole ol Europe.
That's the opportunity that Daze Marketing oilers them.
CONCEPTION “When Daze was conceived there were other companies handling overseas developers' games but only as an adjunct to their existing publishing business. Products Irom represented labels got a second best service and were considered less important than those being developed in-house.
Often they were simply exploited as sources of quick cashflow between releases.
“So Daze stepped in to oiler a lull service to loreign labels seeking a base in the UK and pan-European distribution We concentrate solely on their needs, with no involvement whatsoever in development or other forms ol publishing The formula has proved lo be an outstanding success.
Over the last 2 years we have proved ourselves to be the best agency in the UK for establishing Europe-wide sales and a solid brand identity lor independent labels.'
So who are the wacky, short haired crew that make up Daze Marketing? Managing Director Richard Henneriey has been in the business for about seven years and has worked under the banner ol both Prism Leisure and Palace Software before going it alone with Daze. PR and Marketing Manager Cliff Guy spent an equal number ol years as a publicist in the book and magazine publishing industry belore stepping into games publishing. The team is supported by Louise Alexander, who takes care ol the accounts (in between pursuing a career as a portrait artist) and new recruit Dowan Ramanan who take on a
dedicated customer support line providing one more valuable service to their clients.
FOLLOW MY LEADER Anyone considenng following the same road as Richard would obviously want to know what to look out lor along problem street, and Henns is happy to oblige. *The ideas I had lor Daze's method ol operation would not have worked within a traditional publishing environment. To make the ideas work I had to branch out on my own and I wanted the independence that this would bring me. As tar as problems go, there were only three.
Cash, cash and cash. I was very lucky as I was backed by some kind people within the industry. III had had to go to the banks lor finance, it would have been a very different story."
Daze has a very busy tew months ahead, with the release ot Ishar 3 Irom Silmarils in May. And their ground breaking survival simulation Robinson’s Requiem. They release Ascon s new footy management game On The Ball in May too along with Bloodhouse's Superstardust for CD32 and A1200 In May and June respectively.
Closing words’ ‘We aim to continue to oiler excellent representation lor our existing clients as well as exploring marketing opportunities tor potential new clients. Our aims are long term - to build up a successful, high-profile for our clients and their titles " Bloodhouse Q: What is the history ol the team members?
A Most ot our members have a vwdemo scene background Some are just everyday video game fanatics.
Q: Why did you decide to go independent rather than work tor an established company?
A: This way we can do whatever we want.
QA : What problems have you had up unto now?
: The hardest thing that spnngs to mind was getting a financier.
QA What are the plans and aims of the company?
: We will start to support Amiga and CD32 actively, but we ll start developing games lor consoles as well. Bloodhouse operates from Finland. This is a little problem, because our main markets are in UK and Europe, so we would like to establish a UK office in the tuture.
Q: How and when did the company begin?
We noticed that there aren't ny software publishers here in Finland. However despite that, we have a lot ol talented programmers, graphic artists etc in our country, but there weren't any sottware houses.
So. We decided to change that, and Bloodhouse Ltd was born Bloodhouse are a very new label, having only released a single game so far. Based in Finland, the boys are men ot few words, happier to let their games speak lor themselves. I sent them a short list of questions, and they returned a short list ol answers and a long list ot games currently in development. Here's the lowdown as I received it: Short but sweet, you will agree, but to the point. Patteri Putkonen then went on to detail all the upcoming Bloodhouse products, which you'll find in the box at the bottom of this lovely page.
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Control an army, tfia oortd. Me me galaxy and then me To Conclude Things will never be as easy as they were in the goodbad old days There is still a highly competitive market out there, and although you can get success. You've still got it all against you.
II you think you've got what it takes, then here's a list ot the things you will need to watch out tor.
1. Money. Even it you're coding at home, you're still going to
need to pay the rent, and just sitting down and typing doesn't
fill your wallet. It you can get someone to invest, great. It
not. You'll going to have to work around a proper' job until
you've got enough to go alone 2 Originality. No-one is going
to buy a copy ot a successful game It you've got another Alien
Breed, then bin It and start again, or make it dltter- ent
enough to count.
3. Planning. When approaching a distribution house such as Daze
or Black Legend, a good storyboard and game design is tar more
important than a demo disk with some flashy scrolling. It
shows you can be organised and in control enough for them lo
take a risk with you.
4. Dedication. It takes time, and you will receive your fair
share ol knock backs. Skidmarks was turned down by some major
distributors belore Add got it out.
5. Your own abilities. What are you actually capable ot doing It
you can get a game together, but have no idea what to do with
it then, then you are going to have to get hold ol someone
to market it tor you. It you leel confident enough to do it
all yourself, then good luck, but the buck stops with you.
6. You don't have to do It all on your own It you have what it
takes, but don’t actually want to start up a team, you can
just as easily join another, or look tor freelance work.
Again, it all comes down to your own capabilities Game designers are thin on the ground, and you could be just what the doctor ordered.
What more can we say? Good luck!
Coming Soon... SUPERSUUtDUST TIM AGA enhanced version ol the superb Asteroids variant, the tame now features 256 colours on screen at once. 46 colour tunnel sections, parallai scrolling, more sound effects and a two player ¦ode. The C032 version is even more enhanced, with 16-bit sound and extra levels) What more could you want?
UTOPOS UMM» u a game that combHm strategy and arcade elements ¦ :ar ooiectt.e It to take net the world, lirst by stepping into battle resell and tban going on to control armies who will tight on your eetrt Once you hare the world under your belt, you can more on to tata planets and then gaiaiios! The arcade segment ol the game lealures real time calculated fractal backgrounds and a 50Hr screen update. And ot course It features the high level ot playability and stunning visuals that Bloodhoust are quickly building a reputation lor AGGRESSION An AGA only horizontally scrolling shoot em up. If
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On top of that. Bloodhouse have plans for a new kind of graphic adventure Benjamin And The Alien Incident' and the mother of all shoot em ups Alien Wars'. Look out for all of these on a page near you.
SOME USEFUL Four of the live companies mentioned are actually development teams, whereas Daze Marketing is distribution and marketing agent If you need the services of such an organisation lor your dream product then the following phone numbers might help: Oaze Marketing: Tel:071 328 2762 Black Legend: Tel:0438 840003 The Software Business Tel: 0480 496 497 You can't use Software this Powerful, and produce Documents this Good... l n ew, you buy an expensive PC or Macintosh™ a high priced Colour PostScript™ Laser Printer, and a complex, costly Desk Top Publishing Package... f'fir:? T- i
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CU AMIGA CD DIARY DIARY OF A GAME Mindscape have recently signed the rights to a brand new, CD only, isometric puz' zle game. If you thought that filling a CD was easy, then read on... m- The advent ot CD in the computer games industry has meant the production ot larger and larger games. Most people seem happy tor now with sticking on an A1200 version ot a game with some digital audio to pad out the space. Some, however, want to use all that extra storage space to create huge games. Developing a game that takes up close to 600Mb is no easy task however, and many just can’t see how it could
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"Firstly, let me introduce you to the Stellar Genesis Agency. In charge of programming is I, John Jones-Steele. I have been in the industry since it CD DIARY CU AMIGA dash off a game on the back of an envelope, forget it. Now ?
Is the time for long Mm and even B3 started, for full details see the March issue of CU AMIGA (on the Sim City 2000 preview). The creative mind behind the Agency is David Rowe.
David’s background is varied, from book design and layout through strip cartoons and game cover design to contributing to the development and production of the highly successful TV series Knightmare (See box for more details). Dave has been producing ideas and artwork on the Amiga 500 for some time, but felt that 32 colours and floppy disks were just too limiting to consider producing a game within those constraints.
NEW TECHNOLOGY 'Enter the CD32 and AGA machines.
Dave and I got together and decided that, at last, a machine was available that we could get excited about developing original games for. We needed both the 256 colours and the storage space to produce games that we ourselves would like to play. The Stellar Genesis Agency was open for business. The first problem to overcome was a communication problem.
I live by the coast in Aberystwyth and Dave lives in the wilds of the Welsh mountains near Llanddewi Brefi. This is a perfect example of telecommuting. With modems and fax machines, distance is not such an obstacle.
Dave can fax sketches and diagrams to me and send finished graphics by modem direct to my hard drive.
“In June of last year, we started throwing around ideas and developing themes, while continuing with the contracts we already had with various publishers. We made a decision very early on, that we wanted to use the whole CD for gameplay and relevant graphics, not to fill it up with tracks of music for padding.
This obviously means more work at the outset, but we feel that CD32 buyers will appreciate games that don’t look like they could have been released on floppy.
"We finally came up with an idea that we both got fired up about and put together an outline proposal to show to publishers. This is where our contact with big business began. No matter how keen a producer is, the product has to go through weeks of evaluation by production teams, marketing departments, even legal departments, before acceptance to go ahead can be given. Finally, in February this year we were given WHO’S THE OTHER GUY?
Regular readers of CU AMIGA will need no introduction to John Jones-Steele. For those who don’t know who he is, here’s a quick summary: John lives in Wales and has coded every single game there is for every machine ever devised, and recently won an award lor converting Allred Chicken to ran on ERNIE, the pools computer.
The guy in partnership with him, however, is David Rowe, who might need a little introduction. Dave obtained a BA(Hons) degree in visual communication from Brighton Polytechnic, faculty of Art and Design, and went on to Southampton College 01 Art to lecture in life drawing whilst establishing a career in illustration. In 1984 he gave up lecturing to pursue freelance illustration full time.
His earliest clients include Quicksilva. Melbourne House, Interface Publications.
Telecomsoft, Argus Press Software, Argus Books. Mirrorsoft and Activision Electric Dreams. Since then he has produced cover artwork lor; Populous. Populous 2, Aquatic Games. Risky Woods and Ferrari Formula One among others for EA. Shadow 01 The Beast 3 and Bill's Tomato Game. He has also worked on characterisations for Psygnosis Lemmings 7 and Millennium (James Pond 2 among others). Clients who have been taking game graphics from him include Virgin Games, Domark, Core Design. Microprose, USD. Imagineer. Starbyte and Neo Software Produktions.
In publishing, he has created magazine covers for EMAP, Europress and Future Publishing, plus paperback covers lor Transworld Corgi. Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins. Not only that lot, but he's also done loads in the TV industry, including dungeon interiors for Knightmare, which was initially Anglia TV, and then Broadsword Television Productions, who then used him to produce illustrations for The Satellite Game.
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L0TU3 TrltOGY GREMLIN OUTMARCH £29.99 Tony Dillon Correct me if I'm wrong, but the point of releasing a sequel to a game is usually to make it better than the previous one So why on earth would anyone want to buy three copies of what is essentially the same game, revised twice?
Back in the early nineties computer freaks raved about the speed and instant playability ot Gremlin's superlative racing sim. It set new standards in pole position racing gameoiogy Nothing could match the original for speed, instant playability. Competitiveness and sheer fun The only thing missing was a two player option, so that you and a fnend could bum rubber in head-to- head competition.
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The only real improvement is some new music, which is far from stunning and the loading times which have been decreased slightly. It’s a great game, but I can’t help wishing they had done a little more with it in the conversion process, Tony Dillon Praise be to Mindscape, for verily they do support the cause of the CD32 well. Yet another A1200 port here, but that’s all right because it’s a great game. In case you hadn’t read the review a couple of issues ago, Vision Software’s neat little shoot em up takes the Desert Strike approach to helicopter combat and stands it on its head. You fty a
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IMS US GOLD THE GAMEPIAY: It s an arcade lootball game What did you think it was going to be? Ot course, this one stands out from the current crop ot lootball games in thal it is the only one officially endorsed by the World Cup association. A top view game, in the mould of so many before it (Kick OH. Sensible Soccer), you can play any ol the teams Irom the World Cup line up, plus all the other options you would expect to see here BEHIND THE SCENES: The game has been coded in-house.
WHAT'S NEW: It's quite hard to say at this stage This type of football game has come so far in the last couple of years thal it s difficult to find anything new to add to it.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: II looks marvellous. But the proof of this kind of game is always in the playing. We ll have to see it running properly before judgement is passed However, it does have the official World Cup seal of approval so it must have something fairly special up its sleeve. Full review soon.
THE GAMEPLAY: A mammoth tactical strategy wargame. In which the player has to defend the Earth against alien invasion: In the year 1999, sightings of alien craft have increased dramatically, as have stories ot alien violence. It is time for the world to strike back BEHIND THE SCENES: UFO has been designed and coded by the Goltop Brothers. Julian and Nick, who I PROJECT MOT I .'V~ 9 .T. •*** 1r* t*r~ 1 J
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RST IMPRESSIO STAND RRNOVATFON together make up Mythos Software, formerly Target Games. To refresh your memory, they were responsible for the smash hit Laser Squad, of which this game was originally meant to be a sequel WHATS NEW: The semi-random scenario generator. In the original Laser Squad you had a small seiec tion of missions. This time however, each mission is randomly built from a series of blocks. Therefore every time you play it, it's different.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: I was a big fan of Laser Squad and its predecessor. Rebelstar Raiders, so naturally I'm dead keen to see this.
It looks great, although somewhat larger than Laser Squad, I hope it doesn't lose the charm of that terrific Spectrum game.
; BEHIND THE SCENES: The game has been designed, coded 1-d il'.twn by Acid's Mark Sibly. The j Kiwi behind Blitz c? Mr i like this on the Amiga, unless you count more serious interpretations such as Ocean's EPIC or c StarqliderP realised lhat the A1200 and CD32 were easily capable of coming up ‘•Wi a Starwmg beater, and so he set out to prove it.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: I was impressed when I first saw Guardian, but now I'm flabbergasted. Even at this early stage, it's completely playable and very entertaining. Acid have a sure fire winner on their hands with this one. We'll have more news on it soon.
WHAT'S NEW: The stunningly .smooth animation, the hundreds of colours, the unique control method - more or less everything really. There THE SOFTWARE BUSINESS THE GAMEPLAY: A football manage- few things. Fot a start, your ment game, as if you couldn't fell from manager actually gets the title, you have to (as always! Take older and finally retires a nobody team from the bottom of the when he reaches 55, lowest division there Is, and make so you're limited in . J them the Premier League champions. The amount of . A jJ As manager, you also need tc ioa»-ft'-
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Design, and he is confident that this top. Also, the game features is the managerial game to end all subtle tactical editor, that wil managerial games. Enty make a real difference WHAT'S NEW: Surprisingly, quite a game plays and your overall I mj ml Ea: H *1 E Core Design are back with a vengeance, and Derby will never be the same again.
Yes. '93 was a quiet year for them as lar as the Amiga went, choosing to concentrate their efforts mainly on the console side of development, but now they have returned to the fold, and things look bigger and brighter than ever. As you can see from looking around these two pages, there is a lot on offer this year, and all of it looks stunning.
Shall I waste some more time, or characters available. Essentially, you just walk around shooting things and collecting power-ups."
Looking around Core’s office, which should by now be Core's ex- oltice (Note Core, who once took up a small comer in one ol the rooms ol the building they currently occupy, now need to move to a mansion twenty yards up the road to accommodate their three hundred do you just want to hear about the games?
SKELETON KREW This is one ol the lead games for this year, and like a lew ol Core's elforts is being developed primanly lor the CD32 and A1200 markets, with plans to create a 32 colour version later in the year.
Guy Miller, project manager and co-designer ol the game gave me the brief one misty, cold February afternoon: 'Set across sin levels. It's a 30 isometric shoot 'em up starnng the three characters ol the Krew - Spine. Joint and Rib, who wear power exo-skeletons, hence the title. Basically, you are set against the evil Moribund Cadaver who is building a psycho machine, and is visiting the various planets in the solar system to get parts lor it. You are always one step behind.
'It's a two-player game, each player choosing any ol the three products nearing completion.
BANSHEE Eat lead! Imagine a planel where there have never been any World Wars.
Because there has never been the need, technology hasn’t advanced any further than the power-propped lighter plane So the scene is set lor a 1942]Flying Shark style airborne vertically scrolling shoot 'em up.
With 256 colour visuals and more silky smooth animation than you could shake an arcade machine at This iS another move by A 256 colour snoot em up is *n»t the A1200 is crying out tor - Core to step away from t*** * •* » their reputation for only launching platform games, and golly, it looks amazing.
Designed and coded by Danish pair Soren Hanibal and Jacob Anderson, the AGA-only game features everything Irom HEIMDALL 2 Heimdall was a Una. Line game, and Heimdall2 looks like it's going lo be even better. Due to an exdeity leeling a bit annoyed at being banished Irom Asgard. And thus wandering around the world causing havoc. Heimdall has been pulled back to Earth once more to save the world. Yet again.
As you can see. The game teatures the same isometric scrolling landscapes as before, all rendered in glorious Jerr O'Carroll-o-vision - not that you're going to have any time to waste on looking at pretty pictures. You're going to have your hands tied just solving the puzzles with this one.
Ot two sprites, which means you can get a 360 degree rotation with the top sprite while the bottom walks in any direction, just like the classic Ikari Warriors coin-op I used to pump so much money into, back in the good old days. Joint is the only character who can actually perform a lull 360 spin though, both ot the other characters are restricted to lesser swings to the left and right.
As you can see from the screenshots. It's going to be a blast test, with big guns and big death ahoy.
But it's not all killing you know.
One ot the things that makes this game different is that in certain parts see a bunch ot happy, contented, well groomed young men and women Who could be responsible lor a game that is so packed with violence I asked?
• Chns Long actually came up with the concept ot a 3D isometric
scrolling shoot em up, as there didn't seem to be many ot them
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! James and I then got together and came up with the idea of the Krew.
And it all went from there really."
Replies Mr Miller.
One interesting point is that each character is split, essentially made up UNIVERSE Core return to the graphic adventure Held with their seguel to Ihe highly successlul Curse 01 Inchantia Thit time our hero has yoo have to find yoor any bach to yooi own Unnerte. As you would aspect, its lull ol glorious images and tortuous puzzles, but what really stands out about it at this point is the tact that the game features 256 colour graphics on every machine, not just Ihe AGA ones! We'll have a full review soon.
Ol Ihe game you can actually gel Into or on lo vehicles, such as tanks and jet skis There’s a really last scrolling sequence when you’re on a jet ski.
Which looks like it's going to be a real retlex test.
More than that is impossible to tell you about at the moment. Other And lo. Il came lo pass, that the three Wyrd Crystals, comprising the Bright Trinity by which the first King 01 Midworld had banished the Oragontime trom his lands, were stolen by Myrdir. The great Dragon Yes. It does sound like your typical RPG spiel, but quite nicely makes way tor a game which many (eel is well needed on the Amiga • a Zelda style RPG. Based more on puzzles than any clever character play. Sure, there are characters to act out.
But Core is confidently aiming to plug a gap in the market with Darkstone. A game originally dratted lo be the sequel to Darkmere but one that has changed so much that it can now stand, unsupported on It’s own two leet It's early days lor this cracking-looking game, but already it looks like it's going to be a big one. II you remember the old Origin classic Times 01 Lore, you'll already have some idea ol how promising this game could be More when we get it that there are big plans to market this one: badges, pens, mugs, T- shirts. Stulfed toys, jackets and comics are |ust some ot the licenced
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Switchquiz left and right of the screen there are two bars divided into 15 segments.
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Just about every aspect of the quiz can be customised to suit the players' abilities. You can alter the amount of time you have to read the question.
Hie time it takes for the answers to appear, the number ot points needed to win a game and how many seconds you have to answer Ihe THE BARE BONES Switchquiz tries to mirror the phe- nomen that is pub quiz. It comes on two disks, the mam programme and a question disk. Although there’s a distinct lack of snazzy presentation or any kind of illustrative graphics, it's very easy to get into and surprisingly user friendly. Once the mam programme's loaded the disk accessing stops and there aren’t any annoying pauses between questions whilst the computer skips to another pail of the disk. You
may think that might be obvious, but I've sat once loo often, twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the next question to come up, whilst the drive chugs away on lesser packages.
PLAYING AROUND Switchquiz couldn't follow a simpler or more familiar path. There are two different packages available, a two-player and a lour-playet version.
Just select the number ot players in the game and away you go Each player has a certain amount of time to answer the multiple choice questions.
The question is typed out at the lop of the screen and the four different answers revealed in the centre, one at a time under A. B, C and D. Along the question. There's also a feature that allows you to discover the correct answer if you get you guess mcor rectly, which a bit pointless - you'd soon get through all the questions on the disk if you do this.
ER OF THE K AD There have been more than a few general knowledge games on Commodore's machines, from the simplistic PD. Mouse operated quizzes to the old CDTV version of Trivial Pursuit. However, Switchsoff* Steve Keen, angel of sobriety, tests his encyclopaedic knowledge against an accessorized pub quiz for the Amiga.
Anyone who has even been down lo their local with Ihe innocent intention ot just having a swill halt will, most likely, have come into contact with the dreaded pub quiz.
The pub quiz is a strange beast lhat captures the imaginations of adults and turns them into something akin to the Delphi Oracle.
It all starts so well. You sit down, blunt pencil and two sheets ot carbon paper in hand, with all the optimism of a fourth division football team in the cup final and you think that you can take on anything But. By the end of the night, reality rears its ugly head and. Although you thought you knew the answer to life, the universe and everything, The answers appear slowly, so you haws to be a package is the first to try and introduce a proper team competition aspect to the genre with the addition ot some special hardware that comes in the package With the two-player parcel comes a
controller interface and two black box controllers which act as buzzers Each black box has four buttons, representing the A, B. C and D multiple choice answers A quick jab on these lets you answer the questions - a much more preferable means of interacting with the game than a mouse, and one which provides a real feeling of competition, especially when playing a human opponent.
The programme also lets you skip the question part ol the disk and just use the Prionty game This gives you all the functions of the depleting dock and buzzers, just in case you want to sit around your monitor or TV and ask your own questions, or read olf cards.
DOWN TO BUSINESS So that's the package, but how does it play? Well there's no denying that we had a lot of fun around the office with the novel black box controllers m two-player mode, but the software did seem lacking in a few respects Firstly, in a two-player game you can't tell which answer your opponent has gone for. If he gets the question wrong before you his guess is not indicated. So, even though you have the rest of the time to go for the correct answer you've still got to guess the right one out of Vou can cuslomae tha gama to bum your own prelarancaa. Bo how long you are
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CU AMIGA the original four Although the hand controllers are infinitely better than any mouse or keyboard interface for this sort of game, the buttons are very old fashioned, the kind of homemade looking affairs that you find in electronics classes at school.
They're not too responsive either and. If the battering we gave them around the office is anything to go by, they could wear out pretty quickly Also, alter only three rounds of competition the questions started to repeat themselves every now and again. More than ten games later though, the software was still- managing to come up with fresh questions, not seen in previous rounds. However, for a few extra pence, another disk would make the package more interesting.
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Tony Dillon gets a taste of Bubble and Squeak.
There have been numerous successful double acls In the past: Abbot and Costello, Motecombe and Wise. Little and Large etc. All have been funny with the exception of Little and Large perhaps, unless you happen to like Deputy Dawg impersonations ten years after t the program has ceased being broadcast), yet this double ad scenario has never really been as popiular in the games market as if has on TV.
Of course there have been partnerships V inthe past - Mario and S Luigi, or Bub and Bob for ' instance - but the sad thing is that these charaders have always been pairs, not partners. It s one of the golden rules of comedy thal if you are going lo have two peo pie interacting, one of them has to be the straight man. Two wacky and amusing charaders just don't work.
And this is perhaps the key to Bubble & Squeaks appeal. Not only are the charaders interesting and fun to watch, you'll also find that they are, in tact, a true comedy double ad.
Add thal to the fad that it's also an immensely playable game, with tons of puzzles and extra curriculum platform fare and you've got x something special But before I tell you any more, let me introduce you to the two heroes of I the show: Bubble is a small boy. Who looks a bit like Charlie Brown and seems quite normal in every resped, apart from the fad that PM he's prematurely bald Y and has a pet monster called Squeak. Squeak is a mini dinosaur dragon in the Flintstones Dino' mould - very loyal, but not quite as mad (ot smart) as Fred and Wilma's ‘little’ pet.
However, the tug question is. How does it all work? On the back of the box (always a good place to start), the game descnbes itself as a combination of platform game, puzzler and shoot' em up. All rolled into one. And I'd have to agree with them.
Even though there are two main charaders, Bubble and Squeak isn't adually a two player game Instead, i you control Bubble as he runs around I the thirty enormous levels, while he. 1 in turn, controls Squeak Confused?
Don't worry, it will all become dear in a moment Squeak, who has his own individual personality, follows Bubble 1 GAME REVIEW UQUuUlUQ ¦ then bends over, allowing you to jump on his back.
From this point on. You can run faster than normal. Jump higher than ever and fire bubbles at the enemy, which are faster than the stars that Bubble normally fires across the screen.
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lind ways around various high obstacles. This is where the puzzle element ol the game comes into play To be lair to Squeak, he does have a lew tricks up his sleeve that make him more than just a useful triend. For a start, it you stand in front ol him and push up, he'll grab you under the armpits and throw you high into the air - at least twice as high as you can normally jump.
Or, stand next to him and give him a kick, and he'll roll into a ball and fly around the screen like Sonic The Hedgehog until he hits a wall.
Then there's bubble gum mode The name comes from the bubble gum machines that are scattered around each level. When you get close to one ol these. Squeak starts getting excited. II you drop a coin in I the slot (coins are collected by shooting bad guys, as usual), then slep back and kick the machine,a I gum ball flies through the air into the I greedy clutches ol Squeak, who I Above) Squeak elays where he'e told to. While Bubble ecoula ahead. The duck with Ihe base- ball bat can knock your bullets back al you.
(Latt) By kicking Squeak, he rolls Into a ball and rockets around the screen. The curved walls direct him around the level.
It's also the only way you're going to be able to solve many of the puzzles the game throws at you.
Bubble and Squeak is a real treat to watch, with some of the most eyecatching and crisp sprites ever seen in an Amiga game. As mentioned earlier these sprites make lor a funny comedy duo combination, with expressive faces and cute in- depth detail.
Developed for the AGA chipset, the game is only available on A1200 at the moment, with a C032 version coming soon. And. Believe me, the graphic artists have made extremely good use of the 256 colour chipset.
Glorious backdrops and smooth animation obviously can't be clearly illustrated in still screenshots, but you have to admit, the game sure does have a lot of character.
This flows over into the aural side of Bubble and Squeak too.
Some simple but effective tunes play along behind the amusing sound effects, which include some wonderful samples of Bubble ordering Squeak around: "Wait here', he cries, "Come on', he shouts impatiently.
This is a very, very playable game. The controls, even on a three button pad. Are logically worked out, and you'll have no trouble at all completing a couple of levels on your first attempt.
Things get pretty hard as the game goes on.
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For you single objectlhat you’ to get into the amsel, or the siting the princess, Alex has an Wing that all’s not well as the once- endly island has turned hostile and e evil Vizier has taken command ot le settlement with plans to manythe ung princess. All you’ve have to do find out what's going on, rescue assima, tind her parents (and bring em back to lite), deteat the Vizier GAME REVIEW A game based on the _American Civil War, eh? I'll teTTyou-ihi Jornothing, it won’t catch ph over hertT.-dumping » With TH*u straight i Wmd er us limeys' to bother as we do to mess ramof mar CU AMIGA sheets
with, pr someone eisrsr- ¦ Edward Grabowski irte Ever the patriot, Paul Presley turns his nose up at the American Civil War and stomps off muttering something about “Roundheads and Cavaliers” and ‘That was a real war.” r name ori this tide pond’, but Stateside he’s Baltimore to Yazzo Irom his 1 lor his Micro s system
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Impressions strat- s nave employed this top-down tabletop-style
engine end trankly. In my opinion, it doesn't work halt as well
as they think it does The initial stages of forming armies and
planning strategies on the big or American map, checking on
resources and second-guessing the enemy is both engrossing and
friendly to use. The trouble is that you eventually have to get
into a tight - and then the Micro Miniatures section pops up
and manages to spoil the party lor everyone.
This Is a shame because The Blue And The Gray is in fact a very absorbing look into the American Civil War until the direct combat system rears its ugly head.
Edward Grabowski has attempted to produce the most comprehensive account ot America's biggest internal conflict, using real-life history from the period to add colour to the actual game. You even have the option ol reading about important historical moments in the conflict as and when you get to them in the game. There's also a rather thick booklet in the package, recounting the whole war and its effect on America today.
IjlrtuNft So why is if bad? User- unfnendliness is the plain and simple answer. Graphically it's not so hot either but that’s never really been a problem as far as wargames are concerned. I've yet to see one that looks as good as the average beat 'em up, shoot 'em up or any other kind of 'em up that populates the Amiga market. Instead, we seem to be cursed to live with poorly animated sprites that have no real sense ol proportion to their surroundings.
Graphics aside, the Micro Miniatures system is one that seems to have been designed with the artificial intelligence factor af the top of its a; nar ist of priorities-while decent control has taken a back seat.
From setting up your troops to keeping track of them all on the field, the whole system just doesnt allow you to get comfortable - and with a strategy game this is very important.
Issuing orders, strategic battle methods and realism aren't this game's strong points: You can tea everyone, a particular group or a single unit to go to a set position on screen and then engage the enemy, but little else. You can t issue orders to take cover, to set up ambushes, to make hit and run attacks or any other tactic that is so oflen the cause of a great victory.
Sure, it's a fine system lor calculating the results of X number of men on one side, fighting Y number on the other, but that's it.
You do have the option of not playing the battle sections at all. Instead allowing the computer to make the calculations and just tell you the result. Ordinarily, this might have been enough for me, concentrating on getting the strategic elements right.
The trouble is that the subiect matter is one that begs you to play out each conflict, as the period was rife with battlefield heroism and strong, enigmatic characters leading the fight against overwhelming odds. Plus it doesn't do your strategic planning and operation any justice to see it all result in a number crunching battle when you know that by clever onfield tactics you could outwit a much larger foe. The Blue And The Gray needs a more usable battle interface.
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The world’s greatest CD32 game makes it onto the floppies. Tony Dillon wonders how they managed to cram so much in.
What's this? Liberation on five floppy disks? Can t be done, surely? I've played the thing on CD32 for many days and nights, and I can tell you now that it's a monster. An enormous. Sprawling city of an adventure, it would take considerably more than a Red Bus Rover to get around this game in a day. There can't really be any way of doing this on an A500 - convincingly anyway. Is there?
Those were my first thoughts on opening the envelope from Burgess Hill that dropped on my desk one cold morning. Fifteen minutes later. I realised how much I had underestimated the skills of Tony Crowther.
Liberation on disk is almost identical to Liberation on CD, with the exception ol the m-game speech. Bui. For the moment, let’s assume you haven't seen the CD version.
Trill, the hero of the original captive. Is now free. At least, tree enough to discover a police conspiracy and get completely caught up in it. The CouM ltu» lurry rumleheU Iter be wmUn your rang*? No seriously, you never know whet you can tlnd down the becks ol sofas.
Told to find one specific brick in a wall. That should give you some idea ot the sheer size ot the challenge that laces you. Still, in true I know a man who can' tradition, the first thing you need to do is start questioning people. Unfortunately, the natives look anything but happy or friendly, so even knowing whether to smile or open lire is a challenge in itself That said, most are willing to engage in conversation with you. If only to tell you to get lost. But, with your meagre bundle ot tacts and a shortlist of addresses, you've got to start the questions rolling somehow. And hope for
some answers.
Before too long though you've got contacts, keys and more information than you know what to do with. You arrange meetings with people, walk into traps, take the wrong turning Into dark alleyways and do all sorts ot other things only lound in truly great detective movies. That in itselt MAKING ROOM There has always been a ditticulty in Ihe past when it cnmet to deciding how an Inventory should work. Should you be restricted to a certain number of objects, or should the whole thing be worted out using encumbrance rules, liberation utts a revolutionary method that says, it yw cm gal h to lit. Yes
can carry If. Your backpack has a limited amount ol spaca, and each object yon place la II lakns up some ol it. Tbs thing is. You ve also got to make sure that once you have the ob|sd in the backpack, yon can actually slide it oet. Or you'll have to start taking other items out ol the way every time you want to use something such as a kaycard. It's this attention to detail that makes liberation as cool as It Is.
THE HARDER THE BETTER Although liberation can be run trom floppy. Try to get hold ol a hard drive to see what It really can do. There ere big improvements, like taster loading times and belter flowing gamaplay. While the improved graphics make the game look shinning. Instead ol lour varieties ol wall when a building is loaded, you can have ap to 71 different types, plus you can decide the detail level ol each teiture map as It is generated, 'fast but crude' makes lor a smooth Iramo rate, whereas lovely but slow' Is esactly the opposite.
Buildings looked the same, so it was easy to get lost. Real cities aren't like that, and this game shows how they should be represented Through clever use ot text, graphics and sound Tony Crowther has managed to create a game that is well paced, tense and incredible addictive. Part ol you wants to take it easy and examine ever comer, while another part ol you wants to keep running, and jumps every time a police droid rounds a corner.
To be honest, the couple ot weeks I've had with this game just aren't enough to give you a complete review - this is the kind of game you'll need to spend at least a month playing before you are fully conversant with it.
This is easily one ot the best games I have ever played, and one I will most likely keep returning to for months on ertd.
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Playing from floppy rather than a hard drive does limit the number of different texture maps available - generally only four different wall patterns are held in memory at any one point whereas playing trom hard drive gives you access to 71 different patterns provided you have the space. Even with four different patterns. The way light and colour has been used to show distance makes each room look quite individual.
GRAPHICS SOUND INSTABILITY PLAYABILITY One of the best Amiga J games ever.
OVERALL 96% If Legends Ot Valour had one flaw. It was the fact that most of the CU AMIGA Okay, so who’s a naughty one then?
Me, me, gushed Lisa Collins as she lunged forward to grab hold of Interactivision’s latest offering.
Two cute little Blues Brothers lookalikes are happily strolling along, when suddenly the sky darkens, the wind starts to howl (I'm getting scared) and next thing you know they’re plunged into a maze- kke nightmare. To escape they must battle their way through five mad, bad. And dangerous platform worlds.
WORLDS APART First up is the world of the Mad Mechanics, and no it’s got nothing to do with Kevin from Coronation Street going berserk with spanner. Mad Mechanics world is, in fact, a land of evil robots and deadly bouncy balls which you musl race through, making sure to pick up the various bonuses lying around Next, it's Crazy Clocks world where you must watch out for killer cuckoo clocks before coming up against the enormous end-of-level giant clock. Once you've clocked up enough mileage (aggh!) Here it’s on to the next level - Foreign Affair.
Here you to get to be James Bond lor a while. Well, not exactly, but we can all live in hope. After Foreign Affair.
As on to sizzling action in Furious Fire world before finally reaching the last one -Evil Egypt.
Apart trom racing from one world to the next there are also lots ot hidden bonus screens littered throughout Naughty Ones. For example, in Mad Mechanics, on the very lirst screen, If you leap to the far left hand side you will discover a bonus level where you can pick up loads ot extra points by bouncing from one descending platform to another before you eventually fall off.
Throughout the game some objects are more useful than others: pick up a heart and you will get an extra life, pick up a key and it will tell you where you the next exit is. Oh if only life were that simple.
NAUGHTY BUT NICE Naughty Ones is straightforward platform game, however, as well as the usual bonus screens and general tear ing through various levels, there are some nice extra touches. The expanding map is a useful feature, allowing you to go back to earlier screens and pick up any Items you might have forgotten The graphics are good too. My favourite part has to be the Crazy Clocks world, which has nice stripy sofas that you can bounce on to reach those high platforms JUST NAUGHTY Sound however, is the one area where I could really laull Naughty Ones. The little ditTy playing In
background of Mad Mechanics world nearly drove me insane. Playing through a level, with what amounts to piped supermarket music in Ihe background made me feel as if I was trapped in Tescos The two-player option is actually quite good, allowing a mate to join in the on the antics. The gameplay, however, is not very challenging. Once you've learned each baddie s modus operandi they become very easy to Ml. And despite the constant oncoming fire, it becomes very easy to get through each level.
Nonetheless. Naughty Ones is a good platform game, one which will keep you happy and entertained for a while - if not for eternity. (2Ji INTERACTIVISION £25.99 ASM 51 ASM. Si Aui ¦ AIMS I aismB AZMO 51 AWM 51 AMM.SI INTERACTIVISION, FUUINO MILL BARN. FULLING MILL LANE. WERWYN HERTS ALB 9NP. TEL043B 840 004.
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OVERALL 80% In Pugsy there are loads ot objects to use.
Stand on. Throw and tire with. Here is a small selection ol some ot the extra handy objects you can find on the alien island.
GAME REVIEW Treasure chest: This is extremely important as finding and using one one will tell you what object you need to use next in order to proceed Book: When you pick this book up and use It • you will not only get a lab pair ol glasses but also some extra hitting power.
Hearts: These give you an extra life il you remember to pick them up and carry them through the exit gate.
Pugsy was a hit on the Mega Diive and SNES. But is it going to belt oft the Richter scale on the Amiga also? In short, yes. Pugsy.
Complete with dely-bopper hairdo, kept me completely captivated as he bounced, jumped and ran his way through 51 levels, battling against evil adversaries, including five end of world guardians and, finally, the requisite end of game big baddie. As you puzzle your way through the sections with names like The Star Fall Lake.
The Cove, the Beach and The Red Woods, you can't help being blasted by the superb sprite graphics, which include underwater raccoons in diving suits cute-but-dangerous knights, evil starfish and deadly birds.
PUGSY GO HOME The story so far... Pugsy's spaceship has been nicked, leaving him stranded on an island on an alien planet. Your job is to help him get off the island and back home to his mummy and daddy.
Don't be fooled by the simple storyline though, Pugsy races through each superbly-animated level using a TOI (Total Object Interaction) system which means that every ob|ect you come across can be used to help you out of your predicament. II you have to cross a deep, murky lake then clinging to a light object will help keep you afloat, conversely or if you are being blown about by one of the huge propeller fans, holding a heavy object will keep your feet on the ground.
BRAIN POWER One of the fab things about Pugsy is that it makes you use your noodle, and lord knows, with all the mindless violence around these days it's a welcome change (oh shut up Lisa - Ed).
For example, on one of the levels in the Star Fall Lake section the only way to continue is to put out the flames that block your path, so you have to find something to put them out. But it's not that simple. I quickly found a water pistol, but before the fire had been completely quenched the pistol ran out of water So I had to troop off and look around for another way to till the pistol up.
There isn't always one answer to any problem and this adds to the fun.
While you are busy working out your next move, you have to watch out for OVERALL 90% nasty raccoons and and all manner o evil aliens which pop up out of the ground unexpectedly.
SURPRISE CITY There are a couple of hidden extras which help Pugsy out. If you find a box with a pair of sneakers in it, put them on and Pugsy will speed off laster than the CU AMIGA team on a Friday night at 6.01pm. My favourite Item IS the small treasure chest which, once opened, will spew out all of the the items that you need to pick up in order to find the exit.
SURROUND SOUND The game's soundtrack changes and bounces along as Pugsy runs through the levels and worlds. My favourite track is when he has to battle against some cute-but-deadly mini knights in the Keep section and he is accompanied by music which sounds like the soundtrack from a movie set in the Tudor times.
PUGSY With more useful objects than a Swiss army knife, is Pugsy really a tip-top puzzler of a game? Lisa Collins hurls herself into the fray to find out just how playable it is.
One tiny quibble I did have with the way the game looks was that Pugsy's hand didn't seem to grip objects - it hovered above them rather than grasping them. Also the loading sequence seemed to take forever.
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Colourtul version of Ihe old Spectrum classic Kmghtlore from Ultimate.
But after a few minutes I started to realise that there was actually tar more depth to It. As well as plenty ot wandering around batting ores and other typical tantasy demons, there's also a good deal ol puzzle solving.
KEEP TOLKIEN It loolis as though the programmers might have taken some of their inspiration trom JRR Tolkein books; your sword glows near ores, tor instance, which is exactly what Bilbo s sword, Sting, did in the Hobbrl Thankfully though, the plot delinitely isn't straight out of Lora Ol The Rings. Yes. The forces of evil are running rtot. Yes, there are elves and, yes, you're looking for a magician to help you overcome them.
However, when you begin the game you don't have any idea as to where you should be going and what you need to take with you ms?
EVERY- Darkmere promises lots but unfortunately doesn't deliver. Its biggest failing is its utterly linear puzzle system. Once you've found Ihe nght locations it's usually just a case of transporting an object between them or performing a specific task. There's very little challenge there. Still, when combined with the combat sequences and sheer number of locations to explore there's more than enough game in there to pose quite a challenge, even if it's not terribly exciting.
ORC AYE THE NOO Ore* are Ihe most numerous ol your enemies. On their own they're nol very dangerous but II you encounter a couple in a row they soon sap your energy.
What does make Darkmere difficult is the awkward command interface. This interlace is a series of menus which doesn't look very threatening until you try and get to grips with them. For instance, you call up the examine menu, which can feature as many as 15 objects at a time There's no way ot felling which ones are important, so you just have to check through them individually, which is time consuming and very dull. Slowing the game down even further is the amount of disk-access time. When a location is being loaded it not only has lo retrieve the graphics but also the character information.
Admitted , the end result is a more involving game, but I'd have been able fo suffer a few static characters if it meant less loading As they are, the characters don't have much to say Depending on who you're talking to there are a number of topics you can inquire about. Most of the time you just get blank looks, or the same answers from the last half-dozen characters- But the only way to find things out is by asking everyone about Food con be lound almost everywhere in town. Eating replenishes your energy bar so keep on chomping.
Everything, which seems to be the same pnnciple that the objects are based on.
I also had a problem with the combat controls. To fight you have to hold down the lire button then The tavern Is a good place to pick up Information, as long as you can find people who want to talk to you.
Move it in a given direction to slash or block. So far so good. What tends to happen though is that the creature you’re up against will start hitting you before you get into position. All right, so all’s fair in love and war, but it's very hard getting yourself in a suitable position to fight back. You end up walking in circles while a flaming ore hacks chunks out of your torso.
HSMIW1 The one outstanding feature of Darkmere, and the main reason I persevered with it, is the graphics.
They rate as some of the best I’ve seen on an Amiga adventure. Even on the A500 they're drawn in 32- colour mode and the detail and animation is just superb. In fact, it would seems as though that's where most of the effort has been concentrated. A map feature, for example, would have been very useful, because you're often directed to different streets without having a clue where they actually are.
Invariably this leads to lots of wandering around, rucks with ores and frustrated banging on the joystick as you realise you've been going around in circles for 10 minutes. There are many better adventures out there, although I can’t think of one quite as nice looking. I hope Core persevere with Darkmere's engine and I'd certainly like to see the follow-up; as long as they sort out the problems. As it stands,Darkmere is an above average adventure, dogged by unwieldy combat and detail.
CORE DESIGN £29.99 500 9 500. ¦ 600 ¦ 1000 91 1500 9 2000 ¦ 1000 91 4000 ¦ CORE DESIGN, TRADEWINDS HOUSE, 69 71 ASHBOURNE ROAD. DERBY, 0E223FS. TEL: 0322 297797 RELEASE DATE: APRIL GENRE: ARCADE ADVENTURE TEAM: IN HOUSE CONTROLS: JOYSTICK NUMBER OF DISKS: 5 NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1 HARD DISK INSTALLABLE: YES MEMORY: 1Mb GRAPHICS *?•???? ?95% SOUND ?•????•???89% INSTABILITY ?????? 084% PLAYABILITY ?????? ???78% m Above average adventure - ¦ could have been better. 3 OVERALL 79% Okay, so what's a Premier Manager 2 compo doing on the pages ol this esteemed tome some seven months alter we
originally reviewed the game7 Pul quite simply, it's a cunning marketing ploy on behalf ot Gremlin Graphics to raise coverage ol their lop tooty game during the build-up lo the World Cup. Don't get me wrong though, a marketing ploy it may be. But it's definitely not a cheap one. Oh no.
Premier Manager 2 is. Without doubt, the best soccer manager sim available on the Amiga and if one or two real life managers look a crash course in guiding their learns to the top in Premier Manager s championships then they might have ended up going to the USA But don’t worry, whether you're a top international manager (retired), or an ordinary Joe soap looty fanatic you won’t have to stay up all night watching the real games live in the USA because Gremlin want to give you a video recorder.
That way you can continue playing Premier Manager 2 into the small hours ol the morning instead ol watching telly.
But, as they say In those multi-purpose kitchen utensil advertisements, that's not all When you win the video recorder you'll also get the team of your choice on video, to enjoy now. And save for posterity and future generations So when you're sending in your entry, make sure to tell us what your lavourite soccer team is, too.
Runners up prizes include live copies ol Premier Manager 2 and live Gremlin I-shirts To enter the draw tor a Matsu! Video recorder and the team video of your choice, or one ol the runners up prizes ol PM2 or a l-shlrt, Juat answer the following questions:
1. Who has recently been made England Manager?
2. In Premier Manager Z what league do you start in?
3. Gremlin Graphics is based In Sheffield. Which two Premier
League teams come from Sheffield?
RULES
1. This competition is not, under any circumstances, open lo
employees ot either Emap Images or Gremlin Graphics.
2. The Editor's decision is final and no correspondence will be
entered into.
3. The closing date lor entries is 29 April 1994
4. All answers on the back ot a sealed envelope or postcard
please, and. Contrary to popular belief, ridiculous
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THE SORCERER SOLUTION “ Skip merrily to the entrance ol the diamond cave, then take the path around the side to where you’ll find a locked door This is the entrance to the nasty Goblin's Cave, but unfortunately it's locked Never mind, it you look under a nearby stone you'll lind a shopping list. Return to the village and hand over the Goblin's shopping list, then search the shelves until you lind a hammer and a bottle ol white spirit Don't drink the white spirit, it hasn’t been chilled and you know how horrible warm white spirit is. While you are patiently waiting for the shop keeper to get
the Goblin's shopping ready you might as well get on with some other good deed, so head lor the icy mountains.
Go past the frozen barbarian and find the chilled wizard In the centre of this screen you should whip out your metal detector and give it a whirl Within moments you'll get the signal that you are standing on a piece ol mithril ore. But without a spade to dig it up you've still got problems Not to worry, back in the kxest there is a lossil-hunter with a spade who might come and dig if we persuade him that there are some fossils around here. Go further up the mountain and here you'll lind the sleeping giant At this point you may e her chuck a bucket ol cold water fcom the witch's well over him.
Or give a blast on the sousaphone Either method will make the giant twitch and knock over the tree with his arm. Using the fallen tree you can now cross the gorge Keep a sharp eye on the ground and you'll find yet another rock which can be picked up Examine this stone and you'll see The tabled stall is to be lound In the grip ol a trlghtening mummy A quick tug on his. Ahem, loose bandage will reduce all ol your problems lo a pile ol dust traces of a fossil hidden in its depths The entrance to the dragon s cave is next on our itinerary, so gather your courage and creep inside Use the cough
medicine on the dragon, then the fire extinguisher can be grabbed. Take it and leave. Outside you can use the hook on the boulder at the top of the cave entrance Climbing up the rope, (using Walk to Boulder | will bring you to a hole which is directly abovo the dragon s hoard of gold Fix the magnet to the rope, then use this as a fishing rod to steal the gold from below (Yes. I know that gold isn't magnetic, but the gold doesn't seem to know that, so don't say anything ) Do this twice to get lots of gold A little further up the trail you'll come to a row of climbing pegs Typically, some rotter
has stolen one of the pegs, blocking your route up the rock face However you can jump from ledge to ledge to get to the other side of this screen, and here you'll find a talking tree You may think that a talking tree is a simply wonderful thing, but this one isn't very smart. One thing it does know, however, is the magic word which will help you deleat the wicked witch, and will tell you what it is il you use the white spirit to remove the mark on its trunk Back to the village and slip the fossil stone under the blacksmith s hammer to reveal the fossil. Rush to the paleontologist and use the
stone to move his digging activities into the mountains By this time there will be a bo* outside the village shop, so open it and hide inside In the twinkling of an eye you'll end up locked inside the Goblin's storeroom Search the boxes and you'll lind the spellbook.
Inside which you'll find a loose piece ol paper On the floor you'll lind a rat bone. Slip the paper under the locked door, then use the bone to push the key out ol the other side ol the lock and onto the paper By retneving the paper you'll get the key. Unlock the door, and with the power of the ring to make you invisible. Pick up the bucket and walk down the stairs Remove the nng and talk to the Druid Pick up the mints and the firebrand - to enable the Druid to escape you'll need to use the bucket with the Druid, and then use the firebrand with the Druid.
Finally, hide inside the iron maiden to escape from the evil Goblins. The Druid will return and give you a hacksaw which will enable you to escape. Now it s time to return to the icy wastes and find the mithril that's lying amidst the rubble which our fossil-fiend has dug up.
Take this to the blacksmith and have it bashed into an axehead which can be given to the woodcutter. As the woodcutter didn't think to give you a reward I think it's only fair that we reward ourselves, so enter the house and pick up the climbing pin from the table. Use the fire extinguisher on his fire and then move the hook in the fireplace and voila - a secret elevator. From the store below, you can select the woodworm's favourite snack and take this to the stump in the forest. Now return to the repulser tower and use the woodworm on the floorboards.
With tho demons satcly out ol Ihe way. Your path is now clear to pop inside the teleporter and zap yoursell ott to the Fiery Pits.
With the aid of the ladder you can get down to the Tomb of the Mummy.
From the moment you open the Mummy's coffin you have only a split second to find the loose piece of bandage and move it. Your nasty foe will disappear in a crumbling heap, allowing you to grab the magical staff. Take the staff to the wizards in the tavern who will, for a small fee.
Raise you to wizard status and give you a wizard's starter pack.
There can be lew things more dangerous than The evil wizard perishes beneath the red-hot a dragon with a cough. Betore you try and grab lava and the kingdom is saved once again.
The Druid has returned home, but unfortunately he is still a frog. Resist the temptation to kiss him. But instead go to the jetty beneath the swampling s house and repair the loose board with the hammer and nail. The frogsbane you seek is on top of the Skull. Armed with the flowers you may now return to the Druid and be rewarded with a shrinking potion.
Now we come to the scary bit.
Head for the witch's cottage and then save the game. Armed with the magic word, enter the cottage. The witch will return and challenge you to a duel. It may take you a little while to figure out how to play her game of magical Scissors and Stone. But eventually you will use the word to turn yourself into a mouse and escape with the broomstick via the mouse-hole.
There Is only one way lo gel past this slimy character and that is to get really tough.
Threaten his kids and watch him hoppit.
¦y It's time to leave the village and head once more into the mountains.
Using the climbing pin you will climb to new heights and here you must eat the peppermints to deal with the evil snowman. The witch's broom will fly you across the gap to the door of Ihe lire-extlnguisher. Make sure you have something to soothe the dragon s throat or you'll be tried to a crisp.
The dark castle, and the Druid's potion will cut you down to a size which lets you crawl under the door.
From the garden you can pick up a leaf, a stone, and a matchstick from inside the bucket. Pick up the lily pad, then use the leaf and the There are nasty goblins upstairs, and a crazy druid downstairs Where's a wizard to turn lor help to In the tricky dungeon?
CU AMIGA PLAY TO WIN matchstick on the lily pad to make a boat. Select the walk to' command to move the boat across the water and pick up some seeds. These seeds may now be used on the stone to produce an oil which is ideal for lubricating the rusty tap.
. ' 1 Perhaps now we can all get some sleep at last, and stop driving ourselves crazy with this wacky game!
Finally, use the hair of the dog to open the tap. At the other side of the pond there is a tadpole in the water which can be used to threaten that nasty frog who bars your way. Once that little problem has hopped it' you can pick and eat the magical mushrooms. They must be the ones which our old friend Alice dropped because when you eat them you return to your old self.
Before entering the nearby door pick up the loose branch - you'll need it to defeat the chest inside Grab a spear and shield and then go downstairs. Use the spear on the skull, pick it up. Collect the locked chest. Move the lever, put the locked chest on the block, move the lever again to crush the chest and pick up the candles.
Climb to the middle level of the tower and pick up the wand, book pouch and sock. Open the book, use the pouch with the sock. Find the mouse-hole at the edge of the stairs, use the pouch on the hole to catch a mouse. Climb upstairs and use the chemicals on the shield to turn it into a mirror. Use the shield on the hook in the middle of the screen.
It's back downstairs to talk to the mirror and view the lab upstairs Return to the top level and read the book on the shelf at the rear of the room. Talk to the Demons and perform the magic rite. Finally, use the teleport to transport you to the fiery pits.
On your arrival at the fiery pits you can pick up a pebble, a Y- shaped piece of wood, and collect some brochures from the assistant.
Look at the brochures to find the rubber band, which you can use with the wood to make a catapult Fire the pebble to set off the alarm bell. Grab some matches from the counter and head for the pits.
A quick flash of the magic wand will rock Sordid the wizard and he'll end up quite stoney-faced'. Giving you time to re-light the pit. Throw the wand into the pit then make a dash for the doorway before Sordid is able to return and send a lightning bolt up your trouser leg. Arm yourself with the bucket of slippery floor wax from outside the door and return to face Sordid in the final conflict. Use the floor wax on the wizard and watch him slip into the fiery flames.
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If BUDGET POLICE QUEST KIXX PRICE: £ 16.99 If American TV is to be believed, police work involves having a partner you don't want, investigating the occasional corrupt fellow officer and shooting at people with your .38 Detective’s special.
Unfortunately, as all good The Bill fans know, the real world isn't nearly as glamorous. It involves scooping drunks out of gutters and doing bags of paper-work. Police Quest is a compromise between the two scenarios, involving plenty of realistic donkey-work and a serial killer called Death Angel exacting his own form of population control.
As an officer of the Lytton Police Department, it’s your job to keep the streets safe for law-abiding citizens. You do get to wave your daystick at street punks - who usually give up and go away, but you're prohibited from re-enacting Magnum Force and going on a one-man vigilante crusade, which, I must admit, was the first thing I tried.
The manual covers all the essentials of police work, from when to draw your gun to how to play five-card draw poker with the lads after work. But once you’ve learned the basics, such as proper arrest procedures you can do away with the manual and really get down to crime fighting.
Once ‘realistic 3D graphics’ now look very jaded, with psychedelic colour schemes providing tell-tale signs that this game’s been converted from the EGA PC version. Still they were good for the time and don't detract from the action. Police Quest is a full-blown classic which will keep you playing right to the very end.
Mark Patterson HOYLE OFFICIAL BOOK OF GAMES VOLUMES l+ll KIXX PRICE:£ 16.99 EACH Card games aren’t everybody’s idea of entertainment at the best of times - even less so when they don’t actually feature real cards but come on a disk instead.
I had certain reservations about this game before I’d even taken it out of the box. You can’t blame me though. It's a fair whack of cash to pay out when you compare itlo a 50p pack of cards from the local Newsy. However, that was before I discovered the tutorial mode.
Rather than buying these games to play competitive cards, it’s a much better idea using therh to learn how to play properly against real people. If you're constantly getting trounced by friends and end up handing cash over all the time, a few hours on this game will help you turn things around.
Over the two volumes you can learn the finer arts of various solitaire games, cribbage, crazy 8’s and plenty of games you’ve probably never heard of. Considering this isn’t what you’d call a zappy licence, the programmers have gone to great lengths to dress it up too.
There are plenty of opponents to go up against, different card decks to choose from and set-up options for almost every aspect of the game; from dealing speed to how fast you want your opponent's cameo to animate. Unless you’re a card addict with a passion for gin rummy, there’s a limited amount of fun you can have with this. But for giving your mates a shock by suddenly becoming audaciously good at cards, it’s priceless.
Mark Patterson This s one of ihe stalwart titles which helped Sierra hit the hig time. I; stars Roger Wilco. A "iVl.Wt-iTTTjjJ hopeless space engineer who spends most of i his working life scrubbing the outside of a space station. When he’s not battling aliens or saving the universe that is. . - • In fact, it's his previous universe-saving adventure that's landed him in hot water this time. His arch-enemy Sludge Vohaul. Defeated bad guy from the first game, has returned with the express aim of killing Roger and destroying his home- world by unleashing thousands of genetically engineered
insurance j* salesmen on it. Despite the Red Dwarf premise, and the occasionally too-American humour. Space Quest 2 is probably the best game in the series. Some of the puzzles a*o a little obscure though, such as selling fire lo a bog-roll to sei of4 ‘iie sprinklers n order to soort circuit guard robots.
SPACE QUEST 2 While I still prefer the modern LucasArts adven- i tures such as Indiana Jones and Day Ol The Tentacle.
| Space Quest 2 has a character all of its own Although there aren’t any major additions to the style of the plot, other than finding yourself lost at every intersection, it's still diverting enough to hold your attention for quite a while. It's not a bad price for a reasonable product, but I would have been happier had it been a few quid cheaper. Recommended though.
CU AMIGA BUDGET REVIEWS KINGS QUEST II: ROMANCING THE THRONE Kixx £ 16.99 -- YOU CAN WIN!
Hart I a lull list ol Ihe games you can win. Soma are available now, and Hit rest will be forwarded to you as they are released.
Police Quest 1 [ Kings Quest 4 Police Quest2 : Kings Quest!
Police Quest 3 : Leisure Suit Police Quest 4 I Larry 1 Quest Pur Glory I I Leisure Suit Quest For Glory 2 : Larry 2 Space Quest 1 : Hoyles Book Ot Space Qaest 2 i Games 1 Space Quest 3 Hoyles Boot Of Space Quest 4 I Games 2 Kings Quest t : Hoyles Book Of Kings Quest 2 i Games 3 Kings Quest 3 ’ Divtntry. Und GSTTi KSSTCg ts prosperous his POOP I• e Let's get one thing straight, I am not a fan of headlines with puns in them. So, this game's title doesn’t strike me as being very funny.
Having said that Kings Quest II: Romancing the Throne is actually an okay game. Its plot continues where the first instalment left off. You, King Graham, must provide an heir to the throne, but being a picky bleeder you don’t like any of the several thousand nubile young women in the kingdom. Oh no, the one you want is locked up in a tower, guarded by foul creatures from the dark side.
Of course, if it was only as easy as just rescuing her. On your travels you also have to collect as many bits of jewellery as possible in order to buy her affection -which sounds a little suspicious to me. And, oh yes, did I mention Hagatha, the girl's evil guardian, a wicked, scrawny old witch with a vicious temper who tries to hamper your efforts at every possible moment The dwarfs also make things rather difficult, while the other inhabitants of the land are like something out of a dodgy American sitcom. However, there's a certain charm to the game, which comes mainly from its decent plot
structure and balanced gameplay. It’s not quite as good as Polic Quest but it's good value for money nonetheless. (IeTO Mark Patterson LEISURE SUIT LARRY II Kixx £ 16.99 If you're a nineties man then this is the time to turn the page and go read something nice and technical. However, if you're the sort of birds 'n' booze guy who is quite at home in darkened clubs where you don't mind not being able to see the face of the person you're talking too. This could be your game. It's based on the exploits of Larry Laffer, a man without a woman who's on a mission to plight his trough with the first
bit of skirt he finds.
It uses the same point and dick interface that now graces all of Sierra's games, although it also features a text-entry system which unfortunately proves a bit awkward at times owing its limited vocabulary. There's also not as much to do as in later Sierra adventures, which is a bit off-putting, especially of you've played any of the more up to date games in this series.
Some of the puzzles do prove to be quite taxing, but the majority deal with subjects such as working out how to get a certain girl back to your room while keeping in with her equally tasty mates, in the hope of picking one of them up later This may have been the kind of humour which made the proto-computer censorship lobby wince in the eighties, but nowadays it struggles to even hit 'saucy' on the smutt-ometer.
As an adventure Leisure Suit Larry II more than passable though, with plenty of puzzles, even if most of them are easy to .solve. This game is a good introduction to the adventure genre, but hardened players will go through this as fast a man with a sweet tooth goes through a pile of tasty, yummy doughnuts.
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IXX were pleased as punch 1C when Ihey picked up the Sierra l licences a couple ot months 5go. Though not as pleased as you lot when you tound out you could get 3MTO 20 Sierra titles tor under £17 each! To celebrate this momentous iDMSion m budget gaming history, KIXX have agreed to give five lucky £U AMIGA readers the chance to rfever leave their homes again. In other words, live sets ol all 20 Sierra games are up tor grabs. So, whether you fancy yourself as a policeman, a space adventurer, a dashing knight or an irresistible hunk, you’ll find the right game lor you here.
So how do I win one of these fabulous prizes, you want lo know. Easy, lust answer this very simple question: What is Lelsura Suit Larry 's surname?
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Vou, Brandon, mist oppose on our behalf.
Like you, I like to get my teeth into things, but I am having problems with Legend of Kyrandia. I was in the forest beside the floating chalice, and when I used my powers the chalice descended to the ground, only to be nicked by some pip-squeek.
I have discovered three potions (blue, yellow and red). I have bottles of salt water, mineral water and fresh water. I also have a silver statuette of a unicorn. I think I need a potion to shrink myself down to the size where I can enter the little door in the tree.
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Ryan Green, Kent.
Li I the big pot (ovrr with Fingus.
WhiU Fingus is holding the cover.
Winkle can pour salt onto the little guy inside, (let Winkle to take the file in the pots. Get one bumbling idiot lo hold the left rope, and the other to hold the right Then hoist W'inkle up onto the shelf where he can then use the file to break the chain.
Legend ol Kyrandle.
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Pat McAree, Ireland.
To drain the pool you’ll need to find the plug in the ceiling just above the rock bridge. Insert the hook which comes from the skeleton’s hand then use the whip to pull out the plug.
Of course you are now going to tell me lhat you don’t know what I'm talking about because you haxen’l found the rock bridge. That’s because you haxen't been to the cafe in the piazza and got the uine bottle off Ihe table. A uine expert like yourself uill recognise that the bottle contains horrible plonk, so you'll have no trouble convincing the diners to let you lake it away.
You can fill the bottle with water, and use that lo loosen the mud which is sticking the flaming torch to the wall. Pull the torch, then brace yourself.
I would also like to mention that when a man is drunk, he is only half as strong as he thmks he is. Fill the trophy uith beer from the kitchen to solve your problem.
OPERATION STEALTH I’ve been stuck tor nearly lour months at the bottom ot the ocean, tied to a rock with a girt that I don't even know!
I had just met the girl In a hotel room when a bunch ol bandits burst in, grabbed us, and threw us both in the ocean. Ol course, you know I'm talking about Operation Stealth, so please help me.
I would also like to ask what is the best thing that a male can give to lemale that will keep her happy and satisfied?
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bracelet from the salesman on the beach.
Just before you are thrown into the sea.
Operate the bracelet. Once you are in the water operate the bracelet again lo loosen your bonds. Swim towards the girl and operate on her. Ooh it's like uhen the Count and I play Doctors and Nurses.
As for your last question, there are a number of large mechanical deinces which make an impression on most women. One of uhich is a Mercedes-Benz.
Th* horizon Is lost in the .we t f uorning upon the Groat Sea. You shield your eyes to sweep the shore below, where a village lies nestled beside a quiet cove.
A stunted oak tree shades the inland road.
You take stock of your possessions.
A financial nynph appears on your keyboard. "By the way, you « anount of cash you're holding at any tine with the CASH connand $ followed by [RETURN]. Bye?"
She disappears with a wink.
I am stuck in the Ice World, in the Curse ol Enchantia. After going through Mister Ben s clothes shop, I got the snowballs and threw them at the snow monster, but I can t find anything else to help me get past this point. Also. Ihe man in the pub keeps throwing me out.
Chris Carr, Dunstable.
Cuno ot Enchonlla.
LA7,,ni y°u firsi fn,er ,ce WorM V V you II find a plank which you can pick up. Moot to the next screen and throw Ihe plank. You'll now be able to puk up a fuh.
Go down a screen and there is a deodourant which you can take. I recommend you uear the deodourant because thal fish makes you smell disgusting. You can give the fish to an Eskimo, and he'U give you something!
Don't worry about being thrown out of pubs, it used to happen to me all of the time. Perhaps you should stop taking off all your clothes after you "ve had a few drinks - it works, believe me.
BEYOND ZORK My little problem is with Beyond Zork. Please Vamp, can you help me? In the forest, (where the Cruel Puppet lives) I have come across a rock with an inscription on it... Never ahead, but ever behind, flying swiftly past etc...’ I’m sure the answer to this nddle is •Time’, yet I cannot see what I have to do. Also, what use is the old sailor?
Jeremy Drake, Southport.
BorondZotk.
II That use u an old sailor! Shame on VV you. And you with a name like Drake. I never met Sir Francis, but his father was a saucy old devil. I ll have you know that some of my happiest memories concent old sailors. And don't you believe uhat they say about standing up in a hammock... It can be tlone; providing you’re detennined - and you’ve got a good seme of humour.
Not only are you wrong about the old sailors, you are also wrong about Ihe answer to the hddle. Something uhich is always behind you. (apart from your bum) is your youth'. Ilapfnly I'll aluays look Just as gorgeous as I do now.
KINGS QUEST IV This game is driving me mad. I'm stuck on a beach because I can't find the whale which is supposed to eat me. Whenever I go into the water I keep getting eaten by a shark. I have collected the peacock feather, gold ball, small crown, board, lishing pole, silver flute, Cupid's bow, shovel and a dead fish. Please help. I have spent weeks swimming from different parts of the beach and from different parts of Ginesta's Island with no success. I am beginning to believe that they have forgotten to add the whale on this disk.
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7~V"i7 be silly, how can someone for- Ugrt'a whale? Just when Ihe whale will turn up is a random event. But maybe Ihe cause of your trouble is that you don t appear to have done everything on Ihe mainland yet. Take the gold ball to the pond near where you found it.
And throw it in the water. Finally, let me give you a further hint by telling you what my mother told me. “A girl needs to kiss a lot of frogs before she finally meets her prince."
BLACK CRYPT As I am currently out of work and cannot afford to pay some saucy, fast cat to encase me from head to toe in rubber and beat me with a toaster. I decided to invest in a copy of Black Crypt to give me a dungeon fix. After several hours sweating over a hot keyboard I seem to have ground to a painful halt. The level that seems to be giving me so much trouble is level 10.1 have completed everything on this level up until the rather nasty Glyph of Death situated at grid reference 9. 13.10 and labelled 18 in the clue book. I have tried using both scrolls and spells, remove glyph, dispel
magic, remove trap, put-the-kettle-on-and-have-a- lie-down-and-think-about-it spell, but nothing seems to work.
No matter what I do I can’t get past the little blighter, and any attempt leaves my characters charred, singed and ashen-faced.
Not to mention dead Please help me. I am way past my wit's end and starting on someone else's Richard Scratcher, Leigh-on-Sea.
Y Jbur sad situation reminds me of a Z King once knew». Thai poor dear was shipwrecked on a desert island with his jester. Within a month, he too a as at his wit's end. Ah, it’s a hard life being so very funny.
haw a nasty suspicion that you have fallen foul of the same problem uhich snookered me. The glyphs uhich bar your way in this game are of different Well ihe clock on ihe wall tells me that dawn will be here soon, and if time I was tucked up safely in the family vault Final thought. To err i human but it feels dnnne Write down your little problem and send it in a plain envelope lo - Dear Vampyra CU Amiga. Priory Court.
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There is no way out of this problem except to restart the game. My only words of consolation are, if you do restart you'll be amazed how quickly you will get back to where you are now. Most of your time urns spent wondering how to solve each little problem. When you replay it again, you'll cut through each level very quickly.
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The CD is compiled from disks 2302 to 2800 from 17 Bit S library As this doesn't quite fill the entire disc, you II also fmd the Assassins Games Disks t to 140. Which |ust happen to feature two of a certain CU AMIGA writer s programs (blush), and dozens of slightly more obscure collections which between them offer almost every Public Domain program you could ever need As per usual judging a collection is difficult (do you look at each PD program in turn, score it out ot 100 and then average the results’) but this time there are certain aspects of the collection I don t like For starters, the
use of llu? DMS archiver really gets up my nose The Disk Masher program works by reading each track of a disk and putting it all into one file usually with a name ending with DMS Yes.
It s nice and convenient to pack each disk into a single file Yes. It's clever to have each PD disk re-cre atod onto a floppy disk No I don t like it I use a CD-ROM drive connected to an A4000 to access CD-ROMS, and it I want to use a particular file on the disk it means waiting while an entire floppy is pro cessed One ot Ihe reasons I have a CD ROM drive is fo get away from a reliance on floppies and I much prefer the approach of the- Walnut Creek Amine CD ROM which uses LHA to compress files individually and sort them into various categories Unfortunately when ii comes to demo programs. DMS
is the only solution, as every single track on the disk bootblocks especially must be included in the archive Don t worry though you II still spend more time using the files than you will wailing tor them to un-DMS. And to be honest there probably isn't a belter way of slewing the files The other floppy collections on the CD i ARUG NZ and AMIGAN) are stored in an uncompressed form, which makes life easier and when left to auto boot in a CDTV or CD32, a special disk selection iiont panel appears This panel is quite handy and scrolls a list of all the files on the disk In fact you also get a
list of the files on the previous disks in the 17 Bit Collection ll you select a disk from one of these you are prompted lor the* relevant CD It's a nice loucti. And I can see queues forming in Amiga clubs across’the land as membeYs wait in line to get their chosen PD from a CDTV acting as a vending machine or |ukebo* However for some reason I had a greai deal of hassle with the front panel, especially
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While the World awaits the release of Imagine
3. 0, John Kennedy takes a look at version 2.9, a stop-gap update
for registered 2.0 users.
Ok. I admit it - I'm a sick man. But I couldn t resist these new detoimations. I only used two ot the 50 new textures A useful addition Is the ability to see where virtual camera Is actually pointing. The perspective view in the top-right will update in real time which you move the camera around.
Imagine 3.0 has to be the most sought after piece of ‘serious’ software on the Amiga.
Imagine 2.0 was (and is) great, but users have been constantly tempted with promises of new features in regular newsletters. Whispers on the electronic nets bounce across the globe: “it’s shipping next month... it’s shipping next week... it’s shipping tomorrow... the ship's sunk.'
This review is based on Imagine 2.9 which is a work in progress’ that contains all the parts of 3.0 that are currently working. The upshot is that Impulse have decided to supply anyone who orders a copy of 3.0 with a copy of 2.9 in the interim. Let’s see what we think.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS Okay, so Ihe loading screen is different, but what else is new? At first glance everything in Imagine
2. 9 is the same as Imagine 2.0. It has the same quad view (top,
side, front and isometric), the same editors. What has changed
to merit the .9 titular addition?
Animators have been screaming for.
Unfortunately, none of the hundreds of fonts I tried actually worked, and the best 1 got was a few obscure error messages.
Hummph, work in progress I suppose.
There are a few other features which don't quite work: quick render now causes a crash and the AGA support isn't the most comprehensive you 'II see. You can count on these bugs being fixed really soon, but Impulse have had plenty of time to work on them. Perhaps they have been working on other features, such as the weird and wonderful particles.
You have to look very closely at Imagine
2. 9 to spot the differences, but they are pretty major and most
are conveniently placed in a small menu called 'new stuff'
just so you know where to find them.
Probably the most important new addition is the extension of the isometric view window - the display that shows your object in a 3D wireframe representation. It really has been improved beyond comparison. With real time manipulation and Zoom, Angle and Perspective buttons to allow precise movements. Even better, when the camera is moved around, objects are replaced by real time moving bounding boxes, so no more guessing at complicated viewpoints. As well as the usual wireframe, solid and shaded view a 'new mode' allows the object to be manipulated in the virtual 3D world, so at last all
the move and rotate tools can be applied in any window.
A NEW EDITOR!
Imagine has always split tasks across different editing screens. Objects are built in the Form and Detail editors, arranged in the Stage editor and then animated in the Action editor.
But wait, there is a new screen to know and love - the Spline editor. In the same way the Forms screen is used to make symmetrical objects for tinkering with in the Detail editor, the Spline editor can be used to make curvy shapes.
At long last there is even a PostScript font option with dozens of level options: a feature which logo PRODUCT TEST CU AMIGA life experimenting. Particles and the particle effects is such a feature.
Have you seen Deep Space 9? Seen the bit at the start where a large white glittery rock thing flies past, spewing dust everywhere? Imagine 2.9 can do that.
Want to animate water coming from a hose pipe? Down a waterfall? How about smoke from a candle? Rain?
Wind blown snow? (ugh, don 't talk to me about snow).
This is what Imagine particles are all about. They are nothing like the real world physics of Real 3D - ie there aren't bowling balls scattering pins, but they are still very clever, and it's going to be some time before the real power behind these menus and requesters are turned into animations, but you can bet it will look good.
Fyg JNCAKD A deformation menu is another new addition, which can be used to add a new twist to your objects. Highlight your object in the usual way. And then decide how to twist, shear, taper, pinch, bend or stretch it. The degree of mangling can be controlled by entering numbers, or by selecting one of the new buttons at the bottom of the Detail Editor and wiggling the mouse.
Thankfully the Undo feature still works a treat.
WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT WHAT‘S NEW: Here's a quick at-a-glance list of some ot the new features present in Imagine 2.9.
• Real time 30 editor view
• Spline editor
• Fifty new textures
• Particles
• AGA rendering modes
• Deformations
• Stales
• Particle effects WHAT'S NOT NEW: And here are some of the
features which have been promised at various stages for Imagine
3.0, but failed to make it into this 2.9 version.
A new 3.0 manual is currently being written, and is supposed to be considerably better than the 2.0 manual.
• Bones
• Kinematics
• Improved anti-aliasing
• New light sources with improved shadows
• Shadow mapping
• Depth of field effects
• Sound Object states’ are closely related to warping objects.
When creating animations it’s extremely useful to be able to
define keyframes, and then getlhe software to tween or morph
the object between them.
For example, an image of a head talking might require one frame with the mouth fully closed, and another with the mouth fully open. The intervening frames can all be calculated by the computer.
Doing this with Imagine was always possible, but the real problems start when brush and texture maps are used. If you map a digitised picture of a face onto the head object and alter the shape of the object, the texture seems to remain static as the object squirms underneath in a most repulsive manner.
Now with the addition of states, the textures can be tacked into place so that when an object gets bigger, the texture stretches to cover it.
Clever stuff, and it allows for all sorts of weird and wonderful morphing projects.
BAD THINGS It’s a pity that some of the old irritations are still present in Imagine 2.9. Any backdrop image still has to be the same size as the rendered image, which makes rendering previews and full-screens tedious. Come on, how much work does it take to scale an image? And please, please.
Impulse, add a file requester - it can take ages typing in a long path - only to find that you've made a mistake when the rendering process starts. This isn’t what Workbench 3.0 was made for.
On the other hand, some real improvements have been made in the palette handling area, although Impulse still haven't got the hang of directly creating animations. It’s plain to see that Impulse still have a lot to do before Imagine can approach the flexibility of Real 3Dv2.
CONCLUSION Imagine 2.9 is good, but far from the finished 3.0. It’s not completely fair to say it’s only worth the hassle of upgrading if you are sure you have pushed 2.0 as far as you can already, as the new view modes and object deformations will actually make the program easier to use.
However, the biggest single improvement Impulse can make in version 3.0 is a good manual, preferably one that covers all the features in the program in detail. Until that happens, many Imagine owners will only be scraping the surface.
THAT NEW MENU IN FULL UNH00K REH00K Controls grouping of objects and their current Imagine state.
DEFORMATIONS Also known as 'six different ways to destroy a perlectly good object'. In reality, the changes can be as drastic or subtle as you wish.
CONFORMATIONS Moved from a previous menu. Warps objects so they bend around spheres or cylinders.
PARTICLES Add particles to an object to permit various sorts of animation and special effects.
APPLIQUE Use a brush map to deform an object, depending on greyscale colour. Similar to a bump map, but the positions of triangular facets are actually modified.
WAVE Instantly deform an object with ripple or wave effects.
STATES Control the 'state' of an object, and lock it with its various brush and texture maps.
CHECK OBJ Perform an internal check on any objects loaded in. Some previously defined objects may not work perfectly with Imagine 2.9. LATTICIZE Split an object into Its component triangles, adding an edge to each. The easiest way to get scaffolding effects.
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Losing important files on a disk that suddenly decides to kick the bucket can be very frustrating, but need not be fatal. Jason Holborn looks at a program that promises to bring your files back from the dead.
Hecoweru 1.B8 • Copgriflht o Upper Design 1992,1993 Devices Hounted dev tea ice Search for files: Stanned drives V Hot deleted §ij|| |,,III teleted Lost Header less Search pattern: 1 I Search aethod: ¦V1 ..!il e Seep search IlSllfm drive 1 _| Skip read errors Buffers: | T] Before start Manning a disk, nake it: I* Unavailable for svsten use ..... A - .. * mm No storage medium is totally tail-safe and even m these days ol CD ROMs, high density floppy disks and large hard drives, it's still possible lor a disk to suddenly crash. When this does happen you can be certain that the
disk would have contained files that you desperately needed - be It that vital letter to your solicitor, the musical score that you've been working on lor weeks or even your saved game files lor Frontier.
Recently, I suffered Irom this problem when my Macintosh hard drive suddenly decided to take a one way tnp to hard dnve heaven, taking all my files with it. Unfortunately. I was unable to recover these files but I would have had a much greater chance if they had been stored on an Amiga hard dnve and I had a copy ol Upper Disk Tools to hand Upper Disk Tools (UDT) is the first in a range ol budget utilities which promise high performance without the price.
UDT claims that If a disk suddenly develops problems. It will attempt to recover any files that It can Irom the device. If the disk is too far gone then you're in trouble, but. Believe it or not. Most faulty disks are usually not that bad.
BREAKDOWN RECOVERY The UDT program disk contains two programs: Recovery and DSBackup Recovery is responsible for handling the task ol recovehng files Irom faulty disks and is different trom the DiskDoctor style utilities that Amiga users have come to love. Instead ol running as a self-containing utility. Recovery installs an AmigaDOS device called REC that can be accessed Irom either AmigaDOS. Workbench (the REC device is automatically assigned its own disk icon) or even your favourite directory utility It provides a sort ol back door into any standard AmigaDOS device wtiicti is currently
mounted. This may seem a strange method ol handling disk recovery but it works very well indeed.
Say. Lor example, the disk in your internal drive was faulty and it contained tiles that you were unable to extract through normal means. All you'd have to do is double dick on Ihe REC disk icon and a window containing two drawers will open, one ol which is labelled Drives. Inside this drawer is a further set ot drawers, one tor each AmigaDOS device (DFO. DHO etc). To extract the tiles from DFO all you have to do is to double click on the DFO drawer and UDT will then scan the disk tor any tiles that it can tind. It s intelligent too - even II the tile doesn't have a header' or has been
deleted. UDT will still find it (most ol the time) Scanning a standard AmigaDOS tloppy disk takes about a minute and once it's complete. A directory is created inside the DFO drawer containing the names of all the tiles that UDT managed to find. II it managed to find the files that you thought you had lost, you can then copy them across to a standard AmigaDOS floppy or hard (ksk simply by dragging them out ol the REC device window and onto the backup disk.
This technique seems to work well - ol all the faulty disks I managed to muster. UDT rescued the files on every one In tact one particular disk was so badly corrupted that even the HorkPencti OskDotXr and the PD program DiskSatv2 refused to touch it.
Not UDT though - it happily extracted all the files that I wanted without even so much as a hiccup Also on the UDT disk is a second utility called DSBackUp (Disk Structure Backup) that allows you to backup the RDB (Rigid Disk Block) structure ot any disk. This can be very usetul il the structure ol the disk becomes corrupt (one ol the most common problems with AmigaDOS disks), as it will allow you to restore the structure ol the disk, there- lore giving access to the files on that device Hard disk users will find this uselul as it can save the hassles ol having to restore an entire partition
from a set ot back-up disks.
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At long last, the eagerly awaited follow up to one of the Amiga’s most enduring and popular music programs is with us. Mat Broomfield doh- ray-me’s his way through Music-X 2.0. I I usic-X 1.0 was released to universal acclaim back in the latter part of 1989. It I was the first music sequencer written Mi V specifically to take advantage of all of the Amiga’s unique abilities. Unfortunately, that version was heavily bugged, and it was 1990 before the more stable version 1.1 hit the streets.
Initially retailing for £199, the program sold in droves, and remarkably, is still selling several hundred copies a week even now. If you look around, you should have no trouble finding a version for £30 or less.
Although it is extremely good, the one thing that the program lacked, was an easy way of entering tunes for those people who don't play an instrument, or who may want to orchestrate or transcribe sheet music.
Music-X2.0 solves that problem in one elegant and delightful stroke. In fact. I would even go so far as to say, that the program's main raison d'etre, is to provide Music-X owners with a good notation package.
The new package is in fact, not one, but two programs; Music-X and the new addition, Notator- POWER STAVES Before you start entering music, you'll probably want to set up the number of staves, as well as defining their clefs and the instruments that will be assigned to them.
This program supports up to 18 staves and 36 tracks. If you want to use more than 18 tracks, then you’ll simply have to double up on one of the staves. Although this is a nuisance when it hap-
X. So far as I can see. The Music-X part of the equation is
identical to the original 1.1 version except for one minor
change which allows it to communicate with Notator-X. For that
reason, I'll leave the music X part until laterbecause I'm
just dying to tell you all about Notator-X As I’ve already
mentioned, Notator-X is designed to accept music scored in
traditional notation. In other words, quavers and minims, bars
and clefs, triplets and ties: the sort of thing that most
professional musicians, be they computer, rock or orchestral,
use. - At first glance, the screen does not appear to be very
busy, and you could easily be forgiven for thinking that the
program was closely related to Dr wj r3i| tip I J I PplW1' 1
Bl* I J«c- mj r jHlaor Jail Tr«J« The bar setting* can be
changed with every bar, and the clef and key signatures can
even be altered midway through a bar.
It's Just a pity that the same time signature has to be used lor all the Instruments In a bar.
Pens, it's really only the liveliest orchestral scores that need more than 18 separate parts in piece.
• Once you've specified the number of staves, you can assign
specific MIDI channels and names to them. If you're using the
program purely for its printed output, this step is redundant,
but if you plan to perform the score via Music-X then it’s
invaluable. Incidentally, Notator-X is capable of saving scores
in standard MIDI format too, so you can even import them into
programs like Bars & Pipes or Sequencer 1.
There's one final aesthetic duty that you can perform upon your staves before you assign them their individual clefs - and that's to group them.
This is sometimes done to indicate instrumental groupings, especially when there are separate parts for more than one of the same instrument.
The program supports straight and curly braces (although they can’t be nested with, say a three staff straight brace inside a seven staff curly one).
FRIENDLY BAR SET UP Now that you've set up the overall appearance of the score, it's time to set the characteristics of the individual bars and staffs. The Set Bar requester lets you define time signatures, key signatures, bar lines and numbers and repeats and endings.
Strangely, given the program's flexibility, it’s not possible to specify a time signature which is unique to a single staff, which means that all parts must be notated to the same signature.
Fortunately the same is not true of the key signature which may be specified in a major or minor key. And can be altered at any time, even mid-way EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW CU AMIGA This program gives you more notation primitives than any other Amiga music package, except the ultra-expensive JARGON BOX Copyist Professional.
Through a bar (as can the clef - ahh bliss!). Now at last, you can enter some notes!
EVENT: Sequencer information is ordered as a linear stream of data which tells an instrument or the Amiga how to perform a piece of music. Any single instruction is known as an event.
GATE: The actual duration of a note (as opposed to its scored duration). Articulation affects the gate of a note.
MIDI: Musical Instrument Digital Interface. The acronym lor a standard communications protocol between instruments and computers which allows them to 'speak' to each other.
PIANO-ROLL: A way of notating music that was first used on cardboard pianola scores. Notes are represented by small rectangles. The longer the rectangle, the longer the duration of the note. The higher the rectangle is on the piano roll, the higher its pitch. Its horizontal position denotes when it will actually play.
REAL-TIME: The process of performing an action (in this case recording a tune) on-the-lly’ so that the finished music will replayed with exactly the same timing as you played the original.
SEQUENCER: A program which is used to record, combine and edit sequences of music, played in real-time on a MIDI-compatible instrument.
STAFF STAVE: The set of five lines on which musical notes are written.
The program’s authors, Desert Software, have tried hard to make the program as friendly to use as possible, with mouse and keyboard shortcuts at every turn. The trouble is, with these sort of programs, user-friendliness is such a personal thing, and what's good for one person, may be less attractive to another. They have tried to reach some sort of a compromise by making Notator-X as user-configurable as possible and, although they've succeeded in some cases, in others they've failed.
Anyway, down to specifics.
You're initially greeted by two empty staves, each of them two screens wide. The staves are ( _ assigned a treble clef and a 4 4 2 11 || specify how they will be played (staccato, tenuto time signature. Apart from that, I U and normal) via the articulation icons. If these BMBl tmmuWSM I sym* ls arent enough, you can add additional note
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menu. These include pedal on. Fermata, accents
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duration (gate) and playing style of a note, so an accented
note would be played more aggressively (with more attack)
than a non-accented one, for example.
Slur Up Of course, it will come as no surprise to learn that Notator-X supports the standard accidental modifiers (sharp, flat and natural). What will come as a pleasant surprise, is the fact that it also recognises double sharps and flats - to my knowledge the only Amiga program to do so. In Tfw contents ot th« Symbol menu are context sensitive. In fad, the program Can Claim a lot Of Amiga firsts other words, the choice ot symbols available to you changes an£j jls very exciting because Of this.
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A rather unresponsive blue crotchet cursor sits gram, designed by somebody who's intimately staring at you from the upper ot the staves. This acquainted both with scored music, and the short- cursor denotes exactly where all musical and nota- tails ot existing programs, tonal events will be entered (except when the But hey, I’m getting ahead ot myselt again, events apply to groups of notes). ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ NOTATION M At the bottom of the screen is the icon palette con- |J J j|JN“*" » taining every possible event that you can notate. At rTirW | the left-hand end are the notes, ranging from a
JjlSsfl** it j semi-breve (whole note) to a one hundred and liliJ iSj - twenty eighth note (a stick with five tails!). The cor- ¦ ¦» j* kft ti i : responding rests are also included. Naturally, v---- dotted notes are also supported, although sadly, g j p f a p p dots are not. To make up for that the pro- gram does support an infinite number of tuplets, y -=.
Click on the Tuple! Icon and a requester will Jiiajj appear asking exactly what duration you want the | w I , notes to occupy. For example, three notes in the I rl»l3 1 * time of two, or seven in the time of six.
Tho program handles alurs very well. In (act II even lets you redefine the shape of each one using bezier handles.
Once you've chosen these notes, you can IT'S IN THE LINKS Music-X2.0is not so much a new program, as an addition to the existing one. This is good because the original program’s easy-to-use interface is what made it so popular in the lirst place.
Version 2.0 gives you a whole new program called Notator-X vMch you can use for entering your scores. The clever thing is the way that the two programs work together.
Either of them can be loaded and used as a stand-alone program. So if you’re in the mood for a little sequencing, just load Music-X, whereas if it's a bit ol orchestration that tickles your fancy, you only need to boot Notator-X. However, and this is the really good bit, if you want to try out the results ol your work as you go, you can load both programs together and flip between the two. Each of them contains an option to copy data from the other, so it's a simple matter to notate a little ditty you've just played, and an equally easy matter lo sequence some sheet music that you may have
entered.
ENTERING NOTES When you've selected a musical event, pressing the return Key will place it on the current stave at the cursor location. Once the event has been placed, the cursor remains exactly where it is, which can lead to momentary contusion as to whether or not you placed the event at all. This is not helped by the fact that it's possible to place the same note twice in the same location, which sees somewhat silly.
To move onto the next location, you'll need to manually move the cursor with the mouse or keyboard. By default, the cursor will then naturally move to the next available spot in the staft. Here's where the program starts to resemble Copyist or even Sonix for it will not let you move the cursor ahead to a bar, say six bars hence, until you've filled the intervening space with notes or rests.
This is a real pig because it forces you to work in a You can alter numerous parameters which will affect the size and spacing of the on-screen image, etc ensuring that editing Is as friendly as possible. If only the screen would auto-scroll to follow the edit cursor Instead of having to be manually moved!
Totally linear fashion which can be a bit stifling to one's creativity. It’s initially far easier to use the program by keyboard, because the controls are intuitive and easy to use. However, although I've not yet become comfortable with the mouse controls, they do offer total control, allowing you to » Notmtor-X produces some truly excellent printed output, making the program useful to professionals as well as musical hacks like myself!
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Anyway, entering notes is extremely easy, and it won’t take long before you’ve built up a nice little score. Once you've laid down a few bars, there are further modifications that you can make. For example, beams, slurs and ties can only be applied to two or more notes, as can de crescendos and arpeggios. To select multiple notes, simply use the mouse to drag a box around the required notes and that’s it. If you need to select notes across lots of bars, the screen resolution, display resolution and display sizes can all be altered to accommodate virtually any requirements. Altering the
display resolution simply changes the space between notes so that they’re easier to select individually, whilst altering the screen resolution and display size physically increases or decreases their size so that you can get more or less bars and staves on the screen at a time.The program also lets you add text to a score, which is handled as slickly as everything else.
Finally, before I finish, I must mention Notators printed output, which is by far the best I’ve ever seen on a sequencer. Not only that, but it’s very easy to set-up, and forces you to endure none of Music-X Is one ot Ihe tew sequencers specifically designed to handle samples as well as It handles MIDI instruments.
The mucking about associated with other, somewhat bug-ridden programs.
AND MUSIC-X?
Much as I'd love to keep on talking about Notator-X, it would be remiss of me to review the package without saying something about the less glamorous part of the partnership: Music-X.
As I mentioned before, this part of the program is essentially unchanged from the version that was released in 1990. Apart from the rather unpleasant on-screen colours, that's not a bad thing because the program was in many ways, a model of innovation and user-friendliness. If only the same could be said for Ihe manual which, frankly, although grammatically sound enough, does not help the novice to learn Ihe program. It seems to be all reference and virtually no tutorial; unfortunately this is an an essential requirement for a program of such complexity.
The program consists of nine inter-related editors and control modules which between them allow you to operate the program.
Although designed as a sequencer, the program will let you use IFF samples as well. In fact, it’ll even let you load up to 64 of them at a time!
The program's main screen is the sequencer win- No other program makes It quite as easy to edit complex MIDI events as Muslc-X, thanks to Its Bar and Event Editors.
|IWU(-a Ufmur'. 1« trim lively via the Bar Editor. For me, this is the most powerful section of the program because It makes complex MIDI operations extremely easy: far more so than any other MIDI program I've ever used.
Musical notes are displayed as bars on a piano-roll grid. They move from left to right with time, and top to bottom with pitch. In other words the lower a bar is, the lower its pitch, whilst the further to the right it is, the later in a song it will be played.
. It’s not just notes that can be showed on this editing screen though; every type of MIDI event can be displayed and edited too. The start and end velocities of every note can be displayed as blocks whose height denotes their amplitude. Program numbers (instrument changes) are shown as sma" numbered blocks. By dragging them up and down the piano roll, the instrument numbers are changed. Better still, even complex and system exclusive events such as modulation, pitch bends and aftertouch can be added and edited with the same ease.
If this graphical approach is not to your liking, you can always switch from the Bar Editor to the Event Editor. This contains the entire song in list ] format, with each event described textually - idea. .
For users of Soundtracker-styfe programs!
Mus c X also includes a comprehensive Keymap Editor which lets you assign different X events or sequences to every key of a MIDI key- I board. This means that you could, for example. I assign a zone on your keyboard to automatically I execute prerecorded performances, a feature you .
Will need it you want to use the program in a live ; commercial environment.
Even in its current state (I looked at a pre- H release version), Music X2.0 looks immensely promising and I simply can't wait to use the finished product.
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the Advanced Amiga Analyzer. Mat Broomfield goes into analysis mode.
Like all computers, the Amiga is.a complex piece of equipment that takes a while to understand. If you want to get to grips with its operating system, or how its software works, there are loads of books available to help you. If you want to find out a bit more about the hardware then you're on your own.
Most of the time, this lack of information isn't a problem because it's generally only programmers and dedicated enthusiasts who need to get that deeply involved in the Amiga’s inner workings.
However, like all intricate machines, the Amiga sometimes breaks down.
It's very rare for the computer to go completely belly up, so that you can't even get a display of some sort. Far more often, a single component will fail, perhaps intermittently at first, or it may just stop working all in one go. These failures can be a real devil to track down, but they can totally wreck your computing activities too.
With repairs costing anything from £30-£100, it's in your best interests to try and locate the source of any problems yourself. Until now, that hasn’t been easy, if you didn't know the Amiga intimately, your chances were not good.
Now, thanks to the Advanced Amiga Analyzer, even the least computer-literate user can perform a full series of diagnostic tests on his Amiga.
The program contains representations of all the external ports.
Here you see the Joystick and mouse ports. The various pins even light up as you move the mouse or Joystick.
FEARSOME TWOSOME Analyzer consists of software and hardware which carry out specific tests on separate system elements. The software is the most important part of the set-up because, not only does it perform most of the tests, it also suggests where problem areas are likely to be should a fault occur.
All operations are performed via a button bank which appears at the bottom of the screen. This bank allows you to select the area to be checked, as well as letting you start and stop test runs.
The first button on the button bank is labelled Gameport. It lets you test the status of the two joystick mouse ports. When you select this button, the screen display shows a representation of both ports, with each pin clearly labelled.
If a device is connected to either of the ports, moving it will light up various pins on the display.
In order to perform an accurate test, you should plug in the mouse, move it around and try pressing the buttons. You should then plug in a joystick and move that around too, because the ports flUHO HRRWARE TESTER react differently. If you have a three-button mouse or an analogue joystick, Analyzer can test them also.
If you should detect an error whilst performing the test; ie the appropriate pin doesn’t light up when moving in that direction, clicking on that pin will tell you how that part of the port interfaces with the computer. This is invaluable because it tells you exactly what chips and what circuit path to examine in order to find the problem.
For example, if the right direction on your joystick doesn’t work, you’re told that the offending pin is buffered through the 74LS157 chip (U202, pin 13) and into the 8362 Denise chip (U201).
This handy information makes finding a cure much easier as you can pinpoint where the fault is. There’s also a help button which has full details on the tests.
However, for some reason, the software cannot tell you whether or not the appropriate power is reaching the joystick ports, and that's where the extra hardware comes in. Plug the dangling 9- pin D plug into either port and a light will be illuminated to indicate that all is well.Where no light appears, all is not well. The hardware is also used to check the power of the serial, parallel and RGB video ports.
Mwor AGGLE When it comes to testing the serial and parallel ports, there is nothing to waggle around to check for a response, so the hardware has to generate a signal that simulates such action. After you've selected serial or parallel from the button bar, you will be presented with a graphical representation of the appropriate port. To perform a full check, you’ll need to dick the run test button at the bottom of the screen. Then, in conjunction with the hardware, the program begins running a series of tests on the The system configuration gives a summary ot the components In your computer so
you know what can and can't be upgraded.
When It comes to testing the serial and parallel ports, you’ll need to plug In the extra hardware.The program then automatically tests them tor you.
Various pins. If an error is detected, the offending pin is highlighted and information about that pin’s function is given as a diagnostic aid.
Not all of the tests involve testing external ports. The memory test for example, checks the status of all RAM. Including expansion memory. It does this by writing to and reading from the entire memory in 256k blocks (small enough for you to locate any particular chips that may have failed).
If any errors are discovered, the offending memory address is listed at the bottom of the screen.
The disk drive checking section is designed to check for faults on any drives attached to the Amiga. It does this by performing read and read write tests. If a fault occurs, a variety of error numbers may be generated, and although most of these are more to do with the structure of the data on the disk, they can be used to detect faults such as misaligned or damaged heads.
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way of differentiating between the various types of error, but that's not really a weakness in the program.
The Audio test is unsophisticated, but at least it lets you check whether or not all your Amiga’s sound channels are working. It does this by playing a short scale of notes across each of the four channels, one after the other, whilst highlighting the notes on-screen.
The idea is that if your Amiga misses a note, you'll know it. To be honest, I don't believe there are any faults which will knock out a single note or even a single sound channel, so I feel that this option may have been included to satisfy the inexperienced user who tends to like lots of flashing lights and bells!
The video section is not so much a test as an information screen. They say in the manual that the only test that can be easily applied to the video port is to check whether or not power s getting to it. I would have thought that some sort of test card PRODUCT TEST CU AMIGA might have been useful to help ensure that the RGB lines were working.
The final section is labelled Config and it's especially useful for those occasions when you need to know exactly what chips are lurking inside your Amiga. It reports the ROM, Agnus, Denise, CPU and FPU versions as well as the display mode. It also displays a list of all expansion boards and a summarised memory map. Whilst this last section is useful enough, Syslnfo does offer a more complete system summary.
CONCLUSION If you only own an A500. Or 600 perhaps, it would be very hard to justify the price of Advanced Amiga Analyzer. If, however, you own several Amigas, or you belong to a group of Amiga-own- ing friends, or even an Amiga club, this is the very thing you need.
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Then came the CD32. And this time the world was ready. A games console that has an Amiga inside? Where can I get one? Both machines have something in common - they both use CD-ROM technology which can store huge amounts of information. One important point though: CD-ROMS might look exactly the same as audio Cds, but they won't work in your midi system.
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sending if It buy a game marked Cdi and expect to run it on an
Amiga; for exactly the same reason you can’t buy a PC ver
sion of a game and expect to run that on an Amiga either. It
might be poss ble to read the data on the disk (all disks use
the ISO9660 standard), that’s not always good enough.
For example, using CrossDOS you can examine the contents of an PC disk. You can copy the files over onto your own computer disks, but you can't run the programs. PC and Amiga computers use completely different processors and so the programs themselves are completely incompatible.
For similar reasons, games sold on CD for the CD3fOBT" you can find any) won’t always work on other hardware platforms. Games for the CD32 are very likely to use the AGA chipset, and the CD32 also has the unique AKIKO graphics chip Adding a CD-ROM player to an A1200 or A4000 will probably not enable games to run, unless they are specifically designed to c Therefore, avoid buying CD32 TV specific software for an Amiga fitted with a normal CD-ROM drive.
However, in some rare instances, you might be lucky - Turrican II runs if you disable CPU caches and start it from the shell, but generally the The PlayCD utility Is used to control the p back of standard audio CD's. The music comes either through the headphone jack at the front of the player, or through the Amiga's Integral mixer If you have an A4000.
£ « » VoLune 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 18 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 28 « I »l | Each disk only costs a few pounds to manufacture and are sold for about £20. Compare that to a 600Mb hard drive which would set you back about £600.
Before we go any further, some very important points need to be lln the same way that not all II work on afferent ems, not all CD-ROM xsmpafible. You can'l Lowest Priced Top Quality Ribbons, Inkjets, Toners & Disks Ring us and WE WILL BEAT all other Ribbon prices PRODUCT TEST CU AMIGA odds are stacked against you. Until Commodore Bring out those mythical CD-ROM drives (or the A4000 Ihere is no way to guarantee that CD32 games or FMV video disks will work with non-CD32 hardware.
PC-based CDROM software is also hard to use. None ol the programs will work (unless you are running an emulator) but any standard data files might be useful, for example, can usually be used.
Similarly, if you have a good image processing program such as AdPro you should be able to read and display any images.
PLAYERS Before you can use any Cds, you'll need a suitable CD player. Using an JARGON BUSTERS Slang term lor or A4000 and the various tower systems.
CDTV: The ’Commodore Dynamic Total Vision' was the first CD-based Amiga.
Unfortunately, it wasn't the amazing success Commodore had hoped for, but It paved the way for the CD32.
SINGLE SPEED: CD-ROM drives work at a standard data transfer rate ol about 150K per second. In other words, the Amiga can load about 153,600 characters per hard drive.
SrjssaerjsL data at about 300K per second. Triple and quadruple drives are available, but at the moment the performance isn't really worth the extra cost.
SCSI: The Small Computer Systems Interface standard, which allows to up seven SCSI-compatible devices (such as harddrives, optical drives or CDROM drives) to be connected with a host system.
MULTISESSION: Occasionally individual Cds contain information added after the initial pressing. In order to access this data, the drive and software need to have multi-session capabilities.
IS09660: The standard protocol for stor: ing computer information on a CD. The catch is that although the data can be accessed, it might not be useful lo the particular computer system reading it.
Each ol these drawers contains dozens of programs, all archived - it will take weeks to look at everything. This is only a fraction ol the contents ol one disk, old audio player simply isn't on - you need a dedicated computer peripheral. Once you have managed lo get a drive connected, the ROM will look like any other disk drive to the Amiga's system. An icon appears on your Workbench, and all the files it are available for copying or
- just like a gigantic floppy disk. The only difference is. Of
course, that the drive is write protected: CD-ROMs are read
only with current (affordable) technology.
There are two main standards used to connect CDROM drives to computers. It doesn't really make much difference which you use, as the drive itselt will behave in exactly the same way.
The simplest interface is good old SCSI, the standard we all waved the At 200 and A4000. A SCSI compatible CD-ROM player can be connected to any s port, and with the correct driving software will work perfectly.
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much good. Thankfully, bsc AHadata have brought out a suitable card, which means lhal the most popular PC drives can now be connected to any 'big box' Amiga.
But what if you don't have a SCSI interface or a Zorro slot? Well, A500 owners are lucky - they can buy the official Commodore A570 CDROM drive for about £99. The A500 Plus will support it without modification, but the original A500 will need a minor operation to upgrade its Agnus chip.
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these machines can be connected to a CDTV player. Many High Street retailers are current selling these machines off at bargain prices, and they are well worth getting. For your £100-£200. You II get a superb box containing a 1 Mb A5O0 plus, a CDROM player which doubles as a music system, a disk drive, mouse and keyboard. CDTV peripherals are still available and its possible to add all sorts of SCSI hard drives, genlocks and trackballs.
AMINET COLLECTIONS The electrons Internet system has a huge archive ol Amiga software, much ot which is not available elsewhere- This disk contains the Amiga site tiles and a lew other collections too. It is pcrlect lor the more serious Amiga user, interested in utilities as well as games and demos All programs are compressed, usually with LHA.
However, the inclusion of standard parallel and serial ports at the back ol the CDTVs case is very interesting A normal ParfVet cable can be attached here, and connected to a host Amiga, an A600 tor example With ParNet running, the CDTVs CD-ROM dnve can be accessed as a standard AmigaDOS drive called CD0: See the February 1994 issue of CU AMIGA for the ParNet program and details on linking machines with it.
SOFTWARE You might be wondering what the point ot having a CD-ROM dnve is it you can’t actually run any CD32 or CDTV software.Consider this: Do you like PD software? Buy a couple ot disks every so often? So how much would it cost you to get 600 lloppy disks worth? Quite a bit. Eh?
How would you feel about a single CD-ROM. Costing about £20. Which contains all 600 floppy disks - or more - and all instantly available for you? With one disk you can immediately recoup the cost ol the player the interface - even a new CDTV playerl Okay, there is bound to be some crossover of programs between these disks, but it’s not as bad as you might think.
Several PD collections are slored using standard Amiga archive!*, which means that they end up holdmg tar more than the 600Mb a normal CD-ROM can.
If a CD contains archived data, you'll need access to a floppy or hard drive in order to decompress it. So don’t expect it to work on a standalone CDTV or CD32. For example.
The 17 Bit Collection requires a floppy drive, so a CDTV and external lloppy or a CD-ROM fitted to a big box Amiga is required programs come with the decompressing soltware ready to use.
Uuru voi i This disk contains the tamous Fred Fish Amiga public domain collection. Or at least disks number 1 to 660 trom it. There is so much stuff here it will take years to look at it all. £19.99, t7 Bit Software (Tel:0924 366 982 I CDPD vol 2 a I ICInstTccfc «i9S2,t933bsc Setup dr to* Etle Systen Partition drive... The Tandem controller card can also be used lo interlace standard IDE hard drives to the Amiga The supplied set-up software looks like Commodore s own HDToolBox and does a similar |ob of More Fish disks (661 - 760) and the SCOPE collection(t-220) ol PD disks and the AB
archives. £19.99, 17 Bit Software (Tel:0924 366 982) CDPD vol 3 Filled with the Fish disks 761-880.
Along with HAM and AGA mode images and the complete text trom several books. £19.99,17 Bit Software (Tel:0924 366 982 ) DEMO CD 1 Stuffed with ready to-run Demos, dip art, more than 1000 modules, games and utilities £19 99.17 Bit Software (Tel:0924 366 982 ) Cheap PC CD-ROM drives are everywhere, but until now, there was no way you could use one with your Amiga.
Plug in the Tandem controller card, and your choice of available CD-ROM drives becomes wider than the Panama canal.
These disks make a perfect introduction to CD software as they don’t require any expert knowledge DEMO CD 2 More click-and-go tun, with over 6000 sound samples £19 99. 17 Bit Software (Tel:0924 366 982.)
LOCK AND LOAD A forthcoming collection ol games trom the Stales more details when we get a copy. £19 99.17 Bit Software (Tel:0924 366 982) PANDORA'S CD A demo ot multimedia applications, which doesn’t work very well on non-CDTV platforms. However, the : disk is still crammed with high quality images and sounds and at this price it’s a real bargain. £4.95 Redlaw Resources (Tel 0272 760600) THE 17 BIT COLLECTION Disks 1 to 2301 from 17 Bit’s own Public Domain library on a two disk set. Each disk is archived separately using DME and the supplied file-manager program will expand each the
original floppy £39.99. 17 Bit Software (Tel:0924 366 982.)
THE 17 BIT CONTINUATION This single disk volume contains disks 2302 to 2800.along with the Assassins game disks see the review elsewhere in this issue tor more details. £19.99, 17 Bit Software (Tel:0924 366 982.)
Collection for CDTV THE MULTIMEDIA TOOLKIT A disk tilled with images (Ham.
Ham8 and 24-bit) clipart,music, tonts and sound samples. Useful for all sorts of non-commerical DTP and Hyperbook-type projects.
£19.99. 17BI1 Software (Tel :0924 366 982 ) Amiga owners lucky enough to have a spare Zorro II or III slot can now get the same sort of facilities as PC owners, courtesy of long-time peripheral manufacturers bsc Alfadata.
This dual-purpose card is a halfheight circuit board, the most interesting thing about it is its two 40-pn connectors which suitable nbbon cables can be plugged into You can 0*1 II you ordortd viduBlly you © Aimul hcra 1903
• nm.noiio One set of pins is actually I a full IDE hardf drive
interface, as used 1 in the Amiga 1200 and Amiga 4000.
Now, any big box Amiga can make use of up to two relatively cheap 3.5 inch IDE hard TANDEM £69.00 A6Q0M A1200( A3000 9 A4000 I A500.P A2000 1 -1 f £35 The best way to fill a Zorro slot in a very long time.
OVERALL 90% delivery: next day £5.00 2-3 day, £2.50 Saturday £10.00 deliveriet are lubject to Hock availability, all price, include VAT E & OE World-wide distribution available, excluding Germany ; o drives, and A4000 owners can actually use four - if there is room inside the case for them all.
Getting hold of an IDE interface for the Amiga has been rather difficult of late, and this card is certainly the cheapest option around.
Using the Tandem on the A4000 to control the existing IDE drives actually speeds up transfer rates a little. A Connor drive jumped from 477,000 to 886.000 bytes per second which was a nice bonus.
Another bonus is the support for the IDE Syquest SQ3105A which might set you back £500-£600 but uses £80 removable 105Mb cartridges.
The second connector on the Tandem card is even more interesting - it’s a PC style CDROM interface for Mitsumi LU005 and FX001 drives. These drives are extremely popular with clone owners, and getting hold of them definitely isn’t a problem.
Attaching your hardware isn't difficult: fitting the cabling is as easy as tying a shoe lace. Mounting the hardware is another problem, but again it’s not particularly hard unless you have an A4000.
SOFTWARE The interface hardware is only half the fun, as it takes some pretty clever software to introduce AmigaDOS to the world of CD- ROMs, The Tandem installation procedure automatically sticks all the software you need onto your system disk, and when you place a CD- ROM disk in the player's £500 § tray up it pops on the | Workbench. There's no *1500 1 weird CLI commands, it simply whirrs a tad and you’re ready to go.
The file system is fast and efficient and you soon forget that the CD- ROM drive is anything special - it’s just another icon on your Workbench.
Unfortunately, the software only supports single session disks, but that is a situation which is bound to change with any future upgrades.
MUSIC A little program called PlayCD is a bonus that will help while away those long hours spend word processing .or whatever it is you do with your Amiga in private. PlayCD allows you to stick a normal audion CD in the drive and provides a CD player window to operate it. The music is relayed through the CD-ROM drive's audio interface which means that you can listen on headphones whilst your Amiga Is compiling your latest C program.
The only drawback is the lack of Arexx support, which would have opened the system up to some real multimedia applications.
CONCLUSION The price of this card might seem relatively low, but bear in mind that a similar card for a PC would cost about £20. And the low-chip count means that even at £70 the Tandem is over-priced from a hardware point of view.
If you plan on using it to add a hard drive to your system, bear in mind it is a half height card, with nowhere to physically mount a drive. The software support is good though - although a few more utilities and multi-session wouldn't go amiss - and the bonus of a good IDE hard drive interface means the Tandem is a card that has been eagerly awaited.
Hidden in the documentation is talk of a PCMCIA card version which, if it ever saw the light of day, would revolutionise the A1200 and A600 expansion market.
Note: Gasteiner (tel: 081 345
6000) sell the Tandem card and a Mitsumi CD-ROM drive together
See next month’s CU AMIGA where we review more CD-ROM
drives in depth.
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Simplicity is the key. The idea is that you pick your ettect from the list provided, tweak its speed, colours and other parameters, then grab another ettect from the list to add to the first unbl you get it just the way you want it to be Your own logos, pictures and animations created with your favourite art package can also be loaded in too, and mixed up with the rest ot the demo. IFF sound effects and tracker modules can then be added, in complete sync with all of your visuals.
VIDEO VIRTUOSO DemoManiac could be just the ticket for adventurous DIY video producers Whereas other video effects software can be sluggish and slow, all ot the effects here are generated in real time, and the ability to mix these with animations created with dedicated animation and ray-tracing packages has huge potential.
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• 2946 SOCCER CARDS
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?2962 FORECASTER V2.02A Another Upgrade for Pools!
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November 1992 Cover A4000 On Disk: Videoscape 30 animation package plus playable demos ol Legends of Valour and Sword ol Honour Inside: Amiga 4000 tint test, which Amiga should you bey? Lethal Weapon and Shadowlands and Office 2 reviewed.
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July 1993 Cover: Full motion video.
On Disk: Workbench Management System v2.0. plus playable demos ol The Patrician and Ft Challenge.
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Syndicate, Ishar 2 and Dune II reviewed, plus Vista Pro 2 and buyers guides to DTP packages and joysticks.
August 1993 Cover CD32.
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September 1993 Cover Amiga animation made easy.
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R1993 Cover Amazing' On disk: Aegis Animator - the animation program and Spectracolour. Plus demos ol Turrican 3 and The Settlers. Wow!
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January 1994 Cover Animation and graphics special.
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Vidi 12 24 RT. MediaPoint multimedia.
Beneath a Steel Sky. Cannon Fodder. 2ool 2.
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On disfcScala. The lop rated home video Idler (1Mb only), plus a completely tab demo ol Simon the Sorcerer (1Mb only).
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Resident demo fan Tony Horgan takes you through the fun side of this month’s public domain mailbag.
SEVEN SEAS slideshow Wi n wen some brilliant AGA slideshows recently. This one from Andromeda isn't Ihe best, but there are some highlights. The thirteen hand-drawn pictures ere mostly executed In lime-honoured lantasy style.
Standard stun ringing Irom landscapes lo the usual scantily-clad female warriors Most ol pictures look pretty good al first, until you notice some ol Ihe perspective and scale problems. Nol a bad etlort though.
Available Irom: Your Choice Soflware, 144 London Road. Sheltield Tel: BT42 «w, 555694. Disk nos. 0478a*b. (• »?.
Price: Cl 91 including P.P 11 r Bit ol a lave in the ollic Virtual Dreams. II you I on the trippy side, this this one from 3 your visual eltects ould be right up your global highway smooth and relaxing slow helicopter ride Then, alter an excellent fire effect, it's oil to a Wollenstien-type 3D mare, with slick texture-mapped walls. Alter thal there's a rotating dot-landscape anO an unentertainmg vector sequence, but it picks up again with some good 3D sine-Unes. Liquid plasma ol Xghest order crops up next, followed by brain-melting bitmap contortions Yummy -1 love it. W Available trom:
Visage Computers, 18 Station Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5LD.
Tel: 0602 444501. Price: 12.00 including P.P. AGA only. '' Adventure games are rare in the public domain, and decenl adventure games are even scarcer, so it's good lo see something like Talisman turning up in the mailbag. It looks like an old text adventure at first, but you don't actually enter any text trom the keyboard. All your actions are carried out with the mouse, by clicking on the nine command buttons and using the compass directions. Text descriptions ol Ihe locations appear in the bottom half ol the screen, with illustrations in the top comer. It's mainly the presentation that makes
the game, as the control method can be a bit limiting and the scenario Is standard fantasy stult. Nevertheless, there's plenty ol orc-bashing adventuring on oiler.
Available trom: Jorvlk Public Domain. 22 Hemlock Avenue, York, Y03 9DG. Disk no. GA 0096 a.b. Price: £2.08 Includ- Ing P.P. ¦»*' ASSASSINS 148 game compilation Yet another trio ol Iree games have been loaded onto the latest Assassins compilation Bestol the three is Noslolgtum. A clone ol that much-loved C64 shoot 'em up Uridium. Just like the original. It's a last- , moving horizontally-scrolling shoot 'em up. Played i over a series ol dreadnoughts (that's big long spaceships to you and me). Most ol Ihe game is as it was in the original, so you still gel the simple "bas-relief" graphics
(remember them, they look I like Wedgewood china) and snaky aliens swarm I about the levels, while you dodge the walls and I shoot the gun turrets Nostalgia Ians will lap it up I lor the first live minutes, but others will see it lor 1 the simple dated game it really is.
Also on the disk you get a version ol Mastermind, and a variation on the Soko-Ban puz-1 zle game theme Nol a bad compilation in all.
Especially as a lot ol other PD game disks would I be pul to better use as drink coasters.
Available trom: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb.
London, NW11 6JE. Disk no. AS1148.
Price: £1.40 including P*P.
Demo You're spoill lor choice this month it you want a rave demo Fatal Morgana has a standard bujz, lechno soundtrack. Dot there's plenty ol tun lo De had with the visuals, which include a menial ostrich, more at Ihose digitised dancers, and a childishly rib-lickling Beavis and Bullhead hi! At the end (hu hi. Hu hi. He he ..) Available Irom: PO Soli. 1 Bryam Avenue. Soulhend on Sea. Essea. SSI ?YD. Tel: 0702 466933. Ono Prie.:t3 including P.P ” classical mythology If Greek gods are your bag, then here are a couple of disks you shouldn't miss. It's a Hyperbook creation that uses a
mouse-controlled interface to simulate a conventional book Pages can be chosen Irom a menu, or llicked through one by one.
The pages are devoted to different ancient Greek gods and myths, with neat digitised Illustrations in most cases. A registered version is also available, which includes an extra disk covering Tolkien and Folklore.
Available from: Mr L Haynes, 41 Springfield Road, Scarlho. Grimsby, S Humberside. DN33 3JG. Price: £4 Including P.P (regfs- tered version). Lit?
Stylised vtdeo dips are the highlights in this, the latest graduate Irom the Jesus orrEs school of rave demos. Most of the visuals are mono images on a black background, but the single-colour animations and strobed logos are jazzed up with a bit ol colour-cycling. The soundtrack Is a good pumping technoid piece, backed with a shuttling Funky Drummered rhythm. Baggy, and a bit loose at the seams. Exodus on Lard entertains but it isn't that stunning.
Available from: PD Soil, 1 Bryant Avenue.
Southend on Sea. Essex, SS1 2YD. Tel: 0702 466933. Disk no. 3666. Tl.Vh Price: £3.00 Including P.P. COMPLEX ORIGIN do mo A variety of sequences and effects are on show in this 2-disk AGA-only demo, which starts out with some nifty snatches of ray-traced and fractal animation. Next is a real time vector mini-movie, with a trendy Lawnmower Man kind of tunnel trip.
Spinning bitmaps precede an impressive Wolfenstien Doom 3D maze section.
Available from: Visage Computers, 18 Station Road. Ilkeston, Derbyshire. DE7 5LD.
Tel: 0602 444501. Price: £2.00 includ- ing P P. AGA only.
Demo Iront-end, concentrating instead on the son- Ics. It’s a single soundtracker module using distorted bass drums, frantic high hats, rasping chords and loads of lovely squelchy TB 303 bassllnes. Thanks to some clever programming, the 303 lines aren’t just straight loops, you get that evolving snakey sound as the filter knobs are twid- demo Vory simple, this one. It's a series ol colour-cycled images that ara |us! Parted lor dial Condor moment There are the usual tunnels as hypnotic as ever, along with some more soundtrack A spol on chili oul demo More o' this please!
Available Irom: Barkm Mad. 18 Rhyber Avenue Lanark. Lanarkshire, Mill 7AL. Dish no. 0375 R Price: C1.25 Including P.P. OX c average. Nice one.
Available from: P0 Soft. 1 Bryant Avenue. Southend on Sea. Essex. SS1 2Y0. Tel: 0702 466933. Price: £3.00 plus 50p P*P.
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SMALL BUSINESS SUPER PACK STARVIEW astronomy PROCAD ELECTRONIC
1. 0 How do you fancy a star map that generates itself almost
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Well, that’s what you get with Starview. It allows you to see exactly what you would see from anywhere in the world, at any time you specify. Prominent con- * stellations are picked out with dot-to-dot lines, and « labelled by name. Mouse-controlled slider bars at * the bottom and side of the screen let you scroll « around the sky to get the full view. There’s even a « handy find option, which gives you a list of 48 stars i that it can pick out in an instant. A simple zoom i slider lets you take a closer look at any particular , area and map print outs are also available. G Available from:
Barkin Mad, 18 Rhyber Avenue,, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 7AL. Disk , no. 1370. Price: E1.25 including P+P.
F. VXMlKTALS - r-r 9 r: « «IB DESKTOP GUIDE TO ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Hull uciioitai guiae This guide contains everything you never
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It you want to know about the physics of how sound travels through air, exactly what a low-pass filter is, and need a crash course in ADSR envelopes, then this program could be useful.
However, this guide is presented in a linear fashion, so, unlike a Hyperbook presentation, which would let you jump around trom one section to another, this just ploughs on at its own pace, which can be a bit frustrating. Also, most of the tutorial is narrated by dodgy-sounding synthesised speech, backed up by annotated diagrams. If you've only got one floppy drive, there’s plenty of disk swopping too. Budding synth designers may like to take a look though.
Available from: Your Choice PD, 39 Lambton Road, Manchester, M21 OZJ. Tel: 061 881 8994. Disk nos. ED071 atb+c. Price: £3.90 plus 70p P+P.
Applications compilation Anyone running a small business using PD software must have quite a job on their hands.
However, help has arrived in the shape ot the Small Business Super Pack, an expansive 10-disk collection ot PD utilities and applications.
On the menu tonight we have: Butler James (diary and planning tool), Biorhythm (biorhythm chart generator), Filemaster (tile handling utility). D Copy 3.1 (copier). Text Engine 3.0 (word processor). AZ Spell (spell checker), Forms Really Unlimited (torm designer), House Inventory (stock property list), Graphpaper (prints out graph paper), Kill AGA 2.0 (A12001A4000 degrader), Powerdata (database). Account Master (accounting), Amibase Pro (database), 600 Business Betters (examples), Amiga Fox (desktop publishing), Doc Dump (text utility), llinios
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You get all ot this lor .a tenner, which can’t be bad, even if some ot the programs are a bit on the shaky side when compared to their commercial counterparts.
Available from: GVB-PD, GV Broad Enterprises, 43 Badger Close, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2TE. Tel: 0831 649386.
Price: £10.00 including P+P. VFER circuit designer This must be a popular disk, as I’ve received about six or seven copies of it this month from various sources. It’s a CAD program, specifically written for designing circuit boards. Everything’s controlled trom the mouse, with a strip ol bold icons along the top of the screen.
You pick your components from the icon strip, and then lay them down on the circuit board below. Clicking on the resistor icon for example, lets you cycle through a number of variations on the standard resistor.
Diodes and other components also have multiple variants. There’s provision tor you to load in your custom component parts, there’s a useful zoom function and, ot course, you can print out your designs once they’re finished. A must lor all home electronics bods.
Available from: Immediate Arts PD, 26 Lyndhurst Gardens, Glasgow, G20 6QY. Tel: 041 946 5794, Price: Et.OO -J. J) including P+P.
COMPLIFIX SAMPLES sound samples You can never have enough samples. This two- disk collection ot IFF and RAW samples covers the usual range: brass, guitar, keyboards, orchestral and sound effects on disk one. With bass, drums, cymbals and synths on the second one. The quality varies from good to poor, but while I was skipping through the samples, I couldn't help cleaning them up and saving them back out again. Lesson: If you’re going to release a set of samples, you really do need to make sure that they sound crisp and pure. Alter all, most people can record samples, but what makes a collection
stand out trom the crowd is its quality and originality.
This could have been an impressive set ot sounds, and still might be - it you’re prepared to work a little with them.
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Dillon debates the idea ol movie-style censorsh computer games: will It really save humanity, or just sell more games to the wrong Peter Lee comes up with some neat tricks to get around any memory problems you may encounter whilst trying to animate in Dpaint AGA.
TUTORIAL Pete Lee's Mode AniM Color' Effect Pref Brush Melamorphmg control s tucked away here m the Brush pulldown menu sands a longer animation.
Secondly, len memory and restri tionf mayi- framesc changes It shed is reached.
Get even mode rmory and restr mes only to fine anges In them s didn't have enough memory to continue adding to tM animation trames. And I'd only created eight frames to start with. But I eventually found a way around the problem, which may save your bacon one day, so read on and follow the guide overleaf node tied, as full ¦he average A1200 comes with a whopping _ 2Mb of RAM. Well, it's [large when compared with ]te old standard Amiga con- ouration of 512K. But as Son as you try and animate hDPaint AGA, you wonder mere it's all disappeared to!
¦fRunning Dpaint from the Workbench in 256 colour low res mode, you’ll be il your frame count hits double figures. And n compressed storage mode. Select J storage and you're likely to get groans 3 you hit nine frames. Clearly this is not good s if your animation plans border on the epic.
From such a mem- animation no other option images tend to be converted to.;8 retain some degree of integrityiand ides the image unacceptab' are some neat tricks you cans the memory problem with 256f Is only in 10 frames or so. Firs ires when it comes to special morphing, tor example. Having a faster 680 processor on board, the At 200 can calculate at a faster rate than the former entry-le (A500,600 - and even my beefy even so, changing one image to eats up those CPU cycles.
LESS IS MORE What exactly can you do with all those AGA colours, and so few hints to to bear in mind : Firstly, when Dpaint stores compressed ani nations, it iust stores the changes between frames.
Pm brushes also eat into Bftumber ot actual anima- jate. Watch this, as you jjasonable number of Wpaint won't save a certain memory water- j the place, the storage But if you have one main 1 portions, you will get DPAINT TUTORIAL This example uses 256 colours in low res mode II uses Dpamt s Morphing leature in a strange Pul useful way I morphed a digilised image ol Claudette Colbert (a old movie star it you need to ask in such a way that it gave tire impression ol rolling down the screen - very much like a roller blind Here s a step by step guide on brush morphing using Claudette as an
example ©Cut out your starting brush In this case it was the whole digitised image ol Claudette ©From the Brush pull down menu select the Spare Brush Spnro command This stores the brush in memory ©You would normally select another brush now lor the transition ellect. But instead cut out a totally blank brush Irom the background tie the brush con tarns no colours other than the background! You can lorce Dpamt to create the special unrolling ellect we re alter ©From the Brush Spare menu select Metamorph You will tlren have to tell Dpamt how many cells tor mini frames) you want your stored brush
and current brush to change over We re working on an eight trame sequence so enter the ligure 7 This is because our first frame will be the original image which we used lor our initial brush P The program will create a new Anim brush lor you drawing il on screen as it progresses (quite slowly sometimes but have patience) When it's completed, your Amm brush will be available to pamt with And don t worry because your original screen will still be intact © Create seven blank animation frames by pulling down the Amm Frames set menu and enter 7 as the number ol Irames Pressing key 7 cydes through
the cells m the Amm brush, so you can ensure you re placing the first Amm brush image in the correct trame. So starling at Frame 1. With Amm brush cell 1.1 started to man ually paint down the cells Dpamt AGA advances the Amm brush a cell each time you paint a cell on screen Alter each cell painting, press key 2 to advance to the next animation Irame.
All hell broke loose when I got to Irame six I hit the insufficient memory problem which prevented me Irom completing the |Ob Dpamt refused to save changes to the frame, which would have meant abandoning the sequence when it was unfinished But there s a sneaky way to overcome this chal lenge I pasted down the remaining three Amm brush images on the same Wank Irame. And Irom the Amm Amm brush menu I then chose the Free option, to remove tire Amm brush Irom memory and so Iree up mote room lor the animation I then had to cut and paste tire three salvaged images into their respective Irames to
complete the animation, which was now possible because ot the RAM freed up by releasing the Amm brush I added the text and blind fittings as the last job The Amiga still had enough memory free to let me make a stencil and add the text behind my roller blind without painting over it Make every colour, except Wack part ol the protected stencil! I added the ring pull manually as a finishing touch And when ttie animation is played back, tire Wind rolls up to reveal tire text This effect will work with any mode or number ol colours and the clever thing is that Dpamts metairroTphtng does 80°o ol
the work' » NEXT MONTH In Ihe linal part ol this mini-series. Peler lakes you through a project guaranteed to show you how lo get the best ellects Irom your copy ot DP.irnt AGA. Plus a look at what's possible in the advanced HAM modes TUTORIAL THREE rial, (amines the ¦A morphing at image superimposition and full screen breakdown.
When you’re morphing with Dpaint AGA, you can use 256 colour images or simple line art - il all depends on your needs. This tutorial looks at both methods.
Color It your bniWi Isn't using ths same palette as Ihe mein picture, lores It 10 so with the colour'bruahremep option.
FULL FEATURES One of the great features of Dpaint AGA is the ability to morph full screens - memory allowing, of course. With this in mind it would be impossible to morph one 256 colour image into another over a dozen frames unless you had some RAM expansion.
But provided you confine yourself within the limits of your system, the basic 2Mb At 200 can do wonderful full-screen changes.
The morphing technique used by Dpaint pro- Ipgrammers is such that it actually works better the fewer colours you use, which makes it especially good for line art transitions.
The small full-screen demo below shows a really clever morph from an image to text. All of the lines which make up the picture can be seen to be moved into the correct position to spell out 1 the text. I don’t think a dedicated morphing package could have done better under the circumstances (ie leaving the software to work everything out for itself).
A BUSH IN THE HAND.. This is an example ol metamorphing with two brushes. II also pulls in Dpaints anti-alias lunclion as well as Ihe Trails lea- lure in Ihe aulomaled Move requester The Iwo images I chose, bolh 256 colour jobs, were ol an American Eagle and American ex-President George Bush is Ihe one with his mouth open Anyhow. Ihe lirsl job was lo ensure bolh images shared Ihe same palette. To do Ihis I cut out Ihe eagle. Irom its larger picture, then loaded in Mr Bush The eagle turned a lunny colour, so I asked Dpaint o try and compensate lot this - lo use whal colours were available in
Ihe Bush picture lo mimic Ihe bird's true colours. To do Ihis.
Pull down Ihe Colour,brush menu and select Remap.
Next, I created a 10-lrame animation consisting solely ol Ihe Bush picture This is easy - simply pull down the Anim Irames sel menu and enter ihe number ol Irames you want.
Your starling picture is copied lo all Ihe newly created Irames.
I transferred Ihe eagle into memory using Ihe technique outlined in step Iwo earlier, then cul oul a similar sized portion of George’s lace, and asked Dpaint lo melamorph the two.
Once the Anim brush was created (beautilully. I have to add) big head - ED), I activated Anti Alias, High from Ihe Effects menu, and called up Dpaint s move requester. The eyes ol the bird were too low down in Ihe linal cell ol the Anim brush, so I compensated lor this by entering 15 in the Y movement counter (this would move the Anim brush up slightly as il progressed, lo gel Ihe eyes better placed).
All that remained was to click on Trails Irom Ihe Move requester so that the Anim brush would be pasted over itsell as it was drawn on each ol the animation Irames This gives an evolving image ellect. And is more pleasing when used with the anti-alias control active.
The linished animation is really neat - not as good as dedicated morphing packages. I have to say - but a marvel ol Dpaint technology nonetheless.
¥ fmh CHAIN OF EVENTS mwJ Using Ihe cliche meUmorph which turns a bird Into an egg (with at least the nnvelty that this time that it's a duct egg...) let's use a simple esample to show how morphs can be chained.
Changing the bird and egg should be straightforward alter our earlier examples, so let's concentrate on the text.
The caption, which morphs along with the 9-frame animation, spells out ‘WHICH CAME FIRST?’ It's a good idea to write your text on Dpaint's spare screen, that way the colour palettes will be the same.
To achieve the multiple morph, I cut out the first word, copied H to Spare, then cut out the second word, and asked lor a metamorph over three cells.
I pasted these down on to the llrst three frames ol the animation, then cut out the second word again, copied this to Spare, then clipped the last word out and metamorphed the brushes.
Pasting this sequence down after the first set of 4 cells creates a chained animation, which Is completed when the last word and first word are treated in exactly the same way and .
Painted on the image.
‘FIRST?* morphs to WHICH’... and so oiP " Using this technique you can morph a have the memory of course. How about c| brother or sister together lor an animat j When played back WHICH’ morphs to CAME’, and CAME' morphs to ‘FIRST?’ And then all nmtrican all Riwerican all Klffcrican lean ncan muNG With nothing more than i Amiga, a video recorder and our coverdisk demo of Scala HVT, you can enter the desktop video scene with a bang. Jason Holborn is the man with the matches... It's a common misconception that in order to get started in desktop video, you need a bank account containing more
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Rest assured, however, that you don't need to re-mortgage your house to get started In desktop video. For the most basic of video systems all you need is an Amiga (this bit is very important), a video recorder, a video titling program and some good ideas. What's more, you may be surprised to learn that at least one of these items you already own - if you bought the February Issue of CU AMIGA. On If you will have found a demonstration copy of the brilliant Scala HVT (Home Video Titter) on our coverdisk Providing you've got the other three components, your home video setup is virtually
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For those of you that haven't yet loaded up the demo of Scala HVT, it's a powerful video titling and presentation program based on the excellent Scala MM300 multimedia system we reviewed in our last issue. With Scala HVT you can create fantastic video titles and other static displays in a fraction of the time that it would take even the most experienced Dpalnl dauber to knock up the same results In a paint program. What's more, you don’t even need to know a great deal about video titling to get to gnps with Scala HVT - just a basic idea of what looks good is all that is needed INTRODUCING
SCALA Now that you have a video recorder safely attached to the back of your Amiga, we re ready to get stuck into Scala HVT. The first step is to load up the Scala program, so double dick on the Scala icon and it should load up on to the memory of your machine. Whaf follows Is the first of a series of tutorials that will take you steadily through the Scala menu system. Hopefully, by the time you've read through them all. You should be a fairty proficient Scala user Without further ado then, let's get stuck in.
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Using Ihe RF oufpuf mokes ihe process of getting your VCR lo accept the signals from your Amiga somewhat more involved. This is becouse Ihe RF signal is output ot o lower frequency which keeps if completely separate horn normol TV signals, ihus you’ll need lo lune in one ol the spore channels on yout VCR so that it displays Ihe RF signol.
AMIGA TIMS may not be the most powerful video setup possible, but it s adequate lot simple video VIDEO TITLING Once Scala has been loaded, you should see a display consisting ot ten rows ot four columns of gadgets. This is the Scala HVTmain menu and each row of gadgets represents a single Scala event. Each column of gadgets controls a particular aspect ol the operation of the presentation - the first (labelled 'No.') simply displays the number of each page, Page Name displays the name of each page, Wipe defines which wipe pattern each screen is to be displayed in (more on these in a later
issuel) and the Pause gadget defines how long each page is to be displayed for. Don't worry too much about these gadgets for the meantime as their use will become obvious later.
In more advanced versions of Scala, a single event can consist of anything from a music module, a sound sample or even an external control event. In Scala HVT however, only one type of event is supported - pages. Each page contains a screen full ol video titles, and each page is played back in the order that they are displayed within the menu. As you will see later it is also possible to change the order of pages.
When Scala is first loaded, the main menu display should be empty. At this point you could load a Scala presentation from disk simply by selecting the Load Script gadget at the bottom of the screen. For the sake of this tutorial, however, we're going to create our own Scala presentation.
Before we can go any further, however, we need to start by creating our first page event. Click on the New gadget at the bottom of the screen and a file requester will appear prompting you to choose a background page. Scala HVT allows you to drop any pre-AGA or non-HAM image into a page as a background. We won’t worry to much about this too much for the moment though, so simply click on the OK gadget and the file requester should be skipped.
If you clicked on the OK gadget without selecting a background image, a requester should appear in the bottom third of the Scala screen which prompts you to select the screen mode of a new blank page. By default, this should be set to eight colour high resolution with no overscanning.
You can of course change this to suit your own needs - Scala fully supports all pre-AGA screen modes with the exception of HAM mode (HAM mode is rather useless lor video work). If you upgrade to a newer version of Scala, you’ll get full AGA support. For the sake of this tutorial, the default screen settings are fine, so simply click on the OK gadget.
SCALA HVT TITLINGt Shorn Brush Palette As if by magic, a completely new screen should appear consisting of a very tasteful blue screen in the top Iwo thirds of the display and a small toolbox consisting of lots of gadgets in the bottom third of the display. This is the Scala Page Editor and it’s from within this part of the program that you create all the pages that make up a Scala presentation. You should see at the top left hand corner of the screen an orange cursor - if you type something on the Amiga's keyboard, you should see the text appear on the screen at the current cursor
position.
Let's start then by entering the first line of titles.
What you type is entirely up to you, but if you want to follow this tutorial to the letter, enter SCALA HVT TITLING and press the RETURN key. When you press the Return key. The cursor should drop down to the next line and return to the left hand side ot the screen. If you've ever used a word processor, then this method of entering text will be all too familiar - Just like a word processor, you can edit your text simply by moving the cursor back up to the line you’ve just typed using the cursor keys on your Amiga's keyboard. For a more direct approach, you can also simply move the mouse
pointer over the text that you'd like to edit and then click the left mouse button. Once the cursor has been repositioned, you can then insert and delete characters in exactly the same way as you would in a word processor.
Now that we've entered some titles, let's make them look a bit more interesting. The first thing SCALA HVT TITLING!
Roncaetoac 44 4- * t i £ f Lagout shorn finish palette OK cancel Editing text is simple - either by moving the cursor using the cursor keys or the mouse.
We need to do is to centralise them on the screen. If the cursor isn't already over the titles, move it back up so that it sits on the same line as the titles and then click on the Centralise Text gadget (it's in the middle of the three gadgets immediately below Shadow). If all went well, the titles should then shift over to the centre of the screen. You can also move your titles to any vertical screen position by clicking on the Move gadget. When you click on this gadget, the Scala toolbox should disappear revealing the full page, complete with your line of titles.
If you then move the mouse pointer over your titles and click and hold the left mouse button, you can move your titles up and down the screen.
Note how the text remains horizontally fixed to the centre of the screen - if you turned Centralise Text off, however, Scala will allow you to reposition your titles anywhere on screen.
For now. However, move your titles down to the centre of the screen and then press the right mouse button to return to the normal editing mode.
We won't do anything else to this particular page 1 SCALA 5C ~T ScftLB HUT TITLING ¦ * lien Change load script Shorn Delete sauescnpi We Ben II you want to see how your Scala presentation Is looking so tar. Just click on Run.
For the meantime, so click on the OK gadget and a requester should pop up on to the screen asking you to name the page you’ve just created. By default, Scala uses the first line of titles as the page name. This can sometimes make your presentations a little vague, so you may want to delete the name that Scala automatically assigns it and give it one of your own.
Finally, click on the OK gadget and you'll return to the Scala main menu. If you look at the top of the screen, you should notice that the first row of gadgets will be highlighted with the Page Name gadget containing the title of the page that you've just created. This is Scala's way of telling you that your first page is safely stored away in
- its memory.
That’s about it for this month but if you wish to see your Scala presentation so far, click on the Run gadget. By now you should have grasped the basics of using Scala HVT but there are many more wondrous features of this program still to be covered in the next few issues.
NEXT MONTH I'll be showing you how lo seletl dilferenl fonts, how lo opply styles lo your titles ond we moy even find lime lo take o quick peek ol Sealer's impressive ronge ol wipes.
Sloy lunedl THE JlMf&ADOS problem soiver Resplendent in his promotional Guinness t-shirt, John Kennedy skims the froth off a few pint-sized Workbench problems and has some good ideas for bad icons.
This is the first of a series of tutorials where we aim to look at some of the more common problems with AmigaDOS. Hopefully, after reading through this lot, you’ll understand what is behind all those error messages which crop up with annoying regularity.
BOOTING AND ASSIGNS When you create an assign (a program telling the computer to look somewhere other than the expected place for a disk or volume), you are defining a new Amiga device, like a disk drive or a printer. As this device doesn’t actually exist you obviously can’t just build a real disk drive by magic, simply by typing it’s called a Logical Device, as opposed to a Physical Device’.
However, you can use an assign to save yourself a lot of typing at the shell. For example, imagine that you need to access a file that’s buried in a drawer, which, in turn, is also in a drawer. The overall path to the file could be something like: dfO:graphics pictures my-cat To save typing all the above every time you need to look at your cat, make the assign: assign libs: dfO:libs If you have a hard drive, the computer will usually boot from it. When this happens, the assigns are made to the directories on the hard disk, like this: assign s: hdO:s assign c: hdO:c assign devs: hdO:devs
assign libs: hdO:libs If hdO: is the bootable partition on the hard disk.
This may be different on your hardware and called dhO: or something similar.
To add assigns to the user-startup, open a shell and enter: ed s:user-startup Now you can enter some definitions, for example: assign graphics: hdO:art pictures assign sound: hdO:music sanples When you finished, press ESC and.then X to save your new user-startup.
Coverdisk which has the virus checker and enter the following at a shell prompt: dfOrlibs explode.library to libs: copy At last your exploding library problem will be solved, as the required library becomes a permanent part of your Amiga system.
TEXT AND DOC FILES Have you ever clicked on a ReadMe icon, only to find that instead of text, you get an error message?
I have and it is extremely irritating.
When a Doc file gets it right, double clicking should automatically load a text display program (such as More) and then have itself loaded and displayed. What happens is hidden from sight - all you know is that you clicked on a text file, and it appears on the screen in front of you.
However, as you would expect, nothing is so simple. The text program cannot appear on-screen by itself, it must have a viewing program. You can check the name of the viewing program which a particular document needs by using the info command from the Workbench. Highlight the icon with a single click, and then use information from the assign Fluffy: dfO:graphics pictures You have now created the logical device Fluffy: You can check that the assign is there by entering Assign at a shell by itself - a list of all the current assigns will appear and Fluffy: should be in there somewhere. Now
that I have created F accessing my-cat is a lot easier. The f( wS make a copy of the file in the F If there is a problem with the assign statements, they will disappear as soon as the power to the computer is removed. To ensure they are always present, you will have to add them to your start-up sequence. On Workbench 2, use the file S:user- startup to store all your important assigns. The user-startup file is automatically invoked by the real startup-sequence.
S: is an assign, but it’s rather a special one which the Amiga operating system has created lor itself. Along with LIBS:, DEVS:, C: and a few others, where S: actually points to depends on how the computer was started up.
When you boot your computer from a floppy disk, say the standard Workbench disk, these assigns all point to the relevant directories on the floppy disk. In effect, they are set like this: assign s: dfO:s assign c: dfO:c assign devs: dfO:devs EXPLODING LIBRARIES The way in which the assign definitions can vary depending on boot disk sometimes leads to a few problems. Take the classic 'expfode.library not found' enor message which usually occurs when a coverdisk program such as VirusChecker is run.
If the disk with the virus checker is used to boot the computer, everything will work fine. However, once the program is copied to another floppy or onto a hard disk, up pops the error.
Whafs going on? Well, the VirusChecker pro- gram requires a special software library to run, and it looks in the LIBS: directory to find it. As the floppy disk booted the computer, LIBS: is the libs directory on the floppy disk which will contain the library.
However, if the Amiga is booted from the hard
- ----1 the virus checker is run, it may fail. It will.
LIBS: for the library, but the LIBS: won't py, it will be looking on the s are that the correct library isn’t s hard disk (unless you copied it there) and so you can get an instant error message.
To stop this from happening, all you need to do is make sure that the library is in your hard drive libs directory. Boot from the hard drive, insert a Sometimes when an author puts a document in the public domain he or she forgets to change the F Unable to open your t
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Icon menu. You should then get a window. The text in the default tool box is the important part of this window. This is the name of the program which will be used to display the text, and if you don’t have it
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instead.
If the text is a raw, plain, ordinary text file (sometimes called an Ascii text file because all the letters and numbers conform to the American Standard Code for Information Interchange character set) then the text editor More will do fine. Every Amiga comes with More, usually lurking (without an icon of its own) in the Utilities drawer. The Utilities drawer is one of those drawers which the Amiga will search through for commands automatically, and so no path is needed.
Assuming you have a text file called Help.doc in the RAM: disk, to read it all you need do is open a shell and enter: CALL BOX BBS: DABBS SYSOP: Steve Dockor COMMENTS: AMIGA board. Sole Hex International site SPEEDS: 300 16.8HST TIMES: 24 Hours NUMBER: (0532) 39! 100 cppy dfOic PPffoze Co hdOiutiUties Once you have sorted a few icons out. You'll soon recognise Ihe tell-tale signs and what to expect If you have More and PPMore on your boot disk, you should be able to read just about anything.
PRETTY ICONS I must admit to hating the tedious orange and blue loons of Workbench 1.3 - they look so boring. I cant understand why more foil don't take advantage of the icon editor and backdrop preference to make more interesting displays.
I suppose, unless you have a hard drive and perhaps a little more memory than standard all the new con data can eat into your predoua resources However, if you have an A1200 with a hard drive you can finally ditch those boring colours Every icon on the Amiga can be altered, and that includes the floppy, hard and ram disk icons.
Editing the icon tor say, the preterences pnnter control is no problem: load if into the icon editor, draw all over it and save it back out.
Altering the icon for the hard and floppy drives isn't really a problem either, as each drive has a file called disk into in the root directory. Enter dir hdO (or dhO:| and amongst all the into files and drawers youII see it.
The only thing that could poss.ote go wron e 1 when experimenting with icons is a m x-up over their type An icon can be a project (like a taxi tile), a trashcan, a disk (hard, (loppy ot ram) or a tool (like a word processor) and if you save a project icon out as disk.info then tunny things might happen. This is why it’s best to load the original lean Into the editor and change that, rather than start Irom scratch.
Or catastrophic (destruction ol al fifes on a hard drive or damage to a commercial game) More electronic gossip from the anything-but- dumb terminal of cyberpunk John Armitage.
M Viruses - you can love 'em or loath 'em, but you can't ignore them In tact, if you love W em you must be completely mad as they mean nothing but trouble A vims is a small program with two objectives: one. To duplicate itself as often as possible, and two.
To perform a very nasty side-eftect. The side-eftects of a virus can be irritating (your mouse pointer turns into a hide shape), severe (unpredictable crashes) The best way to protect yourself is to keep a good piece of virus-checking software close at hand - preferably running all the time in the Workbench background. Unfortunately, keeping up-to-date with the latest killers has always been a hit or miss affair, depending on magazine coverdisks or Public Domain libraries. Now, however, Comms can come to the rescue.
You may have read about Sate Hex International in CU AMIGA before - they are a group of programmers and interested parties dedicated to eradicating the threat of Amiga vims programs. The DABBS bulletin board in Leeds has become the official system of Safe Hex International, which means anyone with a modem can log in and get the very latest software as soon as It is released.
LOGIN DABBS runs 7 days a week. 24 hours a day and is a board dedicated to the Amiga, Logging on is easy - answer a tew questions, pick a password and you are immediately granted access to most areas. Any modem will do, from a rather slow (but very cheap) 2400 baud to a top of the range rocket powered 16.8KHST. Once on-line, pressing X at the menu will bring you to the special SHI BBS. From where you can download the latest anti-vims software This IT'S MAGIC!
Although I would love to pretend otherwise, I'm not a terribly artistic person and I have to admit that the icons I use on my Workbench are all taken Irom some public domain and shareware disks. The most important addition to my set-up was trom a program called Magic Workbench.
Which adds incredibly snazzy new drawers and default Workbench icons. 17 Bit Software sell this disk at the moment and it is well worth having.
The Magic WB system includes an excellent font called XEN which manages to be readable and yet very compact I use It in every program I can to tit more text on-screen, as it looks so much better " r ropaz I have picked up other icons trom various disks, and re-coloured them to fit Into my standard 16-colour palette y to a good icon is small size (I nw d huge, duttenng icons) and icon must look like some- g useful or you'll never remember what it's tor.
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We started looking at shapes last month, Blitz Basic’s answer to AMOS' powerful Bobs (blitter objects). This month, we're ready to take the plunge into some coding.
As you may remember from last month’s issue.
Blitz Basic otters not one but three different methods of blitting shapes onto the screen: Blit, Qblit and Bblit. Each has its own individual strengths and weaknesses which we'll discuss in brief before moving on.
BUT This is BlitZs simplest blitting mode. Although it is very fast, it does not keep track of any shapes that are blitted onto the screen, so old shapes have to be manually removed. Blit mode doesn't keep track of the background bitmap either, so the area of the bitmap which a shape is drawn onto will be permanently destroyed.
QBUT Short for Queued Blit mode, Qblit keeps track of where shapes are drawn and will automatically remove the old shape image when a shape is moved. Once again, however, the background bitmap is not restored when the shape is moved.
This blitting mode is best used with a dual play- field display.
BBLIT Buffered Blit mode offers all the benefits of Qblit mode but with the added advantage of automatic background restoration whenever a shape is moved to a new screen position. However, although it is the best option available, Bblit mode is also the slowest mode.
QBIH mode la best suited to games that use a dual piayfleld display. Tna Is because the blitting commands do not restore the background graphics whenever a shape Is moved.
EVEN MORE NEW BLITZ COMMANDS Font, fontinfo = ASLFontRequest (Flags) It's been an exciting month in the wortd of 8fc Saw programming. Hof only has the latest issue of Arid Software's newsletter BUM (8te User Mogarine), finally arrived hit it has brought a brand new version of fifftz Basic 2 along with it. This update - version 1.7 should be of interest to onyone who Ikes to take odvontoge of Sftz's excellent support for Intuition, the Amiga's windowing environment, rather than the Blitz mode that we've been concentrating on over the |XBt few nwnths. Not only does Sift version 1.7 offer a
number of new display commands, but most interesting of all, there's full support for both GodTools and the Asl requester offered to Amiga programmers under Workbench 2.0 or above. Here's a quick run - through of the new ASL commands: filenames = ASLFileRequestS(Titles, PathS, DefFileSl,PatS)[,X,Y,W,H]) Site's file requester is o lot better Ihon the one offered by AMOS but it's sd not os good os Commodore’s which is buib into the Amiga operating system. With the odcktioa of the ASUileRequestf) Not surprisingly, the ASLFontRequestf) commend gives you full access to Commodore's capable font
requester which not only outomatkolly handles the complex font structures but even gives you the option of a preview. Which certainly beats asking the user to enter the name of the font, followed by the required point size and then hoping for the best!
The flogs parameter allows you to define what gadgets are mode available to the user when the font requester is displayed, eg: the pen number background colour, style etc. All of mis information is passed to the command in the form of a brtpottem, with each bit controlling a particular attribute. Bit one controls the pen attribute, bit two for the bockground bit four for the style, bit eight for the drawmode and bit 16 for the fixsize attribute. A value of three, for example, would tell the requester to turn on the pen and bockground colour control gadgets only (three = bit one+ Bit two).
Information on the selected font is returned in the form of a fontinfo structure.
With all those lovely new screen modes on offer, it's very hard to write on application that wiH look good on everyone's systems. Some people like their applications to run in PAL format, others in NTSC, while those lucky enough to own multisync monitors like to be able to take odvontoge of the AGA Scan doubling modes. With the addition of the ASLSaeenRequest() commond, however, you can odd on option into your software that wB allow the user lo choirae your program's screen mode if they so wish. Calling this command will bring up the standard Asl Screen mode requester like the one you see
when the ScreenMode Preferences program is run.
* Sc.Screeninfo = ASLScreenRequest(Flags) GETTING INTO SHAPE
Betore you can even think about drawing shapes onto a Blitz
screen, you need to start by either loading an existing shapes
file from disk or you must manually grab all the shapes you
need from a bitmap. Loading a shapes file is the simplest and
most straightforward method. The command that you'll need to
load a shapes file Into memory is called, not surprisingly,
LoadShapes and it has the following format.
» LoadShapes SHAPE I, LASTSHAPE] ,FILENAMES SHAPE The Shape parameter allows you to specify an offset (a numbered slot into which the shape will be loaded) when loading a shapes file into memory when there are already existing shapes. For example, if you were to simply pass a value of zero, the first shape loaded from disk would be shape 0 and any further shapes loaded from the file would have a shape number that followed on from this first shape. By specifying a shape offset, however, you can load shapes into memory without wiping existing shapes.
Say, for example, you had ten shapes in memory already numbered from 0 to nine and you wanted to load a further set of shapes into memory. You would therefore pass a value of ten Indicating that the first shape loaded from disk should be placed at position ten. Simple really.
LASTSHAPE This optional parameter allows you to restrict the number of shapes that are loaded into memory from a shapes file. Say, for example, you had a shapes file containing 20 shapes but you only wanted to load the first five - all you'd have to do is to pass a value of five and only the first five shapes would be loaded.
Add Sotlware's Blitz Bask! 2 offar* even the greenest ot beginners the opportunity to create games ot commercial quality.
FILENAMES Filename tells B ifz Basic the filename of your shapes file. Now that we've loaded our shapes into memory, we can start using them. You'll need to create a bitmap and a slice that is capable of displaying your shapes. Once this is done, however, you can blit your shapes onto the screen using one of the three blit modes available. BLIT mode isn't really of that much use if you want to move your shapes around the screen so we'll forget this for the moment and skip straight to QBLIT mode, possibly the most common blitting mode used by games programmers. Although QBLIT mode won't
automatically restore the background bitmap whenever a shape is moved. It Is still a lot faster than Blitz's drawing mode, BBLIT.
Qblit mode works by storing the co-ordinates of each shape that you blit onto the screen in what Blitz calls a queue. Before you can make use ol a queue, however, you need to create a Queue Object using the Imaginatively-named Queue command. Its format is as follows.
Queue QUEUENUMBER, MAXITEMS QUEUE NUMBERS The Queue Number parameter defines the identifier number of the queue which you want to use.
Using multiple queues can come in very handy when you wish to move a series of objects at different times.
MAXITEMS In order for the Queue command to allocate the required amount of RAM, Blitz needs to know exactly how many objects you wish the queue to keep track of. If you have 20 shapes, then you should pass a value of 20. With the queue now initialised, you can draw your shapes onto the screen using the Blitz’s Qblit command. Its format is as follows.
Qblit QUEUE, SHAPE, X, Y [.EXCESS] QUEUE Not surprisingly, the Queue parameter tells the Qblit command the number of the queue to use when storing the information on the shape being blitted. Remember that any queues that you use with the Qblit command must be initialised first with the Queue command. It's important to make sure that you don't try to store too many shapes into a queue either - if the queue is not large Before you can uu shapes wllhln your own programs, you * need to crooto a ahapaa lira by running an IFF Imaga containing tha snapa Imagoa through the Blitz Shapes editor.
Enough, then go back and increase its size.
SHAPE The Shape parameter tells Blrfz which shape the Qblit command should blit onto the screen.
X Y Not surprisingly, the X and Y parameters define where on the screen the shape is to be placed.
EXCESS The optional Excess parameter comes in handy when the shape that you are drawing uses less bitplanes than the bitmap it is being drawn into. If you tried to blit such an object into a bitmap that had more bitplanes than the shape itself, the shape's colours would be completely wrong. By making use of the Excess parameter, however, you can instruct Blitz to automatically turn on or off any spare bitplanes.
The Excess parameter should be fed to the Qblit command in the form of a bitpattern with each bit representing an on off value for the excess bitplanes.
Bit zero of the bitpattern will control the first excess bitplanes. Bit 1 the second excess bitplane and so on. Passing a value of zero will turn off all excess bitplanes. '~r,
• GADGTOOLS: A quick and easy method ol adding Intuition gadgets
to programs on the Amiga.
• Asl: This Is a library ol routines built into the Amiga's
operating system on Workbench 2 or better machines which
provides the programmer with a set ot standard requesters to
use within ttielr programs.
• BLIT: This refers to a single operation ol the Amiga’s blit
ter chip. II a shape is said to he blitted onto the screen,
this means that it has been drawn onto the screen by the
blitter rather than by copying bitmap data with the processor.
• 8LITPLANE: All Amiga screens are made up ol blitplanes.
Each blitplane extends Ihe number ol colours that a screen can display eg. A single bltplane screen can otter |ust two colours, an eight hitplane screen otters 256 colours.
NEXT MONTH Joson Holborn will be showing us how lo use the Qblil mode. So be prepored.
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Calculating strings and leFormal command, tor exam i a gadget on the screen that tile format tor loading images these are all tasks that even the most archaic programming language could do.
However. Arexx isn't just another programming language designed to add up program n which nd«zwous is rather gWW but what does is so special? It you've been k's Arexx column over the sqrfien you may remember d air toes Into the murky sti& a couple ot months back.
MHDg much ot jie same ScaleImage 320 256 ReduceColours 32 SaveFileFormaC "IFF" Save I mage "MylFF. IFF" Although the above script is simply a product ot my over active imagination, it does demonstrate beautiiully how an application can be controlled by an Arexx script. It you know your Arexx instruction set talrty well, then you'll already know that none of I'heodme UPPER DISK TOOLS «o|Jine Losstg important files an a disk that suddenly decides ta Mck the bucket can be veiy fnistiatin« bid I need mil be fcrtai. Ja ton Hotnm boks at a prig ram lb at promises to bring your files bock bail fbe
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lotted Nd dcnge medjtt is totally bl xk trd even ri lieee ttoye ol CD-ROMs, hi h powerful word ling? The answer lies in message ports.
Each and every application that is capable ot Aeing controlled tuARexx has its owiynessage “ Via VM'Me'9n’,rom a ,e‘eP''one network
- say; iafe-Aipie. You wanted to order a pma.
WW about what toppings JiiWl ifljr ne' a HAM. Oepperom and pineap- Iv t Wb ie phone number ol the of* ‘En con'pany If you didn't know the ;pt|r};i iHMlen you couldn’t just T ikidtM |fflfc!WraJect them to be on the otner end ot the line. Arexx is the same. In order lor Arexx to control an application, it needs to AMIGA W A R I X X ? Lock § Transparent ? Hide Contents ? Box Trane Text Hrep : ( )None (SiHldest Qrectangle Qleft Q Irregular Qright Text StandoFF MiTHiTM Qexclude Rotation Rng 1 e [Q | " heroins: I «Ft MIHIM lop Iflllllf Right Minima Bot. Iim niM Position: LaFt IwlMM Top limif return
value Is then checked lo see whelhel It contains a value ot zero - it il does, an errc* f message is displayed on the screen and ea-af-* tlon ot the script is terminated. It the returnlaliifc.
Sage port is available and therelore we can attempt to make the link with the Address command I've spent the last page or two hammering home the fact that you have to open a communications message port to an application before you can send it messages, now, I'm going to contradict mysell - you don’t always have to open the message port. This sounds silly, I know, but it is possible to issue host commands without opening the host message port first if the script Is run from within the host itself. When this happens, the Arexx program ceases to be an Arexx scrip!
And suddenly becomes an Arexx macro, j I-l Because the scnpt is run from within the apbircLJ tion itself, the host message port is already L know the name of the application's message port.
¦Onfie il knows this, it ttten attempts to establish a ¦ lirmAtMte dppltcakorfcso that it can control it i yr*CB|ls up S .ipc cation's phone number).
If it IS unable to establish a communications hnk (no one is at home - this usually happens because the program has not been loaded), then there’s little point in continuing with the script. If a link is made, however, (the application picks up the phone and talks to Arexx). Arexx can start sending it orders.
Just like a real telephone network, every possible recipient has It's own message port name which allows Arexx to distinguish between applications. So. Even il you had two image processing programs running simultaneously, the chances ol both applications having the same message port name is virtually nil, even if one was a direct rip-off of another. Below is a short list of the message port names of a lew of the more popular Arexx- compatible applications.
Program Manufacturer Port Name Scala MM200 Scala (UK) Ltd rexx_ScalaMM ADPro ASDG ADPro ProPage 4.0 Gold Disk PPAGEAREXX Final Writer Softwood FinalW.1 TypeSmith Solt Logic TYPESMITH Even il the documentation supplied with a particular application doesn't tell you the name of the message port assoaaled with that application, it s very easy to find out the message port name using the following short Arexx program. All it does is list every message port currently available.
Once you know the name of the message port for the application you wish to control, you need to establish a link belween your Arexx script and the application before you can start sending commands This needs to be done each and every time the script is run. The command to establish a communications link is called Address and it simply expects to be led the name of the message port enclosed with a set of single brackets (Address ADPro, for example).
It may not always be possible for Arexx to establish a communications link between Arexx and an application and therefore it's vitally important that you check to make sure that the link was successful before your script continues any further Unfortunately, the Address command doesn't actually provide any method of checking this and therelore you need to use an alternative method that makes use of the Show() function that we used earlier. Say, for example, you wanted to establish a link with a pod called CU AMIGA, but you wanted to make sure that the link was possible before proceeding.
You could use the following section of code.
* Check port demo • exists - Show (*P','CUAmiga') if exists =¦ 0 then do Say “Unable to find message port..." Exit End Address ’CUAmiga' Professional.
It is possible to communicate with AmigaDOS through a message pod too by making use ol the Command host. Say, for example, you wanted to launch an application from within your script (an Arexx-based menu program, for example) or just run a DOS command - all you’d have to do Is to open a communications message pod with AmigaDOS using the following line.
Addre j oronan Jt s wodfuioting that the cftj4 | bit do 6't navff a sit ot single quote iTmwilf surrdtnjlng it, unlike a normal message pod name. If you do add them, Arexx will be unable to access AmigaDOS. Once you've done this, you can run AmigaDOS commands simply by enclosing them within speech marks. Give this listing a whirl. JJ) * Contnand Demo • Address Comnand * List All Message Ports * Say “Message Ports " Say Show(Ports,,’Oa'x) Exit • rest of program...* This uses the Sbow() function to check whether a message port called CU AMIGA exists. If the port does exist, the Show()
function will return a value NEXT MONTH We pul all the theory we ve learned into pr by writing an Arexx script to control ADPro Desktop publishing was invented on the Macintosh. But this doesn’t mean that desktop publishing cannot be done to just as high a standard on an Amiga.
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Anti-aliased as Ihe monochrome sconnen do to achieve levels of grey.
It is worth remembering that if you have only the occasional need to scon images then a bureau should be able to do it for you. There are drawbacks, most notably transport™ the images belween Ihe bureou’s scanner and your Amiga because the file size of scanned images con become veiy large, much larger than will fit on to a floppy disk. Bureaus usually chorae about o tenner per scon, less for bulk orders.
If vour reguirements are not that exacting and the subject material is non-photographic, o monochrome hand scanner may suit your needs. These ore good for line oil, images like logos and cartoons, and although you con scan photographs with a monochrome scanner, don't expect the quality to be anywhere near as good as those you see in the magazine you ore reading now. There ore two good choices of mono scanner, the AkoDato Plus with the excellent Touch-Up software, or the PowerMono Scanner.
Quolily wise, colour hand scanners fall somewhere between the mono hand scanner ond the 24-bit flat bed. There are currently three options, with the lowest priced being the Powertobur, which is a 12-bil scanner. The results from it are not that different from the other two, the AfloCobt ond Miwoph's ColocBurst, which ore f 8-bit scanners. None of these wdl give you photo-reafetk results.
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A600 EXPANSION HERE THEY ARE FOLKS - THE Q&A TEAM .rra JOHN KENNEDY Joined to an Amiga at birth, what John doesn't know about the Amiga can fill a matchbox.
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1 MAT BROOMFIELD What Mat doesn't know about matchboxes can fill an Amiga - his fave machine.
+1 * * _ I want lo buy an A1200 and sell
* my A600. However, it's rumoured that M-Tec have
• accelerator boards called 68020i and 68030MMU tor the A600. Is
this true, and it so what kind ot speed increase will this give
me?
I own a Commodore 1084 colour monitor. It I buy an At 200 will this monitor be adequate7 I have heard that the A1200 supports tiicker-free interlace screens and that the 1084 does not - will this be the only problem?
T. S. Nielsen, Lang, Denmark.
It's Impossible to say how much taster the (rumoured) accelerator card would go because you don't mention the clock speed.
14MHz? 2SMHz? 33MHz? 50MHz? It makes a big difference, but even a 14MHz 68020 will run at least twice as fast as the A600.
As long as you don't use the new fllcker- Iree DoublePAL, DoubleNTSC, Super72 or Multlscan productivity screen modes the 1084 will continue to give a clear crisp Image.
CDTV REVELATIONS . N, In the February issue ot CU ~~B|h£0 AMIGA you said you couldn't sMIt upgrade a CDTV to Kickstart
2. 04. Well you can, but first you need to fit a switch to turn
oft the CD-ROM.
By the way, turning off the CD-ROM allows you to load a lot more programs than normal. In tact. Humans is the only incompatible game. The only down side to turning the CD-ROM drive off is that it disables the SCSI interface so you would have to turn it on again if you were going to fit a hard drive, John Alfred, Hyde, Cheshire.
What wa hoped to Imply in the February Issue of CU AMIGA was that you could fit tha 2.04 ROMS to a CDTV, but as they didn't Include the CD-ROM code there wasn't really much benefit. You might as well have bought an A600 or A500Plus.
Turning oft the CD-ROM drive can actually be done with software alone (check your local PD library for cdotland cdon written by Almathera guru Jolyon Ralph).
The CDTV doesn't come with a SCSI Interface as standard so I don't know how It could be switched off.
GIVE IT A BOOT
* Please, please help me. I have been trying for weeks and weeks
. Now to make a boot-block on a W’ffigrA * blank disk so I that
can make a ¦L-5* Of* stand-alone disk To attempt this I have
been following a guide from another magazine and have got to
the point where I have to use a small program called VILBM.
Can you tell me where I can find this?
Martin Bell, Stoke-on-Trent.
I know that it's easy to pick up other magazines by mistake, what with the covers all being Identical and everything (aheml). In fact, I've heard that certain other Amiga magazines are going to try a red cover as well to see If that will boost their flagging sales.
In the meantime. I'm not really sure what use VILBM will be to you. VILMB doesn't have anything to do with making a disk boot - It Is a utility to display pictures.
Here Is how to make a disk bootable. Boot trom your Workbench disk and format a fresh disk. Rename it "Brian", at least tor the moment. Open a shell and enter: Install brlan: return If you only have one floppy drive you'll need to enter the following first: resident c:lnstall return When this disk Is inserted, the Amiga will look for a file called startup-sequence In a directory called s. At the moment neither exist, so enter this at the shell: makedlr brlan:s To create the startup-sequence, use a text editor program like ed. Enter: ed brian:s startup-sequence Now you can enter the
commands you want the Amiga to execute when Is Is switched on.
If you do want a picture displayed, add something like: brlan vllbm myplcture.lff But you must remember to copy VILBM and your picture to the disk. Getting hold of VILBM Isn't difficult - It's In every PD library In the land. Ask your favourite library for a disk full of graphics utilities and you are bound to find It or one that's similar.
Workbench 2 comes with display and Workbench 3 with multiview which are more powerful. To use these programs make sura you have copied the LIBS: drawer to your new boot floppy.
HARD DONE BY ,m. As an owner of a CDTV I feel very hard done by. I bought my machine 12 months ago, with J* the promise ol more good things 10 come 101 ,he COTV scene Now we are told the CDTV is dead and the new CD32 is out: with lots of up-to-date games available. The only thing that's wrong is that you can't play them on a CDTV - does this mean there will not be any new games for the CDTV?
Don't get me wrong, I like my machine a lot, apart from its shortfall in memory. I've also heard that It's possible to switch off the drive to gel the memory back?
J. A. Davies, Barnstaple, North Devon.
Every machine will be superseded eventually, and the CDTV’s time came just a little to aoon.
However, there are a going number of compatible disks stuffed full with PD utilities and games, so It's wrong to say that the CDTV Is not supported any more.
As you'll have read In the previous letter, regaining the RAM taken by the CD-ROM drives Is possible without resorting to hardware.
DEGRADING EPISODE . Having replaced my trusty A500 €?o with a sparkling new A1200,1 find to my dismay that I can no v longer run my beloved Video M * Studio (v3). Moreover, the origi- nators, ZVP, have apparently put up the shutters.
I've tried Fakemem and Degrader, as well as Ihe two-button start-up menu suggested by Commodore but without success. Am I missing a trick somewhere, or have I really got to scrap the program?
W. W. Windsor, Winslow, Buckingham.
There comes a time when you have to give up, and I'm afraid that time is now. No matter what version of Kickstart your Amiga thinks It Is running, no matter what caches you have switched off, and no matter how fake your memory Is, some programs simply won't work on the A1200.
The problem is with the new AGA chipset.
Commodore have been telling programmers for years not to poke around but to follow the guidelines, and do they Ilsten7 No - well, not If they want to push the hardware that little bit further. In this case you'll have to give up.
It's not ail bad news though, there are new graphics and video programs coming on to the market all the time and most will not |ust support the AGA chips, they will also take full advantage of all the new modes. Search out a replacement, and let Video Studio finally rest in peace.
SEEDY CONNECTIONS
- r a » Afler wailing and wailing for a CD ROM add-on for my
A1200, and then finding out lhal il is not going lo be
available for a while, I went out and purchased the CD32
console instead - I'm very impatient, you see.
What I would like to know is, will it be possible to link the two machines together and if so, will my A1200 recognise and make use of both the CD drive and the extra 2Mb of RAM?
Also, if they can't be linked together will I be able to use demos, anims and games from one of the many PD CD collections on the CD32?
P. D Sprakes, Henlow, Beds.
Commodore upset a lot of people by announcing a CD add-on for the A1200 and then snatching it away. I suspect a lot of A1200 owners held back from buying a CD32 In case the drive appeared, and probably got so bored waiting that they bought something else instead (like a PC).
Anyway, yes it Is possible to network the CD32 and the A1200 together, but you will need to buy the forthcoming SXI. Indi (tel: 0543 419999) are taking orders tor them, and when I spoke to them promised availability by the time you read this.
When you have the SXI connected to the CD32, the PD program ParNet and a special cable is all that is needed. The A1200 can then access the CD-ROM drive and the 2Mb of RAM as though they were normal AmlgaOOS devices.
Also, many game and demo Cds will work on the CD32 already.
GOBBLEDYGOOK , a , I purchased a secondhand Epson MX100:111 for my son lo use with his Amiga 1200. On a self-test it prints periectly, but when connected to the Amiga using all the Epson drivers available it prints gobbledygook.
I have made a parallel lead using both manuals, but leaving the 5 volt line from the Amiga disconnected and altering the printer DIP switches to suit.
Whal's going on?
R. Carter, Canvey Island, Essex.
Looking at the print-out (In which about one letter In every 10 Is correct) I have to say that I suspect the cabling. Nothing personal, but are you sure every line is connected correctly? DO fo DO, D1 to D1 and so on? Is the wiring used actually up lo the job? Leaving out the 5 volt line was a very good thing to do - If you had left it in, the printer may have been damaged.
After spending many years as a students, forced to use homebrew printer cables, we know all about dodgy wiring. Believe me,‘E10 spent In Dixons on a proper lead is a real Investment In saving time, paper and tempers.
To discover exactly what Is wrong you will need to check your Amiga, your printer and your cable. Find a friend with another computer and printer (or visit your local computer club) and try connecting your printer to his computer.
Then connect his printer to your computer.
Then try again using your lead. This will help you trace the fault.
There are several pitfalls when buying printers second hand. Firstly, you can never be sure that the thing works unless you see it: a self-test Isn't good enough, as It only tests the print head and not the interface. Secondly, if you get an obscure piece of krt, you can bet that you’ll spend the rest of your life trying to track down a printer driver.
TOO FAST?
I own an Amiga A1200 with an inter- iVT A nal 120Mb hard drive. However, a few games, loaded from the hard drive don't work. The sound is good but the pictures are all mixed up.
What's going on?
Versmissen Thierry, Athus, Belgium and S. Ratcliff, Hollywood, Birmingham.
Apparently some hard drives can work too last for particular software and as a result some data gets corrupted as It Is read.
Search out the program called HDToolbox on your Workbench, and select the partition drive option. For each partition, click on the advanced options button and then click on the button marked change which will appear.
Find the box labelled MaxTransfer, it should read OxFFFFFF as a default setting. Change this so that It reads OxFFFF Instead and click on OK until you reach the first screen. Finally click on save changes to drive' and leave the program.
When you reboot, the new settings should come Into effect and with any luck your graphics will be fine.
OCTA-UNKING Can you tell me how to connect two Amigas together so the Ext.
Sync function of OctaMED will give me four more precious sound channels. What do I need? Where do I get it? And most importantly, how much? If this is possible,.
Would an A500+ be compatible with my pride and joy - my A1200 ol course.
Kevan Gordon, Travent, Scotland, This Is a good trick to get eight track audio: OctaMED can send and receive timing signals so that two Amigas will remain locked together.
I used to think this required a MIDI connection, with each Amiga fitted out with a MIDI Interface and leads. However, I’ve just discovered that you can do away with MIDI totally - you simply need a NULL modem cable - a simulated modem link which links two computers together without actually using a modem. It's the same sort ol lead that Is used to link Amigas when playing games such a Stunt Car Racer.
Connect the computers together in this way, and then select the MIDI options page in both copies ot OctaMED. Ensure kl|DI ACTIVE is on, then set SEND SYNC on one Amiga, and EXT SYNC and INPUT on the other. When you click on play on the first Amiga, the second will start at the same time. As this trick uses the serial port, It will work on any two Amigas. For more Information check out Sound Lab on page 172.
MY PERFECT COUSIN
- 1 am Quang from Norway and I am 15 years old. I own an A500 and
an A600.
However, my cousin has a clicking thing from an electric lighter which he clicked on my A500. He clicked on the mouse port and now my A500 is dead. The red light is on but then you put a disk in it doesn't do anything. Did he crash my A500? What's wrong? Is it a chip?
Nguyen Due Quang, Oslo, Norway.
Tut, tut. The old clicking thing ploy, eh? A clicking thing is actually a piezo electric static electricity generator. By quickly altering the shape of a piezo-electric crystal, a large electric potential is created and a spark jumps to a nearby earth.
In your case the nearby earth happened to be an A500's mouse port. Clicking this was a terribly unfortunate thing to do, as a gigantic voltage spike (several thousand volts) would have shot Into the Amiga’s chips, blowing them to smithereens. It's probably not one chip that’s broken, but all ot them.
This Is definitely a case where you should threaten to grass on your cousin unless he buys you a CD32. And take that damn cllcky thing oft him too before he breaks anything else.
C FOR YOURSELF I'm 14 years old and I would love to learn how to program the L®, Amiga. I've already dabbled with BASIC, but I'd rather learn a I* language which would be accepted by a software company it I ever decide to aim for a career in programming.
According to a reply to a letter in the January issue of CU AMIGA, the best language is C, however, I get the impression that it is only really
• suitable for programming serious applications.
Am I right in thinking this, or is it possible to program top games, such as Body Blows or Zoo 2 with C? Also, I've been looking at the prices of some C compilers. SAS C costs £250 and I can't afford that.
However, one of your rival magazine! Is ottering the full DICE C package including manual, compiler and all the necessary files tor £25. Is this a good quality C implementation?
M. Buckley, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
C Is an excellent language, and yes, you could use It to write top games. Modern C compilers produce code which is almost as quick as handwritten assembler - the fastest code possible.
Mote and more games companies will be moving towards C when they realise the time and money this cross-platform language can save.
Also, any real time critical code can be written in assembler and Included In the C program very easily.
- The DICE (Dillon’s Integrated C environment, a public domain C
compiler and nothing to do with our good Tony) system is
available from most good public domain libraries, so this could
be the most affordable way yet to program the Amiga.
Unfortunately, you must bear in mind that It takes a very long time to learn enough about C and the Amiga before you could write a game like Body Blows. For this reason I recommend that you try BlitzBaslc2 first. Blitz is based on BASIC but has some very advanced C-like features. Even better, It comes with lots ol routines for handing graphics and sound, routines which you would have to write yourself If you were using a C system.
QUESTION TIME Could you please answer a few simple questions for me?
1 ls my Am'9a 500+ outdated ';+ [- ¦ and worth flogging in the local paper? ••
2. Is it cheaper to buy an Amiga 1200 with a CD-ROM or a fully
expanded CD32?
3. Is there a trapdoor expansion on the CD32?
4. With the port Block tor the CD32, will I be able to use my
external disk drive?
5. What version ol Kickstart is in the CD32 and what version ol
Workbench does it need?
6. Will any ol the lamous programs like AMOS and Deluxe Paint AGA
be available on CD?
7. How long do Cds last?
8. Will an FMV module come out lor the A1200's CD-ROM?
9. Will the existing Amiga mouse work on a CD32?
10. Will MicroProse come out with a CO version ol Formula t GP7
11. What is the best Amiga alive?
12. Will It ever be possible to save on CD and II so would it be
called a CD BSD (Big Storage Disk)?
13. 1 have heard things about Amiga VR. Is this true and il so
when will it be available?
14. Is there going to be an AAAA chipset and il so would It have
more than 16.7 million colours?
15. Lastly, when are Commodore going to have transformers
built-in. Because at the moment I have a house brick missing
and I am using my transformer in its place.
Niki Ferrari. Stoke-on-Trent.
1. Yea, it la outdated, but flogging It la a bit extreme. A
aevere amack on the back of the lega ahould do.
2. At the moment there Is no official CD-ROM upgrade. It la
possible to add a CD-ROM player, but not one that will play
all CD32 games.
3. There la a port on the back for the addition of the FMV
module.
4. Eh? Run that by me again? It you ore referring to the
forthcoming CD32 expansion system, then yea - expansion floppy
disk drives la what It's for.
5. An enhanced version of Kickstart 3, as used In the A1200 and
A4000. With some extra code tor the CD-ROM device and
(allegedly) some support tor networking.
6. A very Interesting question. At the moment, only games and PD
software collections are released on CO but II the CD32
continues to sell strongly and other Amiga owners get Into
CD-ROM then serious software will happen - and the sooner the
better.
7. Years. I have a Genesis CD single from 1986 and It still works
fine.
8. It doesn't look as though there Is going to be a CD32
compatible CD-ROM add-on for the Amiga 1200, ao an FMV
cartridge Is unlikely.
9. It should, although what would you do with It?
10. It they have any sense.
11. There are no live Amlgas. Contrary to popular opinion, all
Amigaa are all Inanimate ob|ects.
12. It’s possible to save to CD at the moment, although the
special players that can do ao coat several thousand pounds.
Unfortunately, the manufactures missed the marketing
opportunity of a lifetime and called It Wrlteable CD-ROM and
not CD BSD.
13. You said you heard it, and I'm not going to call you a liar.
But It won’t happen.
14. There might well be an AAAA chipset, although Commodore might
have thought ol a better name by then. There is little point
In having more than 16.7 million colours, as the human eye
can't distinguish between any more.
15. Commodore will build transformers Into their computers when
every country decides to standardise their domestic
electricity supplies. I Ilka the big warm brick -1 can take
my shoes oft and keep my feet on top of It.
PCMCIACMIA... THINGY . V»*. I have an A600 with a Commodore 1Mb RAM expan sion. A second floppy drive and an 80Mb hard drive. I want to y upgrade my memory with the addition of a PCMCIA smart card.
But in the January Get Senous section of CU AMIGA you said that most trapdoor expansions disable anything plugged into the PCMCIA port. Does this include my 601 expansion?
David Eastwood, Huddersfield, West Yorks.
We had a quick word with Silica Systems (tel: 081 309 1111) who sell the Amltek PCMCIA memory cards, and they assured me that memory fitted to the trapdoor of the A600 won't be affected by memory fitted via the card slot. On the A1200 this doesn’t necessarily hold true, and will depend on exactly what you have stuck in the trapdoor.
However, I think the beat way to upgrade your memory would actually be to swap the A600 for an A1200. Not only will you then have 2Mb ot RAM as standard, but you'll get a great Increase in speed and the tabby AGA chipset. Your external floppy drive will continue to work with the A1200, and any good dealer ahould be able to take the hard drive trom the A600 end put it In the A1200 for you.
A2000 EXPANSION « » » * . 1 hav® 3 secondhand A2000 HD with Workbench 1.3. What is the a Best way to upgrade in the
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N. Luxford. Colney Heath, St Albans.
For a atari, get a Workbench 2 update pack with the new ROM, Workbench disks and manuals. I have spoken to various users who swear that Workbench 1.3 is great and heyl, we like orange and blue anyway.
Both Workbench 2 and 3 are a quantum leap away from 1.3 and you owe It yourself, N. Luxford, to upgrade to a more powerful and more stable environment.
As you are lucky enough to have an A2000 you therefore have lots of lovely Zorroll card slots and also a snazzy CPU and video expansion slot. Silica Systems (tel:081 309 1111) are selling a 68020 card rather cheaply and this will speed your computer up considerably, as well as adding some useful extra memory.
If you happen to be an eccentric millionaire, get a 68030 or 68040 expansion card and add a Picasso II video board.
NUTTY OVER NOTATION I'm getting into music on the Amiga, and I'm especially interested in the MIDI side ol things.
I've worked out that I need a MIDI sequencer program, but I'm afraid that they'll all be too complicated. I can read proper musical notation, so I really need a program that uses this. Am I asking too much?
Adam Priestly, Liverpool.
Of course you're not asking too much - the Amiga Is capable of almost anything. The best music sequencing program available (at the time of writing) Is without doubt Bars and Pipes Pro.
In fact, Bars and Pipes has recently won awards for being the beat sequencer on ANY computer, so I'm not alone In my thinking.
Like any powerful program It will take time to learn, but when you master Bars and Pipes you'll be extremely happy, and no matter how complicated your MIDI set-up It will keep pace.
Contrary to what I may have Indicated In the past, one ol the moat powerful features (and one of the beat hidden In the menus) la the musical notation section. Instead ot the usual coloured blob approach, real notes on real staves can be displayed.
You can also use guitar notation, chords, a mixture of notea and blobs (good for drum parts) and even add lyrlcs.The notation method used can vary from track to track, ao your keyboard parts can use a piano roll system and guitar parts can use proper guitar tabulator.
COMMS CONUNDRUM Hcan I use an external modem intended lor use with a PC with my Amiga A1200 and then simply use Ncomm? The reason I am asking is that the PC 14,400 baud modems seem to be cheaper than the ones advertised forthe Amiga.
J. S Smith, Wincobank, Sheffield.
The Amiga supports the same RS232 standard aerial port as the PC, so any external MODEM will work fine. No modem la manufactured especially for use with Amiga or the PC - they are designed to work with RS232.
The exceptions to this rule are the internal modems common in the PC world. These cardawill only In a PC (without going down the route of bridgeboards and PC emulators).
Ncomm is an excellent choice of software (but consider Term as well) and will work with any Comms hardware.
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I SYNCRONIZED AMIGAS One ol the best MIDI tricks you can perform with OctaMED is synchronising two Amigas This might seem like a bit of an expensive gimmick, txrt your second Amiga could be a standard 1 Mb A500.
Which, these days, you can pick up for as little as £150. The great advantage of hooking up two is that you double the amount ot sample channels available. Instead ol settling for the normal eight channel mode with Its reduced sound quality, by connecting two Amigas, you can have eight top- quality sample channels. Here's how it's done TO MIXER CONNECTING UP Hooking the two Amigas together is quite simple, but reler to the diagram it you get lost. Connect up each Amiga to the mains and TV monitor as usual, but leave the power oft tor now Plug your MIDI interfaces into the serial ports of the
Amigas. Plug the MIDI cable into the MIDI OUT port on your master Amiga, and plug the other end into the MIDI IN port on your slave Amiga.
Connect the audio outputs of your Amigas to the mixer. It your mixer has the facility, pan each ol the lour inputs to your prelerred stereo positions. In this case, make sure you keep any prominent bass sounds in the centre ol the stereo field.
Power-up both machines, boot them both with OctaMED. And you're off.
’ Ydien using more Ihon four track ovoid eyestrain by selecting eidier lour or eight maximum oiHcreen tracks. You sll keep die extra tracks, but youl need to scrd hor- nortoly with the cutsor keys lo access Ifte later ones. Older versions of OctaMED hove no four-track Smiter, but you can use die NOI6 button from die MISC panel lo view just eight at once. Whh OctaMED 5 you can use the DISPIAY MAX TRACKS option from the Settings menu.
• Hwvy MIDI usage sometimes leads to tniig delays, usualy when
there ore o lot of MIDI everts happening on die same Sne, often
fo Irt of the block To gel around dis, use the FF2 command on
nstrunerts M an not loo time sensitive (sudi as chords for
example). Putting Ms on the tne where die note is triggered w
delay I sbghlly. This helps avoid a logjam sNudion. And wfl go
untofcodflw used on die right sounds.
Funky stunts of MIDI trickery, including how to get eight top-quality sample tracks, are revealed in part three of Tony Horgan’s essential OctaMED 5 tutorial.
Take a look at the diagram, bottom left, to get some idea of what’s going on. You're going to be using a MIDI link between two Amigas. Both of which are running OctaMED, with one acting as the master' and the other as the 'slave'. You will use the slave machine as your second set of four sample tracks, and construct a song parallel to the main song on the master Amiga. When you hit PLAY SONG on the master Amiga, a message wil be sent to the slave Amiga telling it to play its own tune at the same time. The result is two perfectly synchronised OctaMED songs, which can then be led into a mixer
and combined into one eight channel soundtrack.
YOU WILL NKKD:
• Two Amigas.
Any Amiga wl do, but if your second Amiga N a 1.3 motfsne, romember youl need o vtraon of OctoMW rttaf doesn't requn a 2.04 operating system (sudt as OdtMD 3 for extmtgle). Different versions of OdaMfl) should be tdde to h* lo eadi other without any problem.
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Four channel mic mixers are i your Amigas wrfl be too loud far i Utree sols of stereo phono cables oc six mono phono cables.
' Your usual amplification system (hi-fi or suditkel.
You cauU gel around this problem by comedng bo* AMIGA ridsa outputs to a switch, ana view diem one ol a tmo hough die sane screen.
’Two Mm* Whether you're using OctaMED 5 or | a previous version, the options you need to set are the same, but are found in different places. On your master Amiga, you need to turn on the following’ options: MIDI ACTIVE and SEND SYNC. On the slave Amiga, set MIDI ACTIVE and I EXTERNAL SYNC. That should do it. Now you can build | your songs using up to eight samples simultaneously Remember, you don't need to use eight channel mode tor this - leave it in the normal four channel mode.
If you're using OctaMED 5, the above options are lound In the MIDI menu"1 For previous versions ot OctaMED, dick the 1 MIDI button from the top section, and dick the appropriate buttons on the MIDI panel.
Use the song control buttons on the master Amiga Whenever you dick PLAY SONG on the master, the slave will also start playing its song.
Similarly, when you hit STOP PLAYING on the master, both Amiga's will stop For playing single blocks, use the PLAY BLOCK button on the relevant Amiga. You'll only hear one block when you do this, as the PLAY BLOCK command is not transmitted down the MIDI cable.
When it comes to saving out your tiles, you will of have two files for each eight-channel song. If you’re using one Amiga with more memory than the other, you may end up with one song tile larger than the other, so it's a good idea to mark each tile with a note that teils you which Amiga it was created with (for example a MASTER or SLAVE extension on the filename). Next month, we’l figure out how to gc« the best trom a combined MIDI and sample- sequendng setup. © MIT lit it* Ispwt It tier m I newt ns Channel... Q | Sent Ell Sen.
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LETTER OF THE MONTH FINGER LICKING GOOD I hove pot pen lo paper becouse I ran no longer sit bade ond watch Amiga games players be the butt of jokes, aimed at them by their console owning friends.
Why ore AMIGA owners targets for such derision? Fire buttons, that's what.
Since the dawn of time, or at least the Atari 800 computers have had one fire button. But in this age of 32-bit computers and flashy consoles we should all be capable of coming up to date with Sega and Nintendo ond hove at least two or three independent fire buttons on our joysticks. Joypads are already available that ore compatible with the Amiga, but as Ihe software only supports one button joysticks at Ihe moment, only one will work.
So how do we go about getting games that work with 2 and 3 button joysticks? WeB, it's all up to Commodore. All of their new machines should come with one of these joysticks os standard. They don't cost much, so that’s not going lo add much lo the cost of a new Amiga. Okay it s no good if the software houses don't support them, but that's no excuse if they become standard eguipment.
But what about people who don't have a multi-button joystick? Three options ore open to them:-
1. Go into your little brother's bedroom and kick him off his
SEGA, nicking the joypad along Ihe way.
2. Beg your parents to buy you one for Christmas.
3. Or, on the option screen of the game you're ploying, select f
button joystick mode (remember to put this one in
programmers).
T. O.D.THfGUYS, Manchester.
I agree. We do need mote gomes that support more than a single firebutton. With the advent of the CD32, perhaps most AGA software will be written to accommodate the multi-button joypads. By the same stroke, why can't we have multi-button joysticks? I, for one, don't like using joypads ond would rather use something like a multi-button Konix Speedking.
A BIT OF FRIENDLY ADVICE Firstly, I'd like to thank you all tor seeming to be Amiga enthusiasts - it's nice to know that a leading Amiga magazine isn't run by a load ot businessmen.
However, if you are real Amiga enthusiasts, then prove it by switching to the Amiga to produce CU AMIGA when Pagestream 3 is released. After, having received an information pack from Soft- Logik, I see that Pagestream 3 has pround 60 features (including unlimited undo redo) that aren't present in QuarkXPress (some ot which would no doubt enhance your already near-perfect design).
With the superior multi-tasking bevelled Workbench 3 operating system (which far outperforms System 7) and the blinding speed of the Amiga 4000,1 suggest switching to the Amiga.
I respect the fact that the manager of EMAP Images wouldn’t want to dump his beloved Macs (even though Pagestream 3 on the Amiga is the best DTP package available) but get the message across nicely and beg (if necessary) to use the superior Amiga - you'll get your way in the end!
Imagine a network of Amiga 4000s all linked to each other, all running the premier desktop publisher. Okay, I realise the Mac's childish operating system and one-button mouse may have a certain charm, but seeing that CU AMIGA is always ahead of the rest, wouldn't using Amiga 4000s and Pagestream 3 give CU that little extra boost over its competitors.
Nathan White, Walsall.
Its an interesting idea, but with all the money invested In our Macintosh set up (CU AMIGA isn't the only magazine EMAP Images produces!), there is no way Lord Emap would want to shell out tor more equipment. I totally agree with you, though, Pagestream 3 Is super.
FEELING DOOMY Where Is it? Why haven't we got it? I’m talking about the most kick-ass, kickbutt, headbutt, kick everything game there is, and it's taking the PC world by storm. I'm talking Doom. Don't tell me none ot you have played it. I've never experienced a game as awesome. It's probably the closest thing to VR, short of a headset. I'm fortunate enough to use a 486 66 at work and Doom plays so smoothly on it. That it begs the question: "Who needs a 64-bit Jaguar for fast 3D environments?"
' The ability to run anywhere, in any direction and see the texture-mapped walls and floors fly by is incredible to see. The layouts of each level are so imaginative, and the sheer size of each level is just awesome. It's streets ahead ot anything I've seen on the Amiga. Surely the At 200 with its 020 processor and specialised graphic handling could run something like Doom just as smoothly. PC games like Comanche, Doom and Frontier all have texture mapping. This makes PC games look a whole lot more desirable than Amiga games. Why didn't the Amiga version of Frontier have texture mapping for
accelerated machines?
I notice the SNES is about to have Woltenstein, Doom's forerunner. This means . Games of the Doom genre are convertible but will Doom ever be released on the Amiga? The CD32 Our gomes editor sobs Baker's Doctor Wto. Th a never got the job.
Could it be that his brow was too manly, his jaw too square?
No, ifs because he 'b* insisted that his con- A trad had no strings attached-so the whole deal collapsed.
TEAM TALK The CU AMIGA team have been totally obsessed with the Oscars this month - so you’re lucky to be have a magazine at all.
Because of this they’ve decided to share their own dreams of screen stardom with you.
USA - Metd ruler wielder and newly-promoled (after many threats) deputy editor, lisa Coins has always fancied being Purdy from Ihe Avengers-and she has the right qualifications too. Not onlv is she long of leg, she also regularly wears twelve ixh stiBettoes and executes expert high kicks.
TONY D Our games editor is obsessed with being Tom Baker’s Doctor Wio. The scarf, the hair end : I room with holes n the walls were what really attracted him to it and, let's (ace it, since Tony is no stranger visits from the siyle police in real 6fe I would suit the role admirably.
AMIGA WORK has Ihe chunky lo planar chip lo aid in PC conversions. Surely this would help in converting Doom.
I wouldn't be at all surprised it Doom is the real reason Dan Slingsby left CU AMIGA to join a PC magazine.
Mark Fox, High Wycombe.
I know this is going to be hard tor most people to swallow, but Doom Isn't coming out on the Amiga. With the exception ot the A4000, there isn’t a machine that could run It.
Yes, It Is a superb game, but only possible because ot the PC's direct screen addressing.
ID say they have no interest in creating an Amiga version, so unless you know some way of persuading them, It isn't going to happen.
COME UPSTAIRS?
May I begin by congratulating you and your delightful colleagues on producing such a marvellous publication. Each month I wait eagerly for your magazine to hit the news stands, and a few days before publication I can hardly sleep at night due to the anticipation your magazine arouses in me. (OO-er - Ed.)
However, there is one thing that has always puzzled me as I sit fondling the keys and slipping things into the parallel port of my beloved Amiga.
No, it’s not how do I get my printer to print properly, and its not that some of the keys on my keyboard seem reversed, but something much more basic than that. It might be nearly as stupid a question as those mentioned above but I have never seen the answer printed in your illustrious pages before.
MAT Mat said that he never wanted to be anybody on TV. We can only take this to mean | that the had higher aspirations, maybe he really wonted to be the test card or, even better, the little white dot that comes on when the TV is over. He’s strange- our Mat.
JOHN KENNEDY John Kennedy was heavily influenced by Blake's Seven in his youth, which perhaps tlains his obsession h techy things, and his rather strange fetish for flashing Mils in shiny boxes.
It also explains his love of tight nylon boiler suits, covered in glitter!
WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE ’CU’ IN CU AMIGA STAND FOR OR MEAN?
Clement 'Herman' P., Highbury.
Anyone who has been reading the magazine since the days of the C64 will know instantly what CU stands for. Many years ago, this fine tome went under the name of Commodore User, which became shortened once the 64 was out of the picture.
CANADA DRY I've finally had a glimpse of the CD32 with the FMV module. I was knocked off my feet! It was playing Star Trek 6 and the sharpness of the picture and the smooth animation was certainly stunning. I feel lucky that I've seen it because I'm probably one of the few people in my city who are actually going to see it. Commodore used to be a major company in Canada. Now it has nearly been forgotten. For instance, I mentioned to someone at school that I had a Commodore Amiga, and the fool thought that Commodore's flagship was still the C64!
Everyone here thinks that the word ‘computer’ is generally a synonym of 'IBM F*C'I I picked up a newspaper, and on the back page was an ad for a 'Commodore'. I thought to myself "Ah! The Big C is finally going to make a comeback!". Then I read the small print. It read “Commodore personal computers are now 100% DOS compatible' and beside that remark was the 'Intel Inside' logo.
I felt as though Commodore were traitors.
On a final note, Tony, I like your hair. Anyone who calls you 'El Hairy' is getting a visit from me!!
Adrian Carlyle, Winnipeg, Canada.
I can't really comment on Commodore's position In Canada, but It the World Ot Commodore show In Toronto is anything to go by, the Big C Is most definitely making a comeback. Thanks for your hair support, by the way. (Cut It Tony- Ed) RIPPING US OFF!
After reading your March issue of CU AMIGA, in particular the Backchat section, I felt I had to write. I am directing my comments to Mr Clague of Wirral, who wrote about the music industry overcharging for Cds etc. I feel that I must write and say that consumers should wake up and smell the roses. The prices of goods that we see on our shelves are entirely relative. They are only worth as much as we are willing to pay for them.
How many times have you seen the outrageous statement in adverts and magazines declaring that; 'Due to popular demand’ or, 'Due to incredible success' or, Due to advances in technology', we can now offer our products at an amazing, new, lower price. Does anyone believe them?
You would have to be completely out of your mind to lower the price of your product when it is .
Supposedly doing so well. Companies only lower TONY HORGAN Our assistant technical editor has been judged insane for admitting that when he was five ¦ years old he wanted I to be Gary Gstter, I after seeing him singing on Top of the Pops. And what song did Tony sing into his hairbrush microphone? "I love, you love". Sad but true.
Prices when stocks aren't selling. Which brings me on to the real reason I’m writing. Recently, there has been an investigation into the overpricing of video games. My question is; how can you investigate video games for over pricing and not other products with massive profit margins? A can of Coke costs about 5p to make and is around 50p to buy. A pint of lager 10p to make and £1.80 to buy. My point is that the only way consumers can make companies drop their prices is to not buy their products. The next time Mr Clague feels like objecting to the prices of what are essentially unnecessary
luxuries, he should look around his local supermarket and take on a few more rip-off merchants. That should keep him busy!
Alison Klerk, London.
Er, yes - Indeedy! Then again paying 50p for a can of Coke doesn't leave nearly as big a dent in your pocket as the crater left by a £49.99 cartridge. Does It?
AH! THE GOOD OLD DAYS I've been reading CU AMIGA for years and.
Although I threw oft the shackles of using my machine as a games only computer years ago. I felt that I had to ask; “Where have all the shoot 'em ups gone?'. It was only a few years ago that fabulous arcade games were being released on Commodore's machines. Games like Project X and Mien Breed could rival anything the consoles had to offer. So what's happened?
Pat McCormack, Dublin.
Well, the team responsible for the two Amiga classics you've mentioned are Team 17 and they've only just released another two brilliant games In Body Blows Galactic and Allen Breed 2.
We know what you mean.
Arcade quality shoot 'em ups are very thin on the ground these days, with most companies committed to bringing out all ot their racy stuff on consoles.
However, the CD 32 should be getting It's own share of arcade conversions very soon with Mad Dog McCree and possibly Lethal Enforcers being converted.
For now, check out the Impressively priced and pretty looking Stardust tor £16.99. This month 0u6 Coll takes a detour out of ftiese fair sles tf ours and out into the heart of Kenya. Rishi D. Shah begged us lo ponl the following message, so here if is.
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You are are now not allowed to buy certain games Well, perhaps things aren't quite that bad yet, but the recent voluntary classification system brought in by ELSPA (European Leisure Software Publishers Association) is definitely a major step towards that situation. From this month on, all games will have to carry a 'Monitor Man' sticker, which will offer As computer graphics get better, and tastes become more extreme, censorship rears its head in the software industry this month.
Tony Dillon wonders if it’s really what the doctor ordered.
--p -v-t- suitability guidelines to its potential audience Parents have always been concerned about computer games and the amount of time kids spend playing them, worried that behind the glare ot the screen lies a den of filth, pornography and explicit violence ITS true that graphic and programming techniques are i improving and games themselves seem to be getting more and more explicit in tf'®1' *•pteUon o' violence.
Mortal Kombat. Tor ¦¦ .ww . In8iance. Includes scenes where a person's Sfkne is npped away from their body, ft would now seem that the software houses 1 need some ’ kind ot legal ’ safeguard r against law- 5 from ’ distressed par rents. Whose [ children may be negatively influenced by the [ level of violence in some games.
Don't get me wrong. I’m all for mature or 'adult' games, and by adult' I don't automatically mean pornographic But there are a lot of I people who want more than James Pond to entertain them. If they didn't, why would horror I films sell so well?
However, as computer entertainment now f reaches a far larger audience than it ever did before, there needs to be some distinction between a family game and something for mature gainers, but are the monitor man stickers really the right way to go about it?
IS THIS THE ANSWER?
There are some major stumbling blocks with age classification. The first, and most obvious, is that a higher age rating automatically makes it more tempting tor younger gamers to try and get hold ot the over 18 games. Alter all, torbidden fruit always tastes the sweetest This is something that software publishers will be more than aware ol, so there will always be the temptation to stick the odd splash ot blood in to up the rating.
Remember, the playgrounds of this world are full ol young adults always looking lor the coolest' games to own. And this certification could be just the thing to identify them.
There is another down side to labelling What happens to the more family-oriented games?
Take something like Robocod from Millennium, for instance. It could never be classitied as anything other than Universal - For All Ages, and as a result it might lose out against Covergirl Strip Poker, which is nowhere near as entertaining, nor will it keep you playing for as long Yet due to its content, will receive at least a 15 rating. Will software houses feel obliged to create more adult games, just to keep their sales high enough?
Look at the video rental industry, where age classification often seems to be ignored by stores, or Is, at least, too difficult to enforce. When I was at school, I can clearly remember ribald tales of late-night gore films and graphic discussions on the contents ot someone's intestines Even now. If you offer a fifteen-year-old the choice between Disney's Aladdin and a cheap US horror flick, which do you think he would want to see? And which film will be more acceptable to his peers? A lot ol things will influence his decision. And sadly the actual quality of the film seems to rank quite low.
OPTIONS?
So what is the alternative? There is really only one
- a legally enforceable categonsation scheme and integrity on the
part of the shopkeeper Let s have two categories only; fifteen
and over and below fifteen. I only choose fifteen because
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rated movie at the cinema. Also, let's keep the two in
completely different sections ol the shop.
Most importantly, let's not allow younger players to buy the games that aren't in their range, even it they do claim that 'It s for my dad".
We can't ban adult games - there are a lot of adults who want to play them But we do need to split the market to protect the young from exploitation.
There is nothing wrong with being an adult, or having adult interests, so let's sort this out before any game with an 18 rating gets a 'top shelf, under the counter, flasher's mac' stigma attached to It. 'Sj CU AMIGA would Bee lo stress tfot views expressed in Ports Of Yiew do nol necessarily refled the hews of the mogarine.
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