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sinking oul on tvs own with Jaguar Software Consultants. He's the man responsible lor coding Global GLadMors (and Virgin's planned September release ol the lovely Mega Drive platlormer Cool Spot), and I asked him if he’d jus! gone straight lor a port ol Ihe MD version with Amiga Global Gla&akxs 'Basically I tned to copy ihe Mega Onve game as laigiousiy as possible, but in some ol the laier levels ihera are an awful lot ol enemies on screen, and the Amiga couldn't really cope with those and the Mega Onve's paraiiaxng backgrounds and stii maintain a decent speed, so we had lo replace Ihe backdrops with a simpler graduated colour lint Any plans lo go lor an A1200 version with Ihe backgrounds intact’ 'Not that anyone's told me about, but at least wSh Cool Spot the game's not quite so Iasi, so I should gel the backdrops in no bother' Something to look forward to there most assuredly Anything else you'd like to tell us. John’ iGtobai Giaekucrs is also a bit unique in lhal it's only got one boss al the end ol the game, but there's plenty of ordinary meanies lo make up lor Ooh. thanks Verdict so far: The sooang's a be or the disconcertingly ierky side at the moment (John's promising improvements on that, though), but otherwise this is a rollicking, exlraordmanfy last-moving, platform blasl-and-a-half There's action aplenty (you rarely gel lo go more then a couple ol feet without being assailed by some nashes. and I like that in a game), and it gels really pretty by about the lourih Of the 12 levels (lour worlds with three sub-levels each). It looks like it's going lo be a bit on the smart side • STUART CAMPBELL
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We show you what a great time you missed by not going to Amiga Format Live, and probe deeply into Commodore's corporate psyche for news of the Amiga CD console. And some other stuff.
1 jP THE GALLUP 13 CHARTS
They're the charts! They're by Gallup! They're the Gallup charts! I'm sorry, but I can't be bothered thinking of a new joke.
1 THE SHAPE OF
I O THINGS TO COME
I mean, do any of you really appreciate the time and effort we put into this mag Do you know how hard it is to come up with great stuff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
HX SPEND MONEY!
No. of course you don't. Oh. you might think it's easy, but just you try it.
A 7 WIN SOME 4/ FABBY PRIZES!
Sure, anybody can come up with the odd good gag, but 100 plus pages of 'em every single month And information and relevant opinion on top of it all You don't know when you're born, you kids.
A Q THE WORST 40 GAMES EVER
But anyway. Urn, in the Preview section, we've got Second Samurai, The Settlers. Stardust and lots more great stuff.
51 DIARY OF A I GAME
Sorry, I'm going to have to try to catch up now. There's a great FREE GAME offer on the subscription pages - don't miss it!
M COMPLETE CONTROL
And back on page 48. we ask some software industry types what THEY think was the very worst game ol all time.
/II THE SECRET OX GARDEN
Oh God. I'm never going to manage it.
a A DO THE WRITE V THING
Tips! KGB! Lionheart! Classified ads from the readers in The Secret Garden! Dave Golder's PD column on page 84! Help!
THE RIGHT PROFILE
Maybe if I just skip a few bits, nobody'll notice Jon Hare's on page 98. I'm off...
G A IVIES OF THE
THE LOST VIKINGS
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BATTLE ISLE '93
Or 'The Ancient Art Of War On An Alien Moon’.
THE ANCIENT ART OF WAR IN THE SKIES
Blimey, what a long title, missus.
ABANDONED PLACES 2
...Stirling Albion 0.1 haven't done that gag In ages Sorry.
ABSOLUTE POWER 2 -THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL
It's back! Aargh! You wouldn't believe how much we've grown to hate this feature since some bright spark first suggested it after a heavy night down the pub. Despite devoting some 25 Count 'em! 25!) pages to It first time round, we still managed lo miss a whole slew of games out. so we've given you, the readers, another eight pages this month to till In the blanks. Together, they'll provide you with the most definitive guide ever to every Amiga game there is. We think. Page 88.
THE SECRET GARDEN P62
You asked for it, so we gave it to you. Two (count 'em!) pages of classllieds from you, the readers, to swap and sell each other your games, machines and caring companionship In a harsh and lonely world. Heart-warming, eh
STUART WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY: fired «m end m«. Nil el Mil. dun and chew JACQUIE WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY: trfi M M cMhtt oeti on <w noses:
TIM WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY: Aratyoo.x non an oyster
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GAMES RATED IN EVERY ISSUE!
Sadly, nol a game starring the little orange plasticine dude.
The only thing Super' about this Is. er... oh. Nothing at all.
REVIEWED THIS ISSUE
Abandoned Place* 2-38
Ancient Art Of War ate —32
Back Bldae .....BS
Battla 1*1* -83-34
Champ'ehip Manager 83 -71 Last Viking* ...28
Morph .- 34
Reach For The Skies 44
Bully's Sporting Darts*
Lotu* Turbo Challenge 2 -74
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Fighting PfArriors —
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ED FOR A DAY P86
Ot course, we couldn't just let the readers write us eight pages without giving out some kind of a reward, and we couldn't think of anything more rewarding than letting someone spend an entire day with us, the near-legendary AP team. Lawrence Slnderson. Absolute Power's cleverest omission-spotter (honestly, he got hundreds of ’em) got to edit AMIGA POWER for a day. If you turn to page 86 right now (although we wouldn't advise it because you'd miss an awful lot of really good stuff), you can see how he did.
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i wouldn't be at all surprised if “*» i c viewed »<jiuc games neat month. But which ones It's so difficult tn rhoose Uayhewe would uu ones which were ah about fishing, or possibly horses, or (Snip! - Ed)
DAVE WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY: tm utvn wd Mtm»i bard ot torn USA WOULD JUST UKE TO SAY: to -jm unworn i <w« Mr »dcy. /bxw
In an effort to promote more loving social interaction amongst our readership, this month AP is deeply happy to present you with a coverdisk just crammed with games that you can play with other real human beings. Ring your chums now and invite them over, get some tea and biscuits ready, and stand by to have a good time.
Top boys Hudson Soft come up with an absolute corker. One complete special level of our new favourite platform game.
Continuing our life-long crusade to give you the kind ot stuff you actually ask for on coverdisks, we re proud to bring you this EXCLUSIVE shareware football-related card-playing classic.
Two-player dogfighting larks and japery at their finest in this conversion of practically the world's first ever arcade game.
Unfeasibly groovy four-player light cycles game. Look, just give it a try, alright You never know, you might just turn out to like it in the end. What's to lose
GOT A FAULTY DISK
• Oh no! Arc you cure Before you go any further, try the procedure* described In the panel over the page. If, after all that, you do have dlek problem*, aimply place It In an envelope, Hong with an SAE and an eiplanalory letter, and return It NOT TO THE AP OFFICE but to: AMIGA POWER Dlek Return* 27. DlaCopy Lab* PO Bo* 21. Daventry NN11 SBU. NOT here to AP. It'a not that we don't care, but...
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YOUR DISK AND YOU
READ THIS BIT FIRST OB NO-ONI WIU TAKE ANY NOTICE OP YOU WHIN YOU SAY THAT YOUR DISK DOESN'T WORK.
• Yot Joe! and Premier Picks ire one men only We think. And you might need to run Tengle from the Workbench (mm right).
• To load any ol the games, all you have to do It switch off your machine, Insert the disk, and switch your machine back on again.
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• Remember to keep the disk you are playing your game from In the drive at all limes. And remember -switching the machine oft lor 20 seconds or so before loading a new program will help prevent disks being infected by stray viruses.
• Have a good lime,
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• We re really hoping that you're reading this bit. because It's quite Important: please don't send your disks to us at the AMIGA POWER office. We really don't know how lo fix dodgy disks. We've tried, we really have, but not very hard. So send it OiaCopy Labs. Please.
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AS you've probably noticed by now we love Hudson Soli, so when we heard about this platformer, we cotdd barefy con tan our excitement Now it's here, and it looks like they haven I lei us down - not only does Vo'Joe1 look like being the best ptatlormer in yonks bul a s even got a simultaneous two player mode lo» extra lun and larks We've got a lovely big level lor you (and a pal. o< course) lo run around si and gel Ihe tee of Ihe thing, and
we think that when you do. you'll be joining us dime queue down ihe shops to buy the lull game when ii gets teleased al the start of Augusi
TELL ME. TEll ME - WHAT’S GOING ON
Oh come on, how much explanation do you want It's a platform game isn't If’ You run around you kill bed guys you coled goodies and you look lor hidden
things In this demo, all you have ic do is gel lo Ihe end oi ihe level (a pomi helplulty indicated by a b«g End Of Demo' sign), bul lor addilional entenainrnem you should also fry lo cdeel all ihe treasure that's secreted around the level in btg chests and hidden compartments in the floors and waits Plenty ol kicking and punching should see you nght Anything else you can I work out lor yourself
Game: Vo! Joe! Authors: Scipio
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Game: Premier Picks Author: Tim
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shareware programmer, we were very happy bunnies this month when a copy ol Tim Biacklock s Premier Picks dropped through our letterbox A card game set at the all-new and totally exciting FA Premier League, it ought to be gust the thing to keep all you looty-lovers oul there happy through the close season U s simplicity itseft to play, so without further ado let's tell you ust how to do it
IUST HOW TO DO IT
First up. choose your teams Premier Picks ealers lor up to 22 (count 'em1) players, one lot each of the learns in the real Premier League And don't panic if you're Scottish or Welsh or Albanian, either - you can change the names of any or all ol the
sides Now you can customise some oI the other aspects of the game (number of points tor a win. number ol games in a season etc - we recommend not playing too many matches per season at first, or the game'll lake you ages to play to the end) and whether you want to get a sneak preview ol some ol the game's cards before each match which is a handy little memory-aid feature Now start the game
PLAYING THE GAME
The basic idea is very simple - you have to uncover Goal' cards to score goals and win Ihe match Vou and your opponent (computer or human) take turns to pick a card trom the pitch', revealing one ol eight different types It's all preity sell explanatory stuff (and even if it isn't, the little bar across the bottom ol the screen explains it all pretty wel), so we won't go mio detail here, save 10 explain the Penalty'
cards which m hl seem a smidgen confusing al first It you turn over a Penalty’ card, you get three seconds to try and click on a Goal' card - what this means is you Should click the mouse on as many ol ihe unturned cards as possible but nothing will appear lo happen unless one of ihem contains a goal. SO don t panic and bank it's not working And that's iusl about it. really - gust load the cksk. play the game and have some tun No. at the same lime, you dots
I'm sure you've all seen a hundred l>ghl cycles games betore. but I deubi very much if you've seen one as entertaining as t s Why7 Because it's a tour-player bght cycles game that's why We've had a nght oM chuckle this month crowding round an Amiga playing the and sneakily poking each other m the nbs with our elbows al the same lime (there's been a bit ol a tense atmosphere in the office this
month without Linda to smooth over the. er. 'anti-sooal' aspects ol our dangerously unstable personalities), and now you too can simulate that leetenng-on-lhe-precipiceol-a-psychofic-murder spree feel
To run this game it you've gol an A500 Plus or an A600. bool your Amiga with your normal Workbench disk, insert ihe cover disk and doubte-dick on it. then double-click on the Tangle icon, and you're away
Wel. is Space Wat
really, isn't 1I7 Fans ol the veteran corn-op wll need no introduction lo this extra-terrestrial doglighl, and everybody else. well, jusl isn't getting one Work it out, why dontcha7
Response to shareware on AP coverdlsks has been pretty disappointing In Ihe past -seems most ol you are either too dumb lo know good games when you see Ihem. or too stingy to lork out a couple of quid In appreciation to the author, but we re giving you one last chance. Another crap showing and we won t bother getting you any more nice exclusive games like this, 10 be warned. It you play Premier Picks and like It we respectfully request that you bung a liver In the direction of:
Tim Biacklock 127 Bents Road Ecctesall Sheffield S11 9RH
In return lor this generous-but-only-lslr-really act. Tim will send you a copy ol his spiffing Dari Machine, a copy ol his Mined Over Matter game, and any updates ol Premier Picks which may very well be forthcoming. If you like the game but DON7 send Tim any cash, we'll firstly request that you do so slightly less respectfully, then well be downright rude about It, and then finally we II come round to your house and kick your lace In.
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CD CONSOLE RUMOURS ♦ DEFINITE PRICE CUTS
All the veracity you’ll ever need - delicately wrapped in four pages at the start of the mag. Later, we’ll be rounding up all the games news. But now, here’s the latest on Amiga Format Live, Commodore price cuts and the hotly-rumoured Amiga console-beater. With a CD in it.
AMIGA CD-ROM CONSOLE: WHAT'S GOING ON
The Amiga game* industry la currently all a-buza with red-hot rumours. The word' among the wise Is that Commodore are planning to release, probably In time lor this Christmas, an Amiga-based CO console machine.
The company themselves, ol course, are remaining typically mute on the matter, but that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone - remember the months ol hype leadng up to the launches ol Ihe A500 Plus. Ihe A600 and Ihe A12CXP Ol course you don't -Commodore just sloped them out with almost no pre-publictty whatsoever, and it doesn't seem too tar letched to imagine that they'd do exactly the same with the rumoured new machine There is one due. though - just before he lelt the company last month, then-MD Kelly Sumner was interviewed by our sister magazine, Amiga Formal, who asked him 4. m the wake ol the COTV disaster (less than 30.000 sales so tar). Commodore
would be giving up the CO market Sumner replied "Absolutely not We wilt /Mire new products (our italics] and we II be fighting vigorously to maintain a large share of that market, and I honestly think that we will achieve that" Ooh. what a giveaway Probably So what else is there to the story'’ Wei. nothing whatsoever m the way ol hard lacts. but a bit ol oM-the-record. no-names-no-pack-dnll industry probing suggested to us that ri and when the Amiga CO console happens, a sub-£250 price point would be Ihe likeliest, and that would include a software bundle in which the names Sensible Soccer. Lemrungs 2 and Psygnosrs’ long-awaited Microcosm came up suspiciously often m our conversations with lop' industry' people' Is ii an true Is any ol it true7 We. Irankiy. don't know. But it's worth thinking about. Isn'l a And there IS one other thing that's definitely happening
AMIGA PRICES BUTCHERED!
This, of course, could quite easily be Interpreted as ■ pre-console-lsunch sat-up - after all, It could look a bit bad If Commodore released a CD machine which was cheaper than a bog-standard A6O0, couldn't it To that (or possibly some other) end. then, the RflP ol Ihe stand-alone A600 has been slashed by a staggering 33%, from £299 to £199 (like all the other
cuts, the new price is effective as at now). The A6O0 Wild, Weird and Wicked pack gets similarly hammered, with the RBP ol that going down. down, down Irom £349 to uat £229, and Ihe A600HD Epic pack plunging from a painful £499 to a positively daring £349. The final sweetener comes with the A1200, whose RBP remains unchanged at £399. but
now comes with a new trade-in ofter that reduces that price by £100 If you part-exchange any (working)
A500 or A500 Plus. And since mail-order companies are practically certain to cut these prices even further In the very near future. H looks like there's never been a better time to buy an Amiga. Which can only be good news lor all of us.
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Dateline: May 1993. Amiga Format decided to go 'live' at Wembley Exhibition Centre. And AMIGA POWER was there too - in full effect.
Blimey, over 12.000 people visited the Amiga Format Live show, and practically every single one of them seemed to ask us when Frontier or Goal.'were coming out. We patiently told them we didn't know, and tried to reward anyone who talked to us with some freebies.
Anyway. Ihe numerous ex hi Mors were Iasi seen dashmg to deposit their takings m the bank, while many a visitor pul their backs out as they staggered home under ihe sheer weight of goodies, so consumer happiness leigned supreme
There weren't many new products bemg showcased, but wtial bargains -Body Blows and The Chaos Engine tor under twenty quid each, though Desert Slnke sold out completely on ihe first day1 Manning Ihe AP Arcade nearly killed us. but apparently November’s Future Entertainment Show is going to make this one lock like a picnic Blimey
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AMIGA POWER JULY 1993
AMIGA POWER JULY 1993
REALMS OF DARKNESS ALTERNATIVE BUDGETS
OVERDRIVE * REMOTE CONTROL JOYSTICKS + KELLY SUMNER
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What's that You don't like rote-playing games Well, never mind, you'll still be able lo enjoy Realms Of Darkness, the new, er, rote-playing game on it* way tram Grandalam. From the took* ol thing*, It'* going to have a rampaging horde ol exciting feature*. Including Intelligent character*, detailed conversation*, sophisticated magic, realistic weather, a 'mutilating landscape' (whatever that may be), and. of course, the usual aub-Tolklen plot justification ("Without flesh, the Necromancer's body was
lost In the vortex of oblivion..." etc etc). But wtiat'll really set Realms apart Is Ihe wide range of game viewpoints, from the arcade-adventure horlionlal angle lo the attractive Populous slyle Isometric view of the gameworid. But remember. It's not a god aim, II'* an RPG. Though It won't matter If you don't like RPGs. Or If you do. Bring a torch
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Th« Blue Alpha Remote - It’s an ultrasonic remote-control device that you can usa with any Joystick. One bit plugs Into your Amiga, the other plugs Into your lave Joystick, and then you can play your favourite games from up to five metres away. The complete set-up costs £35, and can transmit up to 30,000 Joystick movements per secend. And If you can move your stick faster than that, Blue Alpha and, prasumably, Roy and Norris from ‘The Record Breakers1) would very much like to hear from you.
The Children's Range Is a brand-new selection of budgie games out soon from Alternative Software. For just eight quid, you or a young friend can grab yoursell one ol Hucklaborry Hound, Thomas The Tank Engine 2 - The Race, or Pixie And Dixie, all of which feature the appropriate cartoon characters engaged In their very own brands ol humorous japery. But II you have cast aside childish things, you might ba more tempted by Bully'a Sporting Darts (CQ.0&), or perhaps you'd like to hang on till mid-summer, when Alternative will be letting rip with Hulk Hogmn'a Suburban Commando and Alio Alio. “Don't let the licence fool you," they warn about the latter. Let's hope they're right.
THERE GOES THE SUMNER
Kelly Sumner has left his position ol Managing Diractor at Commodore UK and has Joinad the US publisher Gametek Inc as their European Managing Director. So, what dltfaranca will this make to the average Amiga ewner in tha streat Well, not a lot, admittedly, but we Just thought you might like to know, that's all.
Summer's here, and what could be nicer than cruising down the local high street in Ihe driving seal of your mum s car Well, for a start, how about racing down the very same street at hugely illegal speeds in a selection ot high-performance roadsters Yes. dangerous driving is the name of the game In Team 17'* overhead-view mulll-scrotling Overdrive, ready for release In July.
The game promises four different type* ol vehicles (each with their own I handling characteristics) and terrains in live equally delicious flavours: Formula One.
■ Mountain Track. City eircuil. Dirt track and 4-
by-4 Arena. Controversially, they've decided ,gajnsi having two players compete on the same computer screen - it you want to race I against a friend Overdrive-style, you'll need another Amiga and a serial cable lo join the ■ two machines together
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Like them or loathe them, you can't deny that Team 17 have already produced some Alien Breed garnet - and what's more, they fully Intend to produce another one. Alien Breed2(which Is whal It'll be called, title collectors) will be bigger, better, faster, and massively shooller than the original. There'll be more weapons, hostages to rescue, and a 'shocking twist to the plot" - according to the press release. Team 17 want players to become so absorbed in the game that they neglect essential bodily lunctiona like eating
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But that'a not all from the Yorkshire-based demo-coders-lurned-games programmers, oh no. An enhanced version' at the chart-lopping Body Blows has been shipping since April 27th. which runs a bit taster and haa belter giaphica and a few other Tweaks' too. If you've got Ihe earlier veralon. you can gel Ihe new one far utt £2.50 -just send Ihe money and your Body Blows Disk One 10 Team 17 and they'll sod you out Quite literally.
And while we're on Ihe subject of cheaper and Improved versions, let s not overlook the revised editions ol Profacl-X and Assassin, out soon on budget and more playable than ever. Especially Project-X. Ahem From the sound* of things, Team 17 will be going absolutely budget-release bonkers with a whole load ol cheapo games over the summer, including a Bubble flobble-slyle platformer, a Formula One race game and several arcade blasters Cancel that holiday now.
and m “full Medieval musical score”, whlla T«nsj/ i vision af lh« world attar a nuclaar holocaust includai “eight-way scrolling parallaa backdrops" and an "extremely larga play araa". Both should soon ba oozing atmosphere a go-go on an Amiga naar you real soon.
Tha hot news from Titus is lhat Crazy Cara 3 vated Number Tan in our rocent All.Time Top 100) It flatting ra-launchad as LmmborQhlnl World C/iaflanga. Tha tarted-up version should be available in September, closely followed In October by Super Blues flroffiers Juke Box Advmniurmu.
There haven't been many 48-leval Amiga platform games based around the crazy world ot International cordon bleu cookery. But that's cartalnly going to changs with this autumn's rataasa ot Pierre Le Chef Irom those wags el Mlndscape.
In the game, Pierre tours the world, pulling together his daring delicacies - as chats are wont to da. To this end. He must capture and contain Ihe Ingredients ha
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From the same programmers who broughl you Vroom comes Formula One Champions, due for release this August. It sounds like It's going lo have all the usual racing Huff, with the added bonus of a two-player
split-screen mode - which, at tar aa we*ra aware, la a rsattlrst lot a t -lt
Formula On* game.
But on the other hand. If your mates ore mysteriously out' when you cell round lor them, you can always race against some ol the moat advanced artificially Intelligent drivers ever programmed (well, that'a whal It says here). In the realism stakes, it's going to have a whole bunch of World Championship f “i5ir « circuits and ‘Is sat to be every bit as fast and slick as Ihe real thing.*
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With 48 levels, sis countries (each with their own cuisine and music), secret levels, unique power*upa and over 1,000 frames of ’humorous animation’, it sure sounds liko a cute platform romp-a rami to us. But there are still questions to be answered. Like: why doesn't Pierre Just try using a Iridge Instead of this complicatad arrangement with tha cage Hopefully, all will be answered In September. Stay hungry!
AMIGA POWER JULY 1993
AMIGA ROWER RECOMMENDS + IN THE STYLE OF + COMPLETE CONTROL HOTLINE
After a sudden glut of fantastic software last month, things have calmed down a bit. But hey - there's still some fab stuff out there.
WORLDS OF LEGEND
'It's a massive improvement on Kick Oft 2' said our very own Tim Tucker Iasi month Although. lo be strictly Ian. he didn'i say it about this Worlds O Legends a sequel, not to Legends 01 Valour or Legend Of Kyranda. but to Legend It a. to be honest, much the same as the ongmai, but since that was one ol our lave HPGs ol all time, that's no bad thing II you've never experienced the Legend. er. experience Ihen you'd probably be better off rearing to the and ol this column belore parting with your money, but this new version is stJ an excellent game and rt’d be very naughty ol us lo say any different
'it's a massive improvement on Kick Oft 2‘ said our very own Tm Tucker last month, but not at the same time as he was reviewing this Nippon Sales <a an icon-driven graphic adventure, and even tnandber to play than Monkey Island and its imitators it s a lot less linear too. thanks to the three entirety different characters you can control and their dtlenrg ways ol gettmg to the and ol the game In fad, this is practicaAy three adventures n one. and every one ol them is a corker with a Ime kne in tricky puzzles and beaufiful cartoony graphics The humour, er. loses a bit m translation, but don't let that put you Oh
GRAHAM GOOCH CRICKET
'It's a massrve improvemenl on Kick Off sa<l our very own Tim Tucker last month and ha was gating a bit closer by this point, smca this is a sporty game with bails and lots ol grass in it SatJy (but not unexpededty) Graham Gooch And Hts Ama/mg World Class Cricket ts aduaily a cncket game, but that s ust about the only flaw we could find - it's easy lo play, last-moving (grven the subiect mailer] and. according to reviewer Tim Noms. vary accurate loo. m that England lose all the time We get a lot ol letters asking tricky questions aboul Amiga cncket games, and now at last wa ve got an answer
Yes, wall, hopefully you've got the message by now Dmo OmTs latest improves massively on his two previous ebons, without losing whatever it was that attracted ail the deranged lunatics who liked them n the tirst place Very identifiably Kick OH 3 in all but court junction, ft s a game that this time you actually play, rather than one that you just gape at and wonder (I there's any pomi to you having a joystick in your hand Options abound, and jusi about anyone will be able to gel to grips with this one way or another. It still doesn't match the already-legendary Sensible Soccer in our book, but it's not hall bad Kick Otf Ians will adore it
'It's a massive improvement on Kick Oil 2,' said our very own (ftgni (her s enough Just tea them that this rs the onfpnat Legend game re-reteasedon budget, it’s a labubus ftPG. and it you haven I got it you'd be wet! advised to buy it right now. cenanty before you nsk twice as much money on the sequel Not that there's anything wrong with the sequel, but I think mo ve covered that point more than adequately already Actually, don t bother You're tired - Ed)
IN THE STYLE OF
Vup, It's back again, the ever-popular part ol a page where well-known games and characters are subjected to unique (and surprising) artistic re-lnterprelation. Only this lime (Ironically), it's in a new and exciting formal. And a different place In the magazine. In a way. 1 guess you could say that we ve redesigned In The Style Of In the style ol... something else. Clever wording, I know. Cheers The other thing youl notice is that these new In The Style Of s are sent in by you, the leaders We ve decided to start doing this because you ve started sending them in Anyway, this month's endeavour comes Irom Russell Elder, who appears lo be 131 years old Or maybe that's his house number Who knows Russell was wondenng what the lemmings (Irom out ol the game Lemmings) would look like In The Style Of a number ol different films Weil, wonder no longer Russel, because you've gone and drawn some ol them, using DPamt3 And here they are1
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Game: Second Samurai Publisher: Psygnosis Authors: Raffaele Cecco, Teoman Irmak. Ashley Cairns, Brian Marshall. Mevlut Dine ETA: TBA
Briefly: The loaow up to First Samurai The creator speaks: Vivid Image’s Mev Dine came dawn to sunny Bath to show me the game and tell me some details First: the inevitable question how does it 4ffet from the excellent Frst Samurai5 "With the fust game we led the levels were tar too big and took about hail an hour to complete W th this game we've split the levels into sections, which makes it easier to get on and gives the player a sense ol achievement We II be using access codes, or a similar system, to enable players to come back and play horn where they left oil
There's also a more linear leel to ihis game There are stil tots oi putties to solve, but they re not essential to finishing the game, which means you can come back later and have a crack at
the hidden stuff Cosmettally, the mam spnte's been changed he's luily doihed and slightly bigger, has more Irames. more moves and his rusting moves have been improved as wv I Technically we ve pushed the Amga to its limns with this one to make it look like a console game You know, lots ot big movements and sprites and stuff
Wa ve packed n lots ol b<g opponents with plenty ol variation Many ot the enemies could m tact be end-ol level monsters you II think you've tmished a level and there II be more commg at you. There s also a lot ot stages to killing things - it's not just a case at s number ol shots end then s's over, but at the same lime they re not impossible to kil I don't like games where you're forced to rush in All the end ol level baddies take a while to kill, but you can take it at your own pace *
A state drayoe wilk
ejaa tad purple facial hair.
Hidden levels and bonuses1 'Yeah, il you find the bonuses they add 10 your eapenence points, and a percentage bar shows how much ol the game you've actually explored There's a diflerem end-ol game sequence depending on how much you've seen There are also loads ot sub-games, including a rather rally Asteroids clone.
"We've made the opponents more meractive loo There are objects you can pack up and carry which help you gel 10 certam pieces, and which are useful later on m the game There are some baddies that you can toll, but they can also be used 10 help gel you through the game Put simply, there's a hell ol a lot to discover' Mev look me through what they'd got and there was masses to see. so what else needs dong "We haven t fully populated the land map yet, and there's one more complete level lo do We'ie adding things all the lime, so it's going lo be a big game m total'
Verdict so far: There was so much in Mev's demo that we ddn't have lime lo sea it a« - so you should certainly gel your money's worth with this one It looks hke a complete stunner, with tons ol vanalcn on the usual standard platlarm romp Unless something goes horribly wrong, this II be definitely worth saving your pennies tor • TtU TUCKER
Troubled irtitt Viaccal «a« n Co k lived in J ho UK
Game: The 1 . <"7
Publisher: , ,
Blue Byte I
Authors: jiL I
Volker Wertig. -*4 -Christoph Werner. ' ' , Thomas Hertzler, Christoph Werner. Haiko Ruttman
ETA: Mid Oclober
hardware and limit the map sue and population according to processor power Without stowing down the A500 will be able io handle 8.000 men pet kingdom" BJrmey - a! this on three disks, eh But that's what you gel (torn 18 months ol intensive development The a*n ot promoting this population exptaswn is to expand your borders, and at some point you I come into conflict with one ol the other three tribes, one oi when can be controlled by another player Thomas
again: 'We re planning v _ on having 64 j/ • * -» pre-designed
maps, with the difficulty increasing On the early levels, the player has tots ol money, but as you progress, you have lewer resources, and the computer opponents get closer and closer, so the lighting starts much soonet * Eek1
Oh no. wo re running out ot space, and I haven'1 even mentioned the way ai ot the contusing statistics are displayed m a bntoanlty simple way. or the possibility ot a two-computer link-14), or Verdict: 1 reckon this game's gong to be so big. mi have to shop at High & Mighty to find trousers that'll lit it The version we ve seen only features one kingdom and even without all that conquenng and killing business, it's k still a hugely absorbing game Unless “» Blue Byte suddenly lose then sanity and turn ih«s inio a vertically y scrolkng shool-’emup. Ihis s gcxng rt to be one ol the biggest, most
sought-after games ot the year And j I'd stake Tim's reputahon as a >J loumaiist on dial J’ • MARK WINSTANLCY
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dotted around the terrain Everything inside Ihese posts is your ternlory, and you can place buddtng silos anywhere in iha area Nothing much happens unu you make a path Irom The castle to the site, and then teams ol little men get to work, carrying wood and stone and siartmg to build belore your very r
eyes Ah hough the castle's ,
initially stocked with wood. metal, lood and other essentials. 1 j yotd slocks are quickly depleted. v so dependng on what you're running oifl ot. you have to .
budd sawmills, fishermen's mm d£r huts or (arms If you get _ 1
it nghl and supply A
tood (or the tarm 1%JT
animals and 1
wood lor building and metal lor tods then n no time at all you can have thousands ol little men scurrying all over the place - literally
The game supports as many as 65 536 oeople living in the computer, but since there are lour competing tubes m ihe game, you only have control ot a mawmum ot 16 384 men It the computer has a 16 MHz 68020 (which rs a Standard A1200 or bigger) then the processor has no problem handing all ot this.’ Thomas reckons The Inal verson ol the program w»: test the
Briefly: Set «i a sort ot lairy-tato.
meoeval. mythcal setting. The Settlers is
sort ot Populous meets t,emmngs meets
A-Trar meets Premier Manager meets
Cmkiabon meets Sm City meets er.
meets tots at other things Oh dear, we re
gong to have problems with this one, I
can tea Take * away, you Teutonc-type
programmer people, you
The creators speak: German,
but also impeccable English, which is a
great help as the only German word I
know is Kugelschreiber Designer and
producer Thomas Hertz tor turned up on
my doorstop with a stunningly
impressive demo version ol
the game handcutted to ms
wnst tor extra security I
asked him lust what ihe
‘Aspiration was behind
the game "We planned
10 create an economy
*muiai>on without •
bemg bonng The
simulation is very deep
but the players won 1 Imd 4
drffeuit to understand
Everything is visual - you can see all the
men dong their jobs lor example *
You certaoily can The game starts with you placing a casiie on the map, wtxdi creates a cneto ot border posts
Tha cjuIc'i Hit etntre at yonr awn nltroMiu, bn colonial upiBiiofl diptfldi on bnldlny Ihinsi and kilties people.
Back in Iha two-pinyar iMdt, and lefty's adnirlRy hix howa but, while nybiy <b«bi ika lanaia.
Tha frontier ipinl pitvaili ha>« ea iha border. It tom bnild a jarrtfon km, than Iba lint* calx' ayes things balsa outwards-
Iri that two player split-screen thins, with iba yuy oa tka loti checkin) oat tkt let tit Halt oa, ar, yomctklaj or olkar, bat doataT H look tan
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seriously hampered r Ns attempts to show us later levels by the way we kept wrenching the joystick out o< his hands to have another go He d be saying ‘I will show you the tunnel section now' and we'd be saying 'No you won't, give me thal thing so I can loll that Weerhrg endol-leval boss, he's realty getting on my wick' and shoving the poor chap out ol the way because he was in out light I
This, chins ( _
is just what
video games were always
supposed la be. and il looks completely brilliant Now I'm fully expecting, when you ail gel to see this n the next month or so. a Hood ol tedious whetgy letters saying ‘But it's just As lemOs again you wnnkly Old cretin Why don i you gel with the beat and start praising some games that actually push the Amiga a bit instead ol just bang simple shooi'em-ups ihai you only like because you're loo dd and crap lo unde'stand anything a bit mare complicated and intelligent' I mean. Monster Business, lor God s sake"
Bui l don't care I know more about games than you do I play games belter than you da. and I'm just belter than you al round Do any ol you moaners out there know what happens to letters like thati I'll tel you Obviously me tear them up into i nto pieces set them on tun end throw the remains out ol the window at unsuspecting
eventually succeed le kls anempts la thaw ns the lenael sectlae, end we're fled he did. M's seriously brillieei.
tourists, but before we do that we carefully note down the names and addresses at the senders and add them to a special Me we keep on one ol the otlce Apple Macs Then, whenever we're pulling out competition entries, we check the names on the winning' cards against the ones on our special hie. and if the name on the card matches the name ol the person who sent me crap whegmg m, we gel the competition entry, tear it up into little pieces set them on lire and - yes' -throw the remains out ol the window at unsuspecting tourists' So don t do it. alright • STUART CAMPBELL
‘(Note We don 1 actually do this at aff It would be thoroughly itioga! it we dd. not to mention mmotal. unimr, jrptcasani tor the tourists end. wet. genermfy not on.
Te* me we don't resSy do this Please tel me me dom roely do m* Stuart Heto
- AP Legal Dept)
Mere w« titualir on el lh« varty iuy<i' war* Mphlaalvp boita, whlck Kill la be M escaped Lsstar IlUad htad 1* orbit, with npjlw bruit. A food tun, I think youll asm
Briefly: it's got start in it it's got dust m it no. this isn't gomg to help, is ift Stardust is a new arcade game n an Asteroids y vem Irom a brand-new Finnish publisher called Bkxxfiouse There Brief AND irtormative And they said we couldn't do if
The creator speaks: Ah
wen b>t of a tunny story betvno thus one Y'see. we ve had to communicate with Bloodhouse by lax on this one on account ol the lad thal their English isn't very good and our Finnish is positively useless But ol course, the. er. time difference between hc:= 2nd Finland
means that we keep trying to send each other taxes in what turns out to be the middle ol the night, and what with us comically trussing each other all the time and deadlines bang what they s--= and there being no point in us phoning each other because me can t speak each other's language, er. we didn t gat to speak to the creators at al Sorry But hey, d's all pretty obvious stuff I mean what were we going to say - 'So. Mr Programmer what kind of games weie you influenced by while writing SlartJusf,‘Thal would be fcily.
Verdict so far: When
Mika t'-jir. Bk.yviO iSO brought tNs Ivivnd. he was
Game: Stardust Publisher: Bloodhouse Authors: In house ETA: August
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Game: Disposable Hero Publisher:
Euphoria/Profile Authors: Mario Van Zeist, Arthur Van Jole. Hein Holt ETA: June
Briefly: With the notable exception ol P-OfCd X. it's been a white since we’ve seen a good old-fashioned honjontalty tootling thoot- em-up on the Amiga That ts ixitii now, with the imminent release ol
Dor* over a crackly mte'cc-n n-mjs) telephone to rkscover more about their tc! new oftenng
The creator speaks: So what
made you go lor a classic snooi-'em-up ai a tme when not much is going on m that department 'Welt when we started working on the game. Prcyecf-X was doing wry we* 1 guess no'ii i cky that there hasn't really been anything like it tor a whts so hopefully ours ».a stand out Odiously it's not a ternbly ongirul idea.
but we approached it wilh a Iresh attitude and we re amng to proOuce the most polished shoot- em-up on the Amiga Wa ve got very original anens with stunning backdrops, and there are some interesting new ideas in there too *
Okay, so why's it got such a tunny name then 'Aah. lo understand the title you have to reach the end ol the game We've put m a really good sequence there which makes sense ol the *Jea oi
the Disposable Hero But to do it you have to battle through live levels, so it should take you some time"
A problem with many shoot-em-ups ol this type is that they're
USl IOO cktfcult. resulting in a lot ol dissatished and trusiraied gamesplayers How have you set the difficulty on this one “We're aware that these games can be oft -putlmgly hard. SO we ve provided two difficulty levels. Hard and Easy. On Easy level noi all the aliens appear and they're not as strong as on ihe Hard level.
However, you can't finish the
Dutch-based Euphoria’s Disposable Ham It's set n the year 2867 and concerns an eMe learn ol crack troops known as D Heroes They have to itmsve biuepnnts ol weapons systems which were lost dunrg the preceding mtergatactic (pace wars The game (sell comes Irom the team responsible lor Fhmbo's Ouesf and Hawkey*, and I Spoke to Euphona'S Laurens Van Oer
game on Easy - it only takes you :o * re' four - so yOu'H have io gel used io iho Hard salting il you want to sec the final level and tha‘ explanatory end sequence We've also made iho giime more flexible than your standard shoct-Vm up Instead of having to folic* an exact path that's been deeded v advance by ihr. programmers, wevo made :! so that you have more freedom of movement interspersed w-th danger areas.'
I take it there 5 the usual power ups available and so on “The powe'-up system re a bit dilterant to your norma'
shoot-'cm up It involves picking
up the hh:epnnls but you can't use them unM you gel to *e Victory Fac>*t» are placed throughout '.ha gams as various intervals and can sc seoprytf-i’Otro btue dh~et You can sms rue*. up generaters which allow you to equ p yoursph wth hoarder wo.'-.rc-n:. It .1 makes ■; quite a M m*:«i fWino iuSI picking up power-ups Verdict %o lar. ’ ■ .mg like a
good oid-'atnsc.nec to s»; tr food raong ano as to ,vsc lhat this type ot game ‘ s Still befig produced And what w.th Prcyeef-X due out on budget soon, we r_r, v.e»i see a bt sf a o! the
gewe Whutner iV,'-w Hews can chaOeng* vs likes o< R-Type 2 and Ap«dy.i tor the crown ol ail-time-greaiest shoot-’em-up on the A/ru-gci another matter but h«e at Ah «*■;-'' . ,
looking tonwa'd to se-wsg :*»• cutp'ntmr. fwc.Ws shou'o have a copy lor «*** next monm. so check out the deHnto* review m our next issue • T)U TUCKER
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the evil Syndcale take over the pleasant little planel ol Harmony, you've changed setea and been elected to help these mlergalactic bumpkins tight otf the corporate forces ol darkness The creators speak: Okay then people, what does this Syd Mead chap have lo do with the game I mean, the only ctedit he gets is Inspired by so what does that mean Rick Van Ysseidyk. laxing he answers trom Washington Boulevard. CaWornta. came back with ihese snappy and concise replies
'Syd was actually part ol the concept design meelngs In as design slages. Uaetstmm was named Backlash, and was actuary a much tugger game than it is now, it you can believe that We ve got enough background material lor a Maelstrom 2, allhough maybe I'm just shamelessly irymg lo generate some advance inleresl on this count .*
I've played the PC version ol the game, and it's got a really strange, but ever-co-clever interlace Your character is plugged mto a flashy desk when less you call up seemingly hundreds at characters on your wd-phone and have a natter with all ol ihem As wen as Ihis social interaction, you have to plan mmmg operations to provide raw materials, set technical people lo work on designing new gadgets that you can sell to other
planets and luck the army rto shape lo defend aganei the upcommg invasion So who do our cross-Atlantic contacts think this game will appeal lo
‘People who kke strategy games will love ttks because of the planning element, and because ol its selling, gamers who are into space and so li will gel mlo it as wall When we designed the game, we noticed that a great number ol stralegy-type games on the market weie just thal -strategy, and nothing else For Maelstrom, we deoded lo add the ioSe-playng and space combat elements to gme it broader appeal ‘
It certainly looks good, and what could so easily have been a sequence ol lifeless statistics screens s portrayed in an absorbing, nleradrve way Rck agan "By addng one mate cuts' between actions and sprucing up some ol the mundane
tasks that are inherent *i strategy games, we re hoping to make it a little more pleasing to watch in addition to playing We also wanted to (pve the characters you interact with a ktlte more kle. We spent a lot ol lime programming the Cellular automata pad o< the game, r.-here characters carry on dong their own thing unless they retold lock) otherwise *
Verdict: .’.faerstrom is an unusual blend ol two very drtterenl types ol games, but t actually think it might work Try !h hopelessly smpksuc analogy - i you think thal all the statistes and number crunching ts a bet dry and lifeless, like a Rich Tea biscuit, then think ol fhe atmospheric adventure element as a huge ted and white mug of steaming tea Op the brccy mfo ihe lea and vcd3 - 3 magical combo to tantalise you: taste buds Let's wait and see how tho brave and unusual game works out • MARK W1NSTANLEY
Game: Maelstrom Publisher: Empire Authors: Andy Blau. Andy Hook. Glenn Wilson ETA: TBA
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Game: Alio Alio Publisher: Alternative Software
Authors: In house ETA: July
Briefly: Us r. very carcL I wi say l!-.--* oni; once The creators speak
Unless I'm tin wiir ol an unusually complex piadea joke. Alternative Software are on She *i«ge o! s-rksesing a same based on ! .£, comedy TV
seres Alio Alio A strange choice ol licence I thought so I asked Dave Watkins at Altematr.c tc :J!; and he
cfcd 'Turn'* actually a lot you can
do with the Aiks Alio idea Obviously it's going to appeal to Ians of the TV show, but our research also indicates that it will be pop-J.v with the core group ol games buyers, the 1210 16 year-ofcl We ve gone lor a Iasi moving comedy type
adventure which we know games players wiii appreciate'
I got tudher «fo trom Chrc. Pica. Alternative's Developmenl Manager -■Its a multi-directional plarlomi game' Somehow we yust knew he was going to say Vial So. what made you go tor a platform game instead ol. say. an adventure game-7 “Well, cn-irjsty platform games are very p-iput* but we iwt .1 wanted to integrate a tot ol comedy trom the show
and led that a platform game
is more conducive to getting the slapslck humour across. We've got tots ol very lunny animation sequences which reflect ihe Alto Alio style of humour, and basically we re u$ mg the licence to gve a diflerent feel to the platform genre *
How much does the game actually tie m with Ihe TV show "A tot more than the usual licence The plot concerns a plan by Michelle to lund the Resistance by getting the Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies (A panting Tm) The pamimg is n Ihe hands ol Lt Gruber, and so the lirst object of the game q to put together a lake Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies and swap ii tor the original
"You pay the pari ol Rend, and in two-player mode player two controls Michelle Ail ihe man charade's trom the TV senes are in there Yvette. Min Eu-th Alphonse. Gruber, Helga and so on Each has a spccJi significance m the game - lor example. U Gruber fancies Rone and so he's always chasing him throughout the game, white the Colonel's constaniiy chasing Mtoheee it ready captures the leef of the
senes Also, as it w*l be appealing to younger kids, we've kept ihe vretonee to a nvfwnum Most ol Ihe characters don't hurt each other, and although some of the Germans can shoot guns, they
f never kiB anyara."
So how big will it be’7 ■Well, a'i two '-avals to all. and we ve also got r ecret U rooms and bonus levels " We re going to be using •>iher continues or a password system so that payers don't have to play it all to one sitting There are going 10 be puzzle elements m there, but nothing too heavy as we want to keep it fast moving and lun * Verdict so far: lisobw.cu.B that Alternative are putting a lot ol faith) and genuine enthusiasm into the project, and despite what at first seems like a sary odd idea lor a licence th s could well end up bemg a bit of a goody Further good news u that it wiii be coming out at a recession-bustin' mld-pree potot ol £16. so a bg cheer lor that • TIM TUCKER
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Well you kiow, tfc«rt'i ian« Bilk bottUi A Boailtr i rtMiRbliay Ike am crtiiid by ike 11ctlo«i«l Dr 1 riaikiaiuli ii lk« (Uuu 1 joifck ■•««!, fiaihiaiicia _ by Miry Shelley.
Game: TBA Publisher: Flair Authors: Mick Hedley, Phil Nixon, Peter Johnson Mark Sample, Phil Scott ETA: July August
A genume air ol mystery surromds this one, it would seem It'S great because it makes me leei like an investigative journalist and everything, which is kind of exciting Anyway. I spoke to Phil Scott to tnd out if any more information could be gleaned about thus ukra-hush protect It's a platform game with a general movies' theme made up ol 32 levels spread over vanous worlds They are Horror World. Scs-li World (which has a Gige< theme and includes an Aker sporting N kes and a Corns: Relief Red Nose). rvn H Wild Wes). Game Show. War (whch <s all in black and while like old war movies), bk Jurassc and Cartoon'
“Between the normal levels aia Bonus and Bogus levels (Again prayers ol Trolls wi* be. at. tarrukarwim the concept - Tim) which are like trailers and adverts to tie at with the movies concept Although stil a cute plattormer. it's a lot yr»
darker than TVods and -not as sickly ' sJKBkHU
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enough plattorm •<
games to last us through the iecession - what's this one got lo otter that we haven't seen a maiion times before (We investigative journalists like to throw provocative gun shoes i*e this ai people, a -i— i
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Land Sweet Land i 1 '*ti: ] J
land so on) lomiuia We HAVENT '
included a siippy-sixtey Ice World, you'll be glad to hear The levels are less knear than most platform games - they ve got a more rrvaze-y leel This means that there's more than one way to complete a level and you gat more vanety Irom me game "Wave made
. , it so that you can
/**- complete the 'eveis m any
L order, because
' * so many limes in
platform games you get stuck on a padicuiar level and there's nothing you can do until you sotve it Wa ve also nduded a challenge mode m which you can attempt to do a certam J—number ol levels within a lime limit We Ihmk that it's got more vanety lhan your . l average plattorm J j*y. game and even
■4 plattorm pros will lind
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games these days" Verdict so far: Well, all we ve seen are these screen shots (trom the PC verson but the 1200 verson looks identical according to Flak) Also, we have yet to see Ihe mam character, which makes it dittcult to make any judgements We ll have to see how it develops, but rest assured that I'm wen into this mystery business and I intend to go deep. deep, deep undercover and find out the truth about this character tor the next issue • TIM TUCKER
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have to ha care-V rwm. so ft let Coin Courtney of F5»r do the talking Th.<, ,$ A noi 7/tws 2 'Ah I see Unlonurvalety we need 10 nairow it JHB down a tad more to HHH get anything going on th<s page m»r.y b because it shares me quality ot not fcntng Tte s
2 with every othr' game in this month's Thing To Come and indeed an the TVigs To Come ever pubkshed m Amiga Power What's jO'og on ‘Wefi. e'-g«vi!iy this started life as Trots 2. so anyone lamtiiar with Trots vrtt find many strrslantics However the mam character is tar more dynamic sm.ster and butch than in Tro* character It s basically an okler person's game *
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Game: Global Gladiators Publishers: Virgin Author: John Twiddy ETA: July
Briefly: Y'know. it's become pretty •ashcnable among the 'politically correct' w always slag oil McDonalds when something like this (or Virgin's earlier p'artormer McDonakAand) comes along.
Bui I lor one want no part
ot it - many s me i me I've been known to pop into my local branch lor a McChicken Sandwich or some McNuggels with sweet'n'sour sauce (yum yum) on my way home Irom work, and I think they're jolly nice Certainly nicer than the slutl you get Irom Cvhdllgh Sd or Knurekykmfi, anyway (The names o(some competing last-food chains have been scrambled' lor legal
reasons - AP Libel Dept) Bui never rrwxl that lor now We re here to talk about Mek And Mack - Global Glatkaiors. Viryn's new platform game It's a straight converson ol the title previously released lo no small amount ot acclaim on the Mega Drive and it proved extremely popular when it was lirst exposed to the pubic m the AMIGA POWER Games Arcade al Amiga Formal Live back *i May. with kids crowding around the stand in a manner not entirely dissimilar to ihe way that they tend 10 hang around outsxje McDonalds itself on Saturday afternoons But. er, on with the game Global Giadaiors boasts a Captain Ptsnefesque storyline about saving ihe environment Irom toxic pollution or something along those lines, and - hey1 ■ I'm perlectly prepaied to accept that as a feasible and viable aim lor a McDonalds game I don't care whfll anybody says The creator speaks: After an amusing senes ol answenng machine-related incidents. I managed to gel in touch with John Twiddy, once of Vivid image (home of First Samixad but now
"I don't care what anybody says"
sinking oul on tvs own with Jaguar Software Consultants. He's the man responsible lor coding Global GLadMors (and Virgin's planned September release ol the lovely Mega Drive platlormer Cool Spot), and I asked him if he’d jus! gone straight lor a port ol Ihe MD version with Amiga Global Gla&akxs 'Basically I tned to copy ihe Mega Onve game as laigiousiy as possible, but in some ol the laier levels ihera are an awful lot ol enemies on screen, and the Amiga couldn't really cope with those and the Mega Onve's paraiiaxng backgrounds and stii maintain a decent speed, so we had lo replace Ihe backdrops with a simpler graduated colour lint*
Any plans lo go lor an A1200 version with Ihe backgrounds intact’ 'Not that anyone's told me about, but at least wSh Cool Spot the game's not quite so Iasi, so I should gel the backdrops in no bother' Something to look forward to there most assuredly Anything else you'd like to tell us. John’ iGtobai Giaekucrs is also a bit unique in lhal it's only got one boss al the end ol the game, but there's plenty of ordinary meanies lo make up lor Ooh. thanks Verdict so far: The sooang's a be or the disconcertingly ierky side at the moment (John's promising improvements on that, though), but otherwise this is a rollicking, exlraordmanfy last-moving, platform blasl-and-a-half There's action aplenty (you rarely gel lo go more then a couple ol feet without being assailed by some nashes. and I like that in a game), and it gels really pretty by about the lourih Of the 12 levels (lour worlds with three sub-levels each). It looks like it's going lo be a bit on the smart side • STUART CAMPBELL
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We’d just like to take this opportunity to apologise to Tim ‘Pops’ Norris for not putting his picture on this page last r month even though he did a review for us. It was a simple administrative mix-up, Tim, and we’re sorry. And you’re too fat.
JUST WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE
Lazybones Unde hasn't done very much this month - in lad. she hasn I even got oul ol bed1 Er ahem Yep. ihe boss is still lirmly ensconced in hospital recovering Irom her recent tunny turn' In lad. she's in the very same bed that top TV personality Leslie Crowiher occupied alter his car crash a lithe while ago Luckily for Lnda. though, old Leslie's made a krl recovery and ts now sleeping m his own house agam 'I think, on lop ol everything else, having to share a bed with Leslie Crowther would have been the final straw.' she said yesteiday
With Lon da incapacitated.
Stuart s seized the opportunity to
mllict fits Mussolini complex on Ihe unfortunate AP staff (Something lo do with being short, apparently ] All Unda’s daisies have disappeared, to be replaced by sprigs ol bonnre purple heather' everyone's being forced lo work 22 hours a day. and three attempts by Mark and Tm lo tunnel out and escape have ended in disarray when they landed m the downstairs office cl Sega Power and were turned in' by Mark Ramshaw 'Much more ol this and there's going to be a coup.* sad an anonymous source last Tuesday lunchtime
For example, Mark's moving out ot he smelly and cramped (well, it is it you're as tall as Mark is) bedsit and is shanng a flat with ex-Ediiot Mark Ramshaw. Said Mark W. ‘It's a very nee flat, and PLEASE HELP US' HE'S GONE COMPLETELY POWER-MAD' ITS LIKE NAZI GERMANY ALL OVER AGAIN11 DON'T THINK WE CAN TAKE IT FOR MUCH LONGER' PLEASE.
SOMEONE ANYONE YOU'VE GOT TO RESCUE US' FOR HUMANITY'S SAKE'
HE S GOING TO ' (So*)'- Acting Ed)
Tim however, is taking advantage ol Stuart's shift lo a lop executive penthouse in the centre ot town to move into Stuart's ofd pad' "By living somewhere that still resonates wrth the piesence ol such a (oumaiisbe god. I hope to pick up j some at the essence ol power As well as a tot ol empty ensp bags which appear to have been wedged under the telly '
Humours that Tim had also shaved his head and developed a broad Scottish accent were unconfirmed at the lime ol wnting
As usual. Lisa's got it all wrong A couple ol weeks ago. the young tass left home tor the first lime, to move into a Hat with an ad person Irom another Future meg She d been m ihe place just five days (and had already completely ledecorated her room), when one Frday night she was it by hersetl and tell a bt lonely. 'So immediately I phoned my dad. and he came round and collected all my stuff, and I moved back in with my paiems I guess I'm just not really cut oul lor Ihe Me ol a bachelor girt'
In what's become a popular pastime around the offices. Jacquie's been spending most at her spare time constructing anagrams ol fellow stall member's names You don't want to hear what she made ol ex-Deputy Ad Ed Usa NichOls, you really don't (But answers on a postcard please .) Jacques also moved house, in the first ol a deeply strange sequence ol events which seems lo involve most ot the crew moving into each other's homes (We ttwik it might be to stop Sluad finding out where they live and making them work more.)
Exlra-lerrestnal Produclen Editor Dave wasn't one to be left out ol all the teiocation malarkey For no sooner had Mark W left his mseci-ridden bedsit vacant, than Dave had
packed his belongings into a small matchbox (which, strangely, was much larger on the inside) and moved m w his place ‘It might seem unpleasant la you Eadh creatures.' sa d Dave two weeks from today, “but where I come from, little black things with too many legs are regarded as a social necessity in any self-respecting dwelling-place *
Dave's found things a little strange since Jonathan moved m "I keep ha wig odd thoughts that had never occurred to me previously.' he said, with a puzzled lone in his voice. ‘For example, last week I was suddenly seized by the irresistible urge lo buy a 28-nch Vi lo watch Star Trek on - i cost me £900'
And I still haven't lound out why Jon bought j that tunny A
- pockot watch either*
Reluctant tip maestra JD was another stay-at-home boy until recently. Bui when his stack of waigames got too big lo store. Mr and Mrs Davies delivered an ultimatum it's either them or you.' they said and. rather than give up his beloved Hapoleon. Jonathan got packing ‘I hear that charming Dave Golder chap's got room to spare Goodbye lorever.' he was heard to mumble
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The platform-puzzling saga
of Erik the Swift, Baleog the Fierce and Olaf the Stout
Game: The Lost Vikings Publisher: Interplay Authors: Silicon and Synapse Price: £29 99 Release: Out now
Vik.ngs ware Scandinavian
adventurers wtio spent most ol the lime between the eighth and eleventh cenlunes raping, piling and generally causing a right old mess al ovet Europe. You're now expecting me to go mto a gratuitous humorous anecdote concerning V*mgs and what they got up to. but instead I'm going to tell you , .
a tar more interesting (j.'y „
tact, something 10M to ' . „
me by our . '* •*-*
Production \ x Editor Dave .'
Green this very ■ , morning Did you know that the word
V*mg is the ONLY word in the English language endmg m ng wfwch doesn't Signify an action (that is. it's not a verb). (Anyone who contests this tad should send then entries to Oava Green at the usual AP address, marked "Are you sure you're qualified to do thal job. Dave *).
For those o< you mtngued to know what a Production Editor actually does (and that includes the rest of us here m the office) it seems to consist manly ol being mcreddy pedantic at limes when he is not required to be. gratuitously swearing at everyone m the last lew days before Ihe issue deadline and calling everyone a gn regardless ol their actual gender It you re interested n becoming a Production
Editor, all you need (it would seem) i$ an unreasonable degree ol irony peppenng your conversation ALL THE TIME and the most
outrageous laugh since the taughmg policeman . hit the helium and went \ to see an evening ol J dasso comedy at his local ‘ cinema while being tickled on the loot with a gigantic leather
While we re on the subject ot the AMIGA POWER stall. I'd just like to promote ihe talents ol our Art Editor. Jacqu« Spanton She is responsible lor making the magazine look
so good (along with Lisa olcoutse) and she doesn't gel the credit she deserves Hurrah lor Jacquie Just look at the wonderful link she's put together on this page Things like this often go unrewarded, and poor old Jacquie also has the misfortune ot having to sit next to Dave Green, our Production Edlor and put up with his tedious and obnoxious behaviour all day And actually Dave, what about Thing' and Stnng Those are two words which end in mg and are not verbs So you're wrong aren't you
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Ahem Anyway. I'm here to review The Lost Vikings It concerns the late o< three Vikings. Enk the Swift, Baleog the Fierce and Oaf the Stout They've all had a great day at the hunt and are generally teeimg good about themselves when they retire tor the evening However, that night • mystenous spaceship descends and kidnaps all three of them while they sleep Its an evil alien zookeeper (bke Dave) who ■ants specimens of Earth beings lor his nlergalactic zoo. and he's chosen these three lucky Viking guys as perfect examples of their species
You start the game with the Vikings on board the space ship, ail totally
unaware ol what's going on. where they are and what they can do about it It's your task to then guide them through 37 levels and lead them to safety _
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one Viking al a lime, whch brings us to the control system, one of the tew niggles I have about the game There's quite a lot to actually access - each Viking has two moves, each can carry lour objects which can be swapped between the others and used whenever suitable, and of course you have to decide wheh Viking you want to control As you can no doubt guess, it's inevitable that the keyboard has to come into this somehow. Even it you control Ihe characters using the joystick, you'l Still spend most al your time on ihe keyboard, which led me to expenmeni a little to find the most comfortable way ot working I must say lhal unless you're negotiating a particularly incky set ol jumps or extended arcade-y bit playing the game entirely with the keyboard is probably Ihe best option The problem t$ that they 're not the best taxi out keyboard controls I've seen Keys S. D and F control (he Viking's abilities Why They don't seem at all natuial And to guide the -*
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THE LOST VIKINGS
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Vikings around, you use ihe numeric keypad whach. apart from being less obvious ihan 1 be cursor keys, means that 600 owners are slutted (they ! have to use the joystick/keyboard combsiation)
Having said ■■ that. I must say that, despite its Haws, you soon gel used 10 the controls and are so engrossed m the game that any shortcomings are forgotten II really is a W of lun. and wonderfully tresh vt ns approach It s not a fast-moving game, because a lot of flitting about between characters and sohnng of puzzles is required The learning curve ts very near perfect though, which is what keeps you
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We re talking senous addiction And charm too The characters are delightfully funny and really do have defined, er, character' They chal to each other while you're playing, have imprompiu conversations with Thor the God of Thunder, and if you make loo many unsuccessful attempts at a level they talk la you. making comments like 'Come on payer, we re bored of this lever.
The game has infinite continues and a password system whch means mat you don't have to play the whole thing from ihe beginning every lime, but even with these aids it's going lo last you a long while The later levels get incredibly tneky, and even when you've solved ihe puzzles there aie stii all the tneky platform manoeuvres 10 gel right. There's a huge amount to play through here - the only way you'i get to the end at all 'qiackfy' is by spend<ig an immense amount of time playing it, which is no bad thing al al Okay, so I'm fully mto this game, and workd recommend it highly, but there's one more niggle be lore I ciose The graphics are very good. yes. but thts ts one of the lanes I missed a spot of para&an scroikng and more exerting
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backdrops, surely not difficult to do with a game of th« pace Without them everything lends 10 took a bn. well, black It s not a major distraction, but I'm positive lhat a bat more effort from the authors could easily have integrated some lush backgrounds Perhaps an enhanced 1200 version could redress the balance
However, not wishing to end on a low note id like to wrap up by saying that The Lost VJungs is a leal gem of a game which deserves your undivided attention There's nothing flash or super-fast and exerting here, bu! tor anyone who Xkes charming, original games with some depth 10 them this is nght up their street • T1U TUCKER
® UPPERS It's original. H a cute. It’s addictive, It's funny, K's Infuriating, ft's enjoyable, it’s just brilliant really. Big loo, with 37 brain-crunching levels and lot* of things to negotiate In those levels. It s also good to see a platform-based game with more depth than your average platformer. Astonishingly II manages to be consistently Inventive, rather than just rehashing the same problems and baddies. Oh and I torgol to mention the baddies - they're SO weird and wonderful, with everything from gobbing snails to rolling blue trolls coming al you. Lovely.
® DOWNERS Not a
completely satisfactory control system, but this Is partly the fault of Ihe Amiga tor not being able to support multi-button joypada. The backgrounds could have been better. And that's about it tor the downers.
THE BOTTOM LINE
A must-have game for anyone looking lor an Injection at new life into their Amiga I urge you to wallow deep In your pocket, flth out the thirty quid (wince) and Indulge youreelt In an orgy ol great gaming. And while you're at It have a good sneer at SNES owners, who won t be getting It lor another two months. The downers meniloned are the only thing keeping this off Ihe 90% mark.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Works fine on the ul200 1200. but with no enhancements or speed differences. An enhanced version would be very welcome.
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THE ANCIENT ART OF WAR IN THE SKIES
Game: The Ancient Art of War in the Skies Publisher: Microprose Authors: Dave. Barry and Dee Dee Murry and Joe Garguilo Price: £34 99 Release: Out now
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some ol winch are small
traxung leve-ls. and some ol which feature hugely complex Iron! Ixtes to lax moie experienced players It you're SI4 not content with al these options, there's even a pretty nifty and comprehensive level design section, where you can change everything Irom the position of towns to the amount ol bomb damage Once you've produced your very own battlefields you can save them lo disk and keep them lor a rainy day
wickerwork hamper Irom Hanods M of ice-cold Chaleau Bnlton and salmon sandwiches with the crusts cut off7 Or Hannibal, what about h«i CM he cross the Alps n a mcrofite. warmly dressed xi a Heity Hanson igte pie jacket beneath a one-piece Goretex and Duralon spray suit’ I think not, lor if my (admittedly shalow) grasp ol matters historical serves me correctly, manned High) is exclusively a 20th century pastime
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relers to rs Work! War 1 "
which, although a lot longer ago than say. the last nme I went to get my hair cut. isn't stnctty aroenl The dictionary definition aduaty puts it thus -"Belonging or relating lo txnes long past, especially belore the downlall ol the Western Roman Empire" I rest my case Still. WWt was an interesting lime lor aenal warfare xi that since planes had only jusl been invented, everyone was still working out USt how 10
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Ambiguous isn't a word that I'd usually start a review with, but I think the title ol this one qualities its use 'Ambiguous' There. I've said it. Were looking at a game that uses the word anoent' to B desenbe war r the skies - doesn't that sound just a tad out of place’’ CM ■ the anoent Goths and Visigoths travel to their pillaging ol Rome m Lear iets, 1 swapping humomus impaling stones 1 while pretty Lufthansa air hostesses lopped up their glasses from cute litlte ’ nng-pull cans7 Dxt Ghergis Khan conquer the Russian Steppes Irom a hot air balloon, sustained on r«s journey by a
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Being based on Tbe Great War. the hart tne is represented by two rows 0* benches where the ground larces lace each other across No-Man's land The air war atiects the Land war. so if you bomb fie hell out o< torts, lactones and depols behind enemy lines, you'll allow your tomes to push lorwards The idea's to capture or destroy the enemy capital, so you either go lor long range bombing missions, or fry and push the Iron! up to the was ol the oty At all times tvoughout the game, the I front toe ebbs and flows liound the map. which can be a real worry when it looks like He entire bang-shoot's gong lo H [ go nghi across your airlielrf s lend rig stnp You can see which bit ol re front is likely to change as bangs and lashes mark battles, and the line changes colour depending on which side's getting tne upper hand «i the scrap
Your rote as commander takes the torm ol organising missions lo bomb targets, and intercepting enemy lighters •hch in turn are trying their hardest to rtercept your bombers. The bag decision 6 whether to send out bombers with lighter escorts, which is a sale option, or lo keep the fighters on the ground and then scramble them to any threat, which is a more flexible but nsky approach To aid He ground forces, you can bomb the enemy's trenches, or Mast lotlilied positions or as a more general war effort you can destroy the lactones and dies Hat supply replacement men and planes Once you ve set everything gong, you simply sit back and watch ihe
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The bombing runs are —tearsomely entertaining, whereas the lighter bits definitely aren't.
Let's go with the up-beat M first It you've decided lo bomb a target instead ol lading Ihe computer work out Ihe outcome, you re shown a reconnaissance photo wheh shows all Ihe targets and positions ol anti-aircraft guns The toea s to overtly the targets without passing over the guns, and each bomb run is presented from a bomber's eye view As you pass over something that looks important, you simply drop a suitable number ol bombs on them Providing you can sleer without leaving the area, you can overfly each target as many limes as you want, with the damage to both you and Ihe target displayed in really lush detail 0< al Ihe bits ol the game, this is by tar my lavounte
while the aenai tight sequences are by tar the worst bits Although Ihe graphics depot the turns, banks and climbs Ot Ihe
planes pretty well, these sections ptay like some sort ol second-rate PO game, and simply aren't any tun al all Thankfully. Ihe way the game's designed, you can simply leave ihe doglights lo the computer, and get on with the worthier bis
All this paints a tairty rosy picture ol Ihe game, but alter an hour or two 1 isn't so much a case ol how much tun it is lo bomb things or whatever - what you really notice is the sheer amount ot Ask swapping that's involved I mean, why couldn't all ol Ihe start-up options be on one disk, or the doglight sections on the same one as the game Ask'’ As 1 stands any change in game mode or options results in a Hurry ol disk swapping, and although you can install it on a hard drive, how many people have one ol those0 And as a final insult, the game won t recognise a second disk drive, which is a real smack-m-the-gob insult lo external dnve owners everywhere, and an otlenca punishable by at least a 10% drop in the end maA Software houses take note, then quake before the might ol the AMIGA POWER reviewing policy. You have been warned • UARK WINSTANLEY
® UPPERS Instantly accessible, and enough variation In settings to amuse and entertain you for yonks The bombing sequences are great fun. being both playable and dead nice to look at.
® DOWNERS Hideous disk swapping and accessing alalia the game to the point of atopplng at times. Even on last mode. Ihe action a just that Utile bit loo alow, and you're leM waiting lor planes to complete missions. Oh. and the ao-called fighter sections are a complete waste ot time.
THE BOTTOM LINE
It's no classic, but It a an undeniably entertaining and challenging wargame. let down terribly by the amount ol disk swapping Involved. Hard drive owners will see Ihe game as It a meant to be. but I've got serious reservations recommending this to the rest ol you. simply because all the ftP Z swapping really Interferes flh " with Ihe gameplay. UU *
THE BOTTOM LINE
Maybe just a little bit n ■ taller - but that disk
swapping's even more annoying since you ve forked out an extra 200 quid to get hacked oft.
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AMIGA POWER JULY 1993
AMIGA POWER JULY 1993
Originally known as
Metamorphosis, itiis game lias gone through a lew changes a) is own since its inception Cast your mind back to issue 19. where on the coverdisk you'll Find a demo ot the game Since ilien, Millennium have get hold ot ii and aie releasing it under the new moncker ol Morph - they obviously thought it was a be more snappy, and I'm ncimed to agree
Anyway, ihe gameplays ihe same, so it you have an old issue 19 coverdisk around, load it up now and you can indulge yoursell in a sort ot multi media-type review-experience in which you can look at. ksten lo. play and lead about the game - all at ihe same time It you haven't got that edition, you can order it from Our back issues section on page 96 (I think I may have Hogged a tew copies here, guys) Morphng's also a bit ol a 90s buzzword n computer giaphics circles Ever since these tantastic
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A new twist for platform puzzlers. Don’t get into a state, now.
effects in Terminator 2 where the evil liquid metal Terminator transforms effortlessly between himsed. a tiled lloor. a blob with anvils as hands and a miniature penguin (one ol these might be wrong), morph ng has been n vogue And now you can't turn on the TV without seeing an adved where a car turns into a horse or a tiger or something
Well. Morph isn't realty hke that at all For those ol you without Ihe benefit at the mutti-media review extravaganza described above, it's a platform-type puzzler with a heavy dose ol culeness thrown in lor good measure The screenshots on this page should give you the general idea Although it's a bit naughty ol me 10 stad making
w, compansons straight ~ away. I'm go*ig lo because it can illuminate the isubiect - Bit s
Tomato Game springs to mnd immediately, both at looks and gameplay. and there are elements ol Puny in there too Okay, so that s what it's simitar to - let's see what makes it different The justification (ie. the plot) behind the whole game is that some kid has got involved in an expenmeni with a lelepod machine. This isn't a particularly smart
move, since the teleport machine in question has only recently been invented by his Inend Or Krankenpol I mean, has he never seen The Fly Fortunately (or not. depending an your outlook) the yotkig men's late doesn I involve climbing up walls and vomiting over doughnuts No he's condemned to a tie in limbo, which he inhabits in some soft ol nebulous form, with only the ability to pull his molecules together and change shape to his credit
V4»Ch is no! too bad really -1 mean can you do ihaP
Anyway, at the same lime that Ihis tad (bis name's Morph coincidentally)
■enl through his alarming translormation. fa machine which caused the misfortune was Struck by lightning (it's not really this pjy sday all in all) and its components became scattered all over the countryside You have to guide Morph through venous IMs. pcking up the components ol the machne and returning them to the pmfessor so that he can re-build it and get tw youngster back to normal
The game is split mto lour areas -the Gardens, the Factory, the Sewers and the Laboratories Each area has six levels, and on each level there is a cog for you to Ind, representing pan ol the machine You have to negotiate through the level, find ><e cog and then head lor the exit You
can go to any of the areas at any tine, but you have to complete each level before you can move onto the next one. Thus works well in practice, because it you tind you're stuck an one ol the levels In the Garden, say. you can have a crack at one of the other areas instead
It's good that this facility is piovided. cos getting through the levels is lar Irom simple - there are all sons ol obstacles in your path With your newly acquired morphing skills you can change states between a Gas. a Liquid, a Flexible Ball and a Solid, and you have to choose which stale to change into to gel past the obstacles However, you only have a limited number tmi
of transformations -m*' that you can make dunng a
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important that you don't waste them And, as if that didn't make things tough enough, there s a U— time limit too
What this translates 1o n terms ol gameptay is a procedure much like Lemtnmgs and 34 s Tomato Game (uh oh - those eompansons again) in that you keep using a trial and-error approach to each level and eventually work out the correct order of transformations to get you through With the added r 'y •. bonus that if you're stuck you can tackle a level vi a different aiea f ire . ' , . 2.
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!h e re a re: < u rthfi f lealures to help you t on your way You can
pick up stars which give you extra transformations and maps to view the levels with, and ihere are also Heaters and Freezers dotted around the levels These give you a tree translormation - for instance, going through a Healer as a Liquid will change you mto a Gas without using up any ol your permitted numbei of morphs This can work against you, of course, and in the tougher levels they are neatty integrated into the puzzle process, so you have to work out the correct state for govtg through a Heater/Freezer to ensure you come out the other end in the right state lor moving on
Naturally enough, there are plenty of other dangers as well Fans will suck you up il you're VI the Gas state, prickly thorns pop the Flexible BiJl. water dtsspiales the Uqukl - it's a jungle out there This involves a fair bit of platform-type joystick proficiency, and this realty enhances the gameptay Whereas vt Lemmings the difficult mouse manoeuvres are. frankly, something ol an irntaton. Morph succeeds n being an enjoyable blend of arcade action and puzzling skills
The only thing that remains to discuss is testability Maths fanatics (if there ire such things) will have worked ouf
that there are 24 --
levels in all I finished nme of them in a day. bul from there on they start getting really nasty - though, luckily, the difficulty curve seems perfectly designed Ic get you thinking the nghl way to solve the taler, luckier puzzles I'd say a’s govtg to last you a good while, and you could even go back to 4 when you've finished and fry to get the bonus points you missed before Tap. a general thumbs up all round • TIM TUCKER
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® UPPERS The biggest upper Is the well-designed puzzles, nicely Integrated Into arcade platform gameplay. It's got lhal moil Important of game attribute! - addlctlvenesi.
® DOWNERS Puzzle games can be fruslretfng, and thii Is no exetptlon. But hey. you want a challenge In your games - don't you
THE BOTTOM LINE
Great fun. A highly recommended platform puzzler lhal will appeal to Lemmlngt/Blll a Tomato Game tans (that's the last AA : comparison) And It's 5
darned cute loo. UU ”
THE BOTTOM LINE
Despite being told by A12*10 Millennium that Uoq>h
doesn’t run on the 1200.1 found that It does - with no enhancements. However, they are promising an enhanced 1200 version In September, so 1200 owners may wanl to wait until then.
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BATTLE ISLE '93
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"This is a wargame that works
Game: Battle Isle '93 Publisher: Blue Byte Authors: In house Price: £25 95 Release: Mid June
War may be hel. but warfare, it has to be admitted, is a pretty cool recreational adnnty Don I believe me Let's compare rt to some other popular pastimes The Rubik Cube, for example, took the world by storm n 1982. so much so that you couldn't walk down a street or tune into any TV channel without some annoying precocious tod proving that they could do it n under 13 seconds That year also had Beirut as a hi ot a biggie news-wise. with the Israeli army moving m as things lapidly went downhill The pool is this - where are the Hungarian Professor's plastic cubes now. hey7 Gathenng dust under so many million beds, that's where But what about that ifl-fated city *i the Med'’ It's stil getting shot up by various incomprehensible tactions and militias
Yeah lads come and go but wai is here to stay The ■easoni Sadly there's a lot of people in the world who seem to like it A journo once asked wounded wai photographer Tm Page why he photographed the troops xi Vietnam in a glamorous way. and he replied something along the lines o< 'Are you kddng'’ How can you take the glamour out ol a tank or a helicopter gunship1 They ia the most glamorous things you're evei going to see '
Forget hula-hoops, pogo sticks and skateboards - lulling people is a craze that's captured mankind's imagination lor the last several thousand years, and wil undoubtedly continue to do so Which taises the obvious question - why are computer waigames generally so ciap I mean, you take an activity with the complexities ol chess, the excitement ol Hollywood s Golden Age and where the stakes ate. quite iiletaity life or death, and then leduce it to a load at squiggly lines an a map accompanied with a Yellow-Pages sized manual As a wargame Ian mysell. it's a bn at a downer not only that people laugh at the genie, but also that m most cases the denswn is entnety deserved Not so this time though, as tor the last tew days I've been goeig vita sulks every time my boys' go into the meal gnndei. and even gone so tar as ordenng I the summary execution at Tim after he mistakenly put sugar m my lea Three days on from the first time I called n an s.-stnka on an enemy bunker line I'm still lunousiy playing it In tact. I'm actually playing n now That's the good ttimg at-waigames - they wait lor you.
In the world of high-tech wargames, no man is an island. But some moons are.
Blue Byte are pretty proud ot Battle tt* 93 For all lhose long-term Amiga •are out there, this is a souped-up, turbocharged version ot the ongmal Battle Isle. and <sn t Battle Isle 2 which is due out in a year or so. ‘Oh Nor cry you (the Kids), “It al sounds a bit like a data disk type ot Iftaa. with different maps and all lhat stuff, and al lop notch prices loot* - and. in a ■ay. you'd be right This has the same game engine and many ot the same features as the onpnal. but then again, so does History Line 1914-1918 Blue Byte have gone lor the It it am'l broke, then don't lia a' approach, and used their great game mechanics slotted into a new seeing Hooray lor them Inevkabty there s a natt dory line, so here goes - jgKA following the havoc wreaked
on their home planet Chromos dunng the ongnal Baffle Isle scraps, the battling powers ot the Orullc nation and Ihe robotic Skynet Titan lorces have moved onto one ot the planet’s moons The reason lor this constant conflict (other than to provide us with entertainment) is lo collect the essential mineral AkJinmm The reason lor collecting Akknium is to build more weapons so that the war continues Sounds mad'’ That's because it is mad. but then again what could be mare insane than brother killing brother And while we re on this anti war thing, exactly how many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man
Dumb story huh However, it gives
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nine separate scenarios against a friend You can win r two separate ways, the first and most realistic being the capture of your enemy s base, while Ihe other, more videogamey way >s Ihe total annihilation ot the opposing lorces Infantry units aie ihe only units lhat can enter enemy buildings. but they re pretty
teebie so you've ** jL got to protect ,
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armoured units j Jt-
and air cover '
system s just wondertut. with »i the optens you need being provided by simple toyslck commands Your actions are divided into a move phase followed by an attacking phase, and you're left m no doubt as to what you can and can t do When you select the move option, ail the possible positions you can place ihe unit are highlighted and. similarly, all available targeis are panted out This method of splitting Ihe action up is a bit confusing at first, as there's a chance that you'll tell a unit to move, but then it'll be desiroyed m the combat round before it reaches its destination If you think of ihe command phases as being like giving orders to the troops, and the action phases like the war being lought. then it all makes a kx more sense Honesi
Tactics, tactics, tactics - that's what's this s all about It you try and be all hercxc and solitary, you'll be trashed m a very shod time, so you've got to co-ordmale your units. An infantry attack needs to be protected by ground attack planes which in turn need lo be protected by lighters On the ground you need tanks and afliilery
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mmute la learn, and a lifetime to master' lo describe the simple appeal and the hugely complex gamepiay. Ail I can say is that this is one ot the tew games III be adding to my personal collection.
• MARK WINSTANLEY
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ideal situation rarefy occurs, so you've got to rely on a taa bd of luck, and the hope that your enemy's gong to mess up m some horrtxe way Just i*e the realtfwig Thus is a wargame that works. I t as smpie as that No need lor track manuals or tncky sub-sections There'S reaty no need lor dumb story knes, although that doesnt seem to stopped them I'm reduced to hadeous caches aae “Ml take a
® UPPERS The superbly simple control syslem lets you concentrate on your tactics. The graphics sre well defined, enabling you to recognise units Instantly, and the two-player mode cracks along at a great pace.
® DOWNERS It's not that different from Battle Isle, so you'd have lo be s total tan to lork out another 25 quid h you've got Ihe original. Alto, In one-player mode, there's quite s lot ot sitting around while Ihe computer is thinking, especially In the mare complex levels.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Wsrgamers rejoice1 Battle Isle '93 It
ii menus io convince inem inn there's more to tile than shallow arcade games. Okay, so there's no such thing at a quick game (about an hour's the minimum) but so whit Get a grudge match going agslntl a friend, and those long, empty flA I
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THE BOTTOM LINE
Well, tt runt a leensy ( v i i bit laaler or lha A1200 but you'd need a stopwatch to spot the difference. The gamepiay* exactly Ihe same.
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This game may be the epitome of absolute rormalness, but hey -you've got thirty-two characters to choose from.
young and old, warriors and wizards, and each and every one are linked by one fact. They've all got
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LOOK INTO THE FACE OF FEAR
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First there were Abandoned Places,
Game: Abandoned Places 2 Publisher: ICE Authors: Sandor Hadas (story and dungeon design), Francis Staengler and Steve Fabian (game design), Jeno Klimits and Istvan Karpati (graphics), Tim
Bartlett (music and FX)
Price: E34 99 Release: Out now
Quietly, carelully. Bill opened the door It was a door he'd never seen before and that was strange It was. you see. a door in r*s own dining room
Bill inched the door open and peered through. He saw a tong stone passageway and, at its end, almost out ol sight, glimpses o( a broad green plain and a mysterious castle It was a wodd ol mystery and magic, ol lantasy and adventure Tentatively. Bill look that all-important lust step - the step that would take turn beyond the humdrum tedium ot his own lile and into the exalemenl ol a new and alien kfe beyond the myslenous door
That'S why we play these role playing games, isn't it We want, for a tew hours at least. i to escape Itom the ordinariness ol our lives We
expect the games to last lor ages, lo be lull ol excitement and action, to lax us with Indcy puzzles, lo allow us lo pretend to be magicans and warnors lor a bit
What we also expect is to be led mo the game by our sweaty little hands and be given a little while to get our beanngs. We'd quite like some idea ol what's go<ng on and of whai we re supposed to do Abandoned Pieces 2 tries quite hard to meet out expectations There S a map ol the lust level included m the instructions and there's a lairiy comprehensive rundown ot the spells and stud in the game (although I didn't work out how my ma cians would get more spells - maybe ihey can buy them later)
Ah. but then it slops being helpful Lillie else is explained and k you tumble about
IN THE BEGINNING...
A long long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... oh no, hold on, that's something else. Umm, this Is the intro sequence everybody, where no-faced men hold books above their heads and, and, er other things happen.
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and now there are some more. Of them.
(tie mechanics ol the disk-swapping you're brought back into the real world with a bump Admittedly if s haid-dnve-nsiaiiabie but there are only tour disks so it shouldn't, i it were constructed property, be difficult to play it from floppies I wanted to like Abandoned Places 2. but in the end I thought it wasn't much more than average and it left me a little disappointed • 77M NORRIS
When you slad playing these things you taped to be killed quite frequently No problem When you wnte one of these tangs you eapect to kill your players quite frequently at the beginning too and you make it easy for them to re-start Bui not n Abandoned Places 2. apparently
The box proudly announces lhai the ixisuccessful receive a special visitor* (If proorty announces this underneath a picture ol the special vsskor which rather spoils the impad of the special visitation when it comes.) The special visitor isn't in wy way optional and requires a disk swap and a 30 second wait before he makes his rater tedious appearance
You see. you begin the game by treeing your adventuring party and. when you're lulled. you can't just use them again - you have to start Irom scratch You can. ol course, use the default settings lor your party, but snce you can change them, ter* must be some point to it. mustn't Hare’ So getting killed means quite a bt ol tatting about betoie you can gat atound to starting again You only have to do this a couple of hmes before you decide tat saving the game at the very beginning might be a jolly good xiea And it would be It would be an exceptionally good idea if only mitering saved games didn t taka so damned long •virtually got so led up with it tval I was overcome by tmnipolteriness and timed the
wielched thing. It you're dued-up and swap disks as soon as you re asked. 1 takes a total at seven disk swaps and a delay of 2 mmutes 45 seconds to able to play agam
Then there was the copy protection The manual explains it carefully, but you read manuals before you play so you forget what they told you Every once in a while the game asks you to enter a code from the manual You can't use any ol your magic unlit you've entered this and I cursed ICE and all their descendants m perpetuity because of it The game doesn't freeze and ask you for ihe code - if keeps playing. It doesn't care if you're in the middle ol a fight - if you're not ready with the code you're dead Tough luck, matey I wasn't impressed
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Which is a shame The graphics are well executed The mouse -driven control syslem is as intuitive as these things evei get The spells aie easy to use Combat is simple The whole thing is pretty smooth and. once it's running, jogs along at quite a respectable pace The actual playing window is lairty sizable and most ol Ihe things that make you feel good about HPGs are m there. I was disappointed by _ the lack ol aulo-mappmg. I thoughi we were going to be able to lake that for granted by now. but apparently not That's definitely something RPG designers should be including as standard
The whole thing, n tad. has the potential to be pretty good It s not by any means the most original idea for l an adventure but it's good looking and claims to be huge. By rights it ought to be a fun game Somehow, though, the ordinariness ol it all is a M of a letdown There really sn't anything very much to get you going
In the end. RPGs are what you make them You have to pul in a bit ol work ol your own to suspend your disbelief and involve youtself in Ihe game world. But the designers have to help you They heve to wnte a world that you want to get involved in and when you're continually exposed to
® UPPERS It s big. It looks good. It's easy to control.
® DOWNERS It's not very original. It's not very exciting It takes ages lo restore saved games.
THE BOTTOM LINE
There are enough Mats and stuff to satisfy the average RPG Ian, but the average RPG fan will have played this sort of thing to death already.
It's not a bad program as
such, but it's cerlalnly not P Q £
at the cutting edge of
RPG technology. UU 2
THE BOTTOM LINE
Still lots Of disk
A12D0 swapping to be done.
Which is hardly Ihe sod of enhancamenl you’d hope lor.
AMIOA POWER JULY 1993
From the Titus kitchen - it’s bubbling, it’s bubbling, and it’s really quite troubling.
Game: Super Cauldron Publisher: Titus Author: David Peres Price: £25.99 Release: Out now
When you've been doing this job tor as long as I have you begun to appreciate the little shortcuts, the ttwigs that make Me just a little brt smpler Things, it tad. like I he Super Cauldron instruction manual Most particularly, things like the b.1 headed AMIGA CONTROLS' where it stales quite happily that you can choose between the 12 spells available lo you' character in the game by using the keys Ft-FI 2. Anybody spotted Ihe deliberate ji
mistake yeP Mmm There'S
cartel deal. Ha
a special prize lor Ihe lirsl reader lo tind Ihe F11 and F12 keys on their Amiga Now this mtghl seem like nitpicking (since a phone call to Titus or a particularly dose manual inspection reveals that you can access the spells via a bit ol lidding around with a menu screen and the cursor keys Well, il says cursor keys' «i the manual, although it actually means joystick). but when you see this kind ol thing m a manual, you ust know that you're not going to be looking al a siale-ol-theari. we-pui-25-hours-a-day-mlo-this-one kind ol game What you re likely lo be lookrgat. n tact, is a sloppily pui iogethei slapdash cash-in rush 0b
And what Super Cauldron a raiher belatedly attempting to cash m on is. or raiher are. a couple ol old 8-bit games, called (none too surprisingly) Cauldron and Cauldron 2 The first was a stnkingly pretty shool- em up'ptattormer hybrid, and ihe
THE TRADITIONAL SCENE-SETTING INTRO BIT
Most game* the** day* come complete with a lengthy Intro banting lot* ol luaclou* pic* explaining the ttoryllne and building up th* atmoaphar* to a point where the player, panting In breathleai anticipation, limply ean't wait to grab tha loyalfck and gel ttuek right inlo th* action. Her* al AMIGA POWER, w* often like
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sequel was a straight plattorm eftori. but with a weird bouncing control system that gave ihe game a unique tael Both were hugely popular on the Speccy and C64. and nghlty so. lor both were gorgeously executed and lairty original m concept and style The mote naive and optimistic readers among you. then, might be hoping that this Amiga release would
continue the tradition, but making use d the obviously superior haidware quality to produce a stunning-looking variation on the existing well-worn theme Frankly, it that sounds like you. I ttwik you might be readatg the wrong magazine
Okay, lirst let's gel the what you dc-paragraph out d the way quickly You're wandering around a selection ot levels (lour worlds worth, each with several Mile sections, inked by. er. ids ol disk
to a how you a law scenes from the** intro* to pratty tha pagaa up a bit. and Super Cauldron'* going to ba no excaption, olher than in that on this particular occasion, wa r* going to show you the antir* influence in all 111 naar-clnematlc glory. Aran't wa just too good to you
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accessing), looking (o' a key to Ihe next work) You're initially armed with stones which you car (rather pathetically, it must be sad) Hick at the baddies and beasties which infest the various stages but you can celled spells which otter powered-up weaponry (or a limited penod (dependent on how much energy you ve got rather Stan a lime limt) I think that's about if really Time for the first impressions' section ol the review now
Oh dear Super Cauldron doesn't get aft to the best of starts Opening up with, believe it or not. and yes I know this is 1993. a choice between music OR sound efleds. things don't improve on the first screen of the aduai game, which looks k*e one ol the duler sections ol the Sped rum verson of Caution 1 The first screen is populated by two little bat
"A sloppily put-together slapdash cash-in rush job"
oeaiures which come at you in a tughabte 1985-style a5-degiee-angles-only (light path but they're ectuaily quite fearsome opponents due to tie sad way you throw rocks around and the hornble. gravitationally-challenged way you jump Carrying on through a couple more screens ol nothing whatsoever you find a broomstick (you play a witch by the way) and jump onto il. deciding lo go tot a quick fly Noticing Ihe crap push-scroll you have to endure whenever the game tries lo scroll vertically, you quickly telum to ihe ground (pausing only to note ihat
the push-scroll can, when you fall to the ground, leave you right at ihe lop ol the screen and hence extremely vulnerable lo attacks by bats and suchlike which you quite literally can't see until they've hit you), SM' never mind, eh Things can only gel better. Time lor the at a little more depth' M now, wouldn't you say1
Oh dear Jusl a little way into the game and I seemed lo have run out ol places lo go Another even closer, inspection ol ihe manual revealed nothing in Ihe way ot suggestions as lo how I might get out ol the lust liny little loresi sedion Hummer Trudging dejectedly back and lonh. I k decided io try and get into a ruck wiih a troll standing on a bridge Tugging down on Ihe loyshck lo avoid his one and only fireball, I was shocked
rand stunned to pass right through (he bridge and land m the water below Instead ol dying, though. I lound mysell n another section1 Hurrah'
Okay, it was another crap section with lots ol lumps which were halt-impossible lo make
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accurately with the awful conirols. leap-mlo-lhavair-and-hope-for-fhe-best Ms aplenty, and deadly traps concealed behind bits ol token paraiiaxng foreground scenery, but another section nonetheless Flushed with success. 1 went on lo discover that the other sections ai the first world were lound in similar ways, namely by ducking down when standing beside innocent-looking Iree stumps and so forth Oh. and I was then surprised la find that other bits ol water found scattered around the levels were not. n fact, gateways lo further sections but deadly to Ihe touch Must havo been polluted or something I suppose And in the midst ol this rush ol thrilling thscovenes. I also
ascertained that gong through a doorway' and then going back through it again the other way often sends you somewhere completely different Oh dear, getting short on space, now Better cul straight to the euphemistically-named summing up' Super Caution e completely crap • STUART CAMPBELL
UPPERS There'll quite nice lightning effect on Ihe first level. Cute frog noises.
® DOWNERS Cheap and
natty control, cheety mutlc. Iota of loading, tacky puth scrolling, ridiculous firing system doein't racognlte a second disk drive, atupld Instructions. . (ft jusl no bloody good, really.
THE BOTTOM LINE
An Insult lo the memory otlhe previous Cauldron games, an Insult io Titus' recent and hard-won good reputation, and AA — an Insult to Amiga game A <5
buyers everywhere. m =
THE BOTTOM LINE
Equally dreadful In a Ml 200 trankly-not-very-
different kind ot a way. There are thlnga wrong with this that buying an A1200 just can't tlx.
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1 WHAT'S THE WORST AMIGA GAME YOU'VE EVER PLAYED
And, off course, we’d like to know why. Unsurprisingly, most off these software VIPs we talked to needed a little prodding to extract more than “Ooh, there are so many I don’t know...”
'Terminetor 2. That waa dreadful. Thera was a lack of gamaplay and H alao didn't follow tha film atory at all. In Ita defence though. It waa a tall order and I know that they didn't aaa a finished film before they wrote It. But it waa a big licence and I thought it waa not one of the strongeet. Sorry. Ocean But I think the real of your stuffs great. JEREMY SMITH. Top Dog at Core Design
Ceptem Planet. It's crap. It s an appalling licence like all the rest are.* CHRIS YATES, Sensible Software’s whlukid coder and Rfir kid coder
'Some of the crap ones I see on coverdtsks are pretty awful I think the worst I sa« sasstsawAsi . .-rion ot Missile Command '
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*1 wouldn't like to say any one In particular, but tha worst games on tha Amiga are those with super duper graphics and very little gameplay.*
MEV DINC, Vivid Image all-round superstar
Legend Of The Lost [Impressions]. God Almighty, that waa bid. Thera was a complete lack ol any reason al all to be Impressed on any level - apart from tha good testing you gol when you reset It .* MARTYN BROWN, Product Manager for Team 17
'Delender Ol The Crown. And all because It looks like euch a nice product but It waa such a con because there wie actually no gama In (here at all. In my naive early days I waa excited by all lhaae lanlaalic graphics and I thought Ihe gama would be amazing but It turned out to have badly choreographed action sequences and loads ol dlak accessing and was easily tlnlahable In twenty minutes."
PETER MOLYNEUX. Managing Technical Director al Bullfrog and author of Populous and Populous 2
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The Amiga version ol Tetris [Intogrames] You press the keys and nothing heppens and then a minute later something does."
GARY SHEINWALD, Development Manager at Audiogenic
~l don't land to get the real rough onaa. I dm things wrong with moat gamea I play, though. I do lend to go by reviews and what someone elaa In the oftlca might say or what someone might stuff under my nosa.
A lot ol shops don't seem to be ahowlng software any more so it s difficult to see anything before you buy H. and we can t afford to buy much these days" ANDREW BRAVBROOK,
Project Manager and Director of Graftgold and author ot Fire And Ice
'There waa a Plotting rip-off that waa really dreadful, but I can t remember what it waa called. 1 waa really disappointed with Manic Miner but that waa probably from having auch fond memoriae ol the Spectrum veralon all those years ago. Mayba H waa the (act that It wain't using a rubber keyboard either. There waa a atrip poker game.. Oh, and Tetris. I was pig-sick when I played it
on the Amiga but I rediscovered It on the Game Boy and backflipped. These can t be the worst garnet though, because the truly bad ones are forgettable anyway * GARY BRACEY, Software Director at Ocaan
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Epic is the first one that springs lo mind. It's quite probably the most over-hyped and overdue game ever. It completely underwhelmed me As tar as constructive criticism goes, it's a shame that even though Ocean had such a good campaign which they sustained over a long time, they didn’t have the heart to put the game back into development for a few months to make it good PHIL HARRISON, International Development Manager lor Mindscape
”1 can tell you the worst game we've done - that was Zone Warrior. It was outdaled by the lime il reached the market and it was nothing like the quality ol product we usually do. It basically wasn’t our kind ol game SIMON JEFFERY, Marketing Communications Manager for Electronic Aria
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“Tokl. I really like the arcade version, and really liked the , ideas in It But there was something about the Amiga .» , version which really irritated *e ’ the hell out ol me."
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Today. Will (an integral part of the Hidden programming learn, pictured above left) decided to Include a tew more routines within the skeleton program which had
All ol today was spent getting a demo ol Donk ready lor the ECTS.
Once again we open up The Hidden’s agenda (clever wording, I know - cheers) to see just how things are going in Spodland.
already been written lor Spodland. These were a screen set-up thingy (giving us a law-res 32-colour PAL picture) and a joystick routine. This means that when the program Is compiled through Dfvpac It now takes a lot longer. And that's aboul It. Wow.
For only the second time In my Ilia I lound mysell at the ECTS show. Wow. cosmic - I love It here, looking at all ol the new releases belore anyone else (apart, ol course, from software houses, programmers, shopkeepers and all). Well, It makes me leal special, and at times, I need to. The ECTS is a strange phenomenon - among all the suits there are a few scruffy sorts,
Today Ihe ECTS was distinctly dull, maybe because Simon. Will and mysell had played all ol the demos to death. But then, as we were juat hanging around our stand, everyone suddenly moved aside. Make way lor a TV star!" someone shouted, and out of
After recovering Irom the ECTS show, I decided to work oul a bit more ol a structure for Spodland. as so far it's usl been a loose collection of game Ideas. Looking at all the different sections. I decided lhal II would be best to have a set goal, rather than just an ongoing battle between all Ihe Spods until the world ceases to eaist or Ihe players lose all their lives. Nope. I'm with the Costa Panayl (a games god by no other name) school of games design. He. like myself, believes that people always look for a
A lengthy discussion with Will and Simon leads to a basic plot for Spodland. It Involves the Spods going on a quest to become the Good King Wargle's Master ol Spods. They all go through a
these being Ihe programmers and the ournos. II didn't take very long tor me to notice AP s very own Sluart Campbell and Tim Tucker, mainly because there wasn't really lhal much new Amiga stuff on show, so naturally everyone who was In any way Amlga-iah' hung out together in a little gang, pointing at the Sega and Nintendo people. And jeering.
the shadows stepped Violet Berlin, star of television a popular Bad Influence. "Ah. The Hidden. Show me your Oongrshe said Ooooerrr!" shouted the crowd, so we did, all Ihe while explaining that it was now called Donk. not Dong.
firm objective when playing a game other than merely alaylng alive It helps to give a game personality, as though it s saying "Ho-hum, not a bad score, but you still haven't beaten me yet you chicken!" which, as we all know. Is fighting talk lhat ranks right up there with such classics as "Old you spill my pint and "Ipswich Town are Ihe pride of Anglia". Jim Scott of Beyond Belief Soft, please lake note.
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The map screen's been drawn (unlike the real of Ihe game, which Is all going to be digitised from video), and It looks quite nice. And while we re on the subject of Ihe claymatlon'-style video digitising stuff. I still haven't found anyone who'll sculpt some Spods lor me. I'll have to get around to lhal soon.
Also on the video frorl. Paul (our 3D man) has been working on our new method for doing full-mollon video (lhai s FMV lor short) on the Amiga. Today we saw the first fruits of our labours and they were smart. I'm now taunting Will to use FMV In everything, though he says It might need a CD drive. Bummer!
Loads of work to do on Donk loday. But It there's anything you'd like lo see in Spodland. do get In touch. And so until next time, this Is Craig saying Byeeee!' (No comment. - Ed)
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They’re out there. Crazy wild-eyed loners on the edge of cathode-ray oblivion. Tonight, AMIGA POWER pays tribute to those who have pushed video games to their limits -and beyond. The secrets they discovered, and the tips that they found. This is their story.
without some wacky passwords Try typing any of these on the High Score table for a variety ol interesting ettects
PSIONIC SYSTEMS ASSASSIN SUPERFROG BODY BLOWS THE ONE AND ONLY ALIEN BREED PROJECT X
Those crazy tun stare at Team 17. they crack us 14) every lane
The border should Hash and you should unpause the game (it will have paused from the P‘ in Up). Infinie energy will now be yours, and the m-game keys wi be activated And they are:
1-6 To select mission E To skip to the boss W For extra weaponry
Ot course a Team 17 game wouldn't be a Team f 7 game
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It's not been out long, but dearly some of you are finding the cute-tastic puzzle-platform antes ol this little number just loo hard to resist Or maybe it s the sophisticated pun-orientated wordplay Who can tett Anyway, first out of the bag with a hefty 17 level codes is Nehoias Mewl on from Weymouth Over to you on the boat. Nick1
Level 2 - BISHOPMOVE
Okay, so we may have pnnted an Assassn cheat back m issue 24. but (thanfdulty) that tfcdn't stop Dared Winch Irom sendng in a whole set of far more effective bps What you have to do s. on the first mrssjon (The Landmg). climb up to the highest possible pomt of the left-hand side of the first tree you come to until you are blocked by the leaves and type:
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Here are the codes lor Woody 's World by Vision Software
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Forge! everything you may have lead in Last month s AMIGA POWER, at least concerning The Chaos Engine Cast ivo* a» those passwords relieve your memory ol all those pointless tips and make way lor this tar more convenient and effectual tip torm Michael Lamb ol Liverpool
All you have to do is enter F the password section and enter all Ts. Vs. Xs or Vs Level one will now start to load but (BUT1) before it does ' you wilt enter the shop with loads ol trves and an impressively equal load ol money allowing you to play at your leisure through the entire game with no monetary or life-related wornes at all
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Level codes - you love 'em really I mean, ■hire would you be without them’ Still on in«i one. probably - so it's lucky that The Lool’ from Slough has sent in these
level t - GLYCKEN. SEEPPUN. MEPEL. PLOOTTtT WAMAL. CLOOPAN, GIAPOG. ZULLAR. BEGGEN
Level 2- ZAIVIT, ZIOMAL NOIBBAT. VIANEN. CLIENNUNG. WAIVOR. GLEALLOG MEFFAN, SIEDDER. TOUKER.
Level 3 - BOOMAN. BINNON. CLOINAL, FLESAR. TIGFIN, TOKEN. SAKUG. TAIGGAT, CLYFIT, SIPUG Level 4 - GEABBAR, TAPPER.
VOASSOG. GIUIN. TIAUER. PLOIDDOG, NEABBAN. PAIBBIN. BYMEL. SLOOVOM. Level 5 WYVAN. SLYPPIT.
FLOGGAL. VENIN. ORUTTEL GLIETTUG, FLYNNEL. MIOSSAT. OROADDAR BOUTTOL.
Level 6 SLAINUN PLEAMIN GYVET. BOICKEL tFhght mat's enough - Ed)
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ACTION REPLAY CODES
Everybody likes Action Replay codes Some ol you like working them out and sanding them in Some ol you like reading them here and then usng them to cheat Date) like them because the more that get
The Chaos Engine
Special Powers (choose Preacher)
Fire And Ice
Ciedits (on Fruit Machine)
Shadow of fhe Beast 3
Thanks for these go to John O Neill, Ozzy and The Loof from Slough (agam)
War li Mil Huh. Mr If ]<ai Md Riiiiki.
pnnted. the more people buy their cartridges And we like them because they help to tilt up space You'll need an Action Replay Cartridge and. well, rater to the instructions to see how to use it
It you look all the Desert Strike letters we received this month and laid them end to end. they wtaAd stretch quite a way down the road and quite posstty back agam Most ol the letters supphed the codes, and here are some ol our favourites
Level 2- BOOGAEB Level 3 KLJLTOE Level 4 - WEIWJT
End sequence - ONKKOKF
About hall ol the tellers -also pointed out that os
typtng BOQQAEZ •*rt*rtihe«.
gels you ten lives and _
However, most 2
uselut ol eit was Jeremy Wan's nsm-giade on how to adualy play the game without all thus blatant cheating. Jeremy, a pnze s on as way.
Minion 2 - Some buildings near the tails have ‘muzzle flashes' from the windows Destroy these txrtdngs carefully w4h your cannon Now col led the MlAs that were nsrde Minton 3 - The best way to get SCUDs it by collecting the SCUD commanders and then the SCUD launchers.
Million 8 - Shoot the watch towers so that the APHiDs tall to the ground, then shoot a hut. coaed a liil load ol POWs and drop them oft at the nearest landng zone Then repeal the process, always keepng a look out lor ZSUs General tipi - There s a quick ladder n a building in the road (fcamond nearest the furthest north landing zone. A F-1S a parked in the northeast comer where you will find co-pitot Jake and an extra hfe
Mission 1 - Enler the man city and use a couple of Hydras on the two APHIDs attacking ihe UN boys, and lal the ZSU Then pc* up them up and drop them off Mission 3 - Destroy all Ihe silos qiaddy
Mfiea It ike kit a wr - mm4 miyan wee lt»ai ptayla] Oaxarf ttak ikMl It
before the missiles are released Then destroy the dunes around them lor extra supplies and a life
Mission 4 - Destroy each boat (but not the Inendy ones) with six Hydras Minton 6 - Destroy ihe defences and then let loose on the Madman's Yacht untt there e a hole and then pick up a M load at Ml As before they drown.
Minion 7 - Destroy Ihe defences and all the buildings surroundng the one with a (tag outside The one contains the chap you are after Minion 8 - Enter the f. Embassy City trom the west to replenish yo°f »h<l ammo from ihe buddings you destroy. Take out at the defences, keeping an eye ouf lor three helicopters Then land on the X Ki the Iresh defences that have arrived on the scene, xicludng the two hebcopters Once everyone e on the bus. destroy the gate carefully with your cannon and guide the bus to safety When you search the SEAL post, don't forget lo pek up your co-pilol
Million 4 - The dump frocks are m the oty al the bottom nghl of Ihe map Take ouf the defences, and than Ihe trucks with the bomb pads in them Watch out tor the decoys
Minion S - The radar siles must be taken out first One is immediately south of the factory, the other o just to the northeast of Ihe nearby landng zone Mission 7 - Shoot ail of ihe small burldngs after gettrg nd of the defences Coiled die extra life, destroy the buikJmg and land on the X
Million 8 - Fill up on ammo and fuel then 8y towards the bomber and take out the defences Next, shock the wing, collect your co-pAo<, then realty let np with your ammo and shoot the hal out of the bomber (He'll take three rounds of ammo, and then - bingo )
AMIGA P O W fit JULY 1993
AMIGA POWER JULY 11193
We offer you the courage of a lion, the strength of an ox, and the tips of a Tim.
IThe best way ol killing things, wherever possess a the bante strike You know, the aenal move where you push the joystick up. press lire, then pull the joystick down Apart Irom looking rock hard (and thus impressing any o< your fnends who are watching) rt also takas more he pants oft the baddes and kiis them quicker.
2 There are platforms at the game that you can make swing higher by the following method Move the loystick downward when the platform is moving downward Release H immediately when it goes up. II the piatlorm has a very low altitude, use very shod joystick-strokes to get it moving again
Hidden bonus areas
If you check out all these hidden bonuses you shotid have enough lives and energy lo complete the game without any problems Because you I pioOabty be able to find a few of them by youtsell, only the less obvious and mosi well-hidden ones ate described here
3P On the lirsl 60 slide (the ones so steep that “ «J you can't go up again) you can get onto a leaf <1 you ump «n time From there you can reach the leaf with the two crystals on t Jump up even fudher to the highest leal. ump straight 14 mo the an and wait approximaiely 10 seconds Alter a wtwe a beetle appears when you can lump on to lake you up to a massive bonus area whch contans loads ol energy crystals and two extra kves
6 1 Just »i Ironl ol the exit ol the first level there ™ a is a chasm which you are supposed to lump over Let yourself fal down there and steer lo the nght (to the left m HARO mode) Here you'l be able lo access another bonus area
(First spider cave)
8Q This isn't heid lo get through as tong as “ w you're careful The giant insect can be done
away with easily enough Crouch down nght next 10 it. and when the sprier is launched Irom its hide take a sweep kick at it to finish it off, then immediately jump up and do an overhead swipe on the giant insect's head (by pushing the joystick up and keeping the tire button pressed) Repeal this move and n should be finished oft
The spiders on the floor can be dispensed with using crouching side kicks or the battle slnke. whke the ones on the root need to be finished oh with jumping upper swipes Treat the final insect just like the first and you'll be sotted
(Second swamp level)
d A ty At the beginning of the level there is a I w “ I mL 30 slope which leads to a 60 slide Go back to the dump of thorns, run down the 30 slope to get as much speed as possftie and make a wrie jump to the nght Irom the edge ot the platform at the top ol the 60 Slrie. You Should land on a leal agam From here you can
fjTQ further and reach stacks of bonuses to the nght after destroying a lew hashes
Note that some of the destructible plants are n the loor r this level and also m the fifth level Remove the plants with the downward lighting jump (the battle stnke) and let yourselt tall down mlo some minor bonus caves
(Third swamp level)
JQ A A Here you are able 10 gel the second lv"l sword before you need to At the start you're standing n Iron) ol the exit ol the second spider cave Go to the left until you appear to have reached the end of this platform, and can see only waier to the left Take a run and jump to Ihe left now Before you can latl no the water, a leal will appear right under your feel Phew1 Make another one of these suede lumps to the left Another leaf appears From here you can reach a smal cava containing an aura Me and the stronger sword
(First ancient city level)
J C There are plenty of one-ups (extra lives. Iv “ Iv in case you didn't know) at the first tower that you encounter (to Ihe nght after the start o< the level) Kill ihe swarm ol insects Note the row of sleadiy hovenng insects lo the nght By using the downward lighting jump several limes, you can use the insects as lump pads to get to the nght
Valdyn can dimb up the golden roofs of Ihe lowers Try to gel an the roots as often as possible as many of them (surprise, surprise) gnre access to bonuses
(Second ancient city laval)
A “J After the begnmng ol this level thete's
I M ~dm\M a long 45 slope Use it to gel up speed and perform a huge leap lo the nght at the end ol the slope Aha1 Further to the nght you encounter your lust
swinging platform, which is already swinging Use it lo gel higher and higher until you can reach the bny platform above The third swoid waits lor you there
A lew screens lo Ihe nght (alter those nasty tire chains) there is a lower with a fire chain at the bottom Get lo the nght edge ot the platform and tel yourself tall down to Ihe right Surprise' A swimming platform Gel the one-i*s and stuff from here and you're doing well
The strongest sword can be found here, agam before you need it There's a place m this level where you have to handle moving spikes with a stone-ball thrower just behind them Instead of ctmbvig up to avoid Ihe dangei. try lo gel past the generator and let yourselt lal down to the righl Use the hovering ghost as a ump pad just as you did with the insects in level s« and get it •
Neil month wel be looking at how to beat the end-ot-level guardians Don 't let them boss you around'
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Well, he isn’t really a ‘games guru’, and he’s no idea how he’d 'drop his science’, but Jonathan Davies will do his best to help if you’re stuck in an Amiga game.
Gathering her cloak about her, Melanie stepped briskly out into the chill night air. The note, which she now clasped in her hand, had been frighteningly specilic: "Be at the front door of the museum at 2am tonight. Bring the dog." The King Charles spaniel yelped and barked at her feet. It seemed somehow to sense what Melanie couldn't, and its tall hung between its legs like a hangman's rope. Together they crossed the square.
passed through the iron gates and entered the grounds of the museum. The dog slowed as they neared the main entrance, and its feet began to drag reluctantly on the gravel path. Suddenly, the doors creaked open. A gloved hand beckoned towards them.
And a voice called to them through the darkness.
SHADOW OF THE BEAST 2
Q*l‘m very stuck because, you see I don't know the password to gel past the shimmenng dragon that's attached to a chan behind the stone block Please. A you know the password, please tel me - I've been stuck lor two-and-a-haU years *
Warren Leal. Not getting any younger
A What you've got to da is kil Ishram the Dragon, whose pnsoner will then tell you
There's no two ways about it: these are the questions I couldn't answer, but maybe you can.
Q* I'm stuck n INDIANA JONES AND THE FATE OF ATLANTIS, m the learn path In the loom with the lunrty doors and the map ol Atlantis. I don't know an what rkreciion I have to turn the suftstone. the moonstone and the worlds lone Please help me or I am gonna die'
Maarten Vitrlnga. Holland
Q'l am deep m the dungeons m EVE OF THE BEHOLDER 2. having entered a 100m which says All who enter are doomed (Looks He you're doomed. then - JO) The door has closed behind me and theie is no way out Also. I cannot rest to gam spelts'
A Cavlll, Ipswich
Q'You'ie not getting nd ol me that easily How about the room with a strange doorway which I can't open Or
the two locked doors which I can't open because I've only got one key1'
A Cavlll. Ipswich
Q'l haven t finished yet There's a room with nme pressure pads and ‘ (We’ve done that one before Pul things on them ti a cross shape -JD)
A Cavlll. Ipswich
Q"On CAPTAIN PLANET, on the fire stage. I can gel into ihe space ship but when I go up mto the sky I can t kill the man How can I do this1 Oh yes. and up a brl further it says exit' There is a wall there and I can't go up again How can I dear the stage *
Pamela O'Neill. New Ross, Ireland
Q"1 have come to a halt on level 5 cl CADAVER with 94% ol Ihe game complete The problem is I can only find
one pwca ol Jude and two are needed lor Ihe gem lock in the corridor behind the room with the spiked Root It the Dispel Evil spel is used on a Power Gem. both Power Gems disappear leaving behmd only one piece d Jude How do I get the other one7"
Darren Haddlgan, Portsmouth
QTve been playing ULTIMA 6 tor Ihe past three months t bought some spells on scrots but can't use them Anyone know how And how do you make your characters harder, or move up a level1 And (I) how do you get past the shields m the Ifcrary at the Lycaeum1* Chris Dsvey. Lichfield
Q'ln MAGICLAND DIZZY could you please tel me how to get past ihe lava and what the lamp is lor And the rubbish1 And the milk bottle1 The sword1
How do you rescue Sleepy1 PS I've been stuck on Ihis lor months"
Tony Leenan, Drury. New Zealand
Q'On level lour or live ol DUNGEON MASTER. I came across a mummy next to an inscription saying He is my prisoner, let turn sutler Welt. I, erm. kitted turn, but later lound it might have been possible to save him Would saving him have been to my advantage1'
John Archer. Cardiff
Q'l am stuck si LEGEND, on level seven ol Fagranc. in a room to the west of the dungeon There are three doors, one an the eastern side of a channel ol water, and two on the western s«le The first door leads north and is locked with an ornate key Also, on the western side is a chest and lever The lever opens a door on the western side, which leads to another chest The only way to this chest is wa that door However, when the room is entered from the west (the water is impassable], the door leacfcng to the trunk shuts before I can squeeze through'
David Phelps. Australia
the password But to do that you've got to do the incredibly fiddly ropes, toeks and see saws bit. and I'll be jiggered it I'm gomg through ai that again
Qt've beer playing Operation Stealth tor about six months and have been Knowing a lot of your tips in The Last Resort However. I am stuck above the pool of piranhas, and haven't a clue how to get any lunher than opening the cage with the pen ‘
Roy Turner. Nottingham
A Try using the watch on the nght and left walls
LEISURE SUIT LARRY 3
Q"Whai do l have to give Chem Tan to gel further xi the game7 I have the soap the kmle. the towel and a lei ’ Uirk Ashby. Banbury
AVou have to give her the deed from the lawyer's ollice (Well, so it says hare, though I've not played it mysell)
Q’On level five (the one with the three spiders and the pistol) (Thafi be level sm. then - JO) how do you timsh it I've got the spiders away Irom the bridge, and away Irom the ladder and the hole in the was. and now I'm stuck ~
Sam Roberti. London
A Climb 14 the midcAe spider's web and hit the small web on the nght Use the gun on the biggest spider and the spider on (he left Pick up the pillow and drop it on the bottom platform, under the spider Cast a spell on the middle spider and pick up the vial
Qln AP 25 you present the new AllTime Top too and Sensible Soccer 6 at the top One ol the pictures 8 captioned Another tense goalmouth rodent, viewed Irom the calm and salety of the Goodyear blimp I know whal the Goodyear blimp is. but I don t know how 10 get this view or even if it's possible"
Paul Smith, Burton-on-Trent
Alt was a joke' (And not one of mine.
I hasten to add ) You were looking at tots of screens joined together Similarly, the right-hand caption (about the Desert Sinks helicopter hoisting up players) should not be taken literally Which brings me. and quite cleverly I thought, to
Q’fm completely stuck on level two I can destroy the radars and the power station, but I can 1 gel any luflher because I run out ol missiles'
A Denison. Ilkley
A First Don't use so many missiles Blow up weedy things like radais sites with your cannon, and save missiles for realty scary things like SAM launchers Second Get mote missiles There should be a reasonable number lying around Try destroying buildings and things to Imd them (With, ol course, your cannon )
Only a tool would try to deny that these are the questions from previous Last Resorts which AMIGA POWER readers have subsequently managed to answer. Thanks, everyone!
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE
Q Barry Tomlinson ol Farnham could not win a light against the guards
A “You don't have to fight any ol (he castle guards - except lot Bill, that is Once you've given him the trophy ol ale. he can be easily beaten with one punch You iust have to solve problems and say the correct dialogue tines to deal with the guards"
James Hampson. London
QAlison Cobley was trying to gel into the boss's oHce. as well as hunting for a secret passage
A "You can t get into the boss's office You must get the bucket (Irom the scaffolding), operate the carpel, get the plastic bag Irom the tun. operate the cupboaid. gel the insecticide, operate (he WC get the Itag Irom the Door, use the bucket on the sink, place il on the boss's door, operate the nght hand door, use the key on the second cupboard Irom the left, examine the typewriter, operate the drawer, get the paper, operate the drawer, examine the map and use the Hag on the hole rear France on the map. which will open the secret passage'
James Hampson. London
Q Philip Cofvr of Poole had a question
A 'The picture s si the map room, inside the lace on Mars (Go through the nuue behind the first of the massive doors r the Great Chamber) The second halt of the yeftow crystal is at the centre ot the Mayan Temple ' James Hampson. London
Q Tristan Mullet ol Br8tol had run up against a bock wall in the form ol a banana and a dock
A "Go to the top ol the slope and Shoot the alarm clock once This will make the banana move towards you Go to the top ol the slope until the screen locks, and keep shooting the banana in the eye. Don't bother with the alarm clock*
Matthew Holmes. Poole
Q Daniel Brewer ot Broadstairs coiAdn't get out of the well Or do some other stuff
A To get out ol the well, go into the men's loo and press fire on the
second-Irom the-left toilet. Then go into the bucket and wart lor it to take you out ol the well Seeondy. I don't know it there's a quick way ol getting the rubies trom the down, but I do know that there is one ruby in round one, another in round three, another m round seven and the last one on round eqhf The clown wifi tell you what he wants to swap lor the match and the spade Give him these things and you II have them I don't know anything about the cross, though ' Tin Green. Romlord
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Q James Bessani of Wareham couldn't get past the bit saying 'Only the strong shall pass'
A "On level two (where you are
stuck) you should have found three niches containing rations When you remove the rations you'll hear the sound of a wall moving. When you've taken the rations from all three ruches, return to the wrung on the wall end the wall opposite should have disappeared, allowing you to continue with the level'
D Gill. Rotherham
QAnd Anon ol Dorchester couldn't kill the spiders on level lour
A'Stan by saving the game before gong through the web that you can see spiders behind, and then, it any of your characters are poooned. you can re-load and try agan As a rule, always try to attack trom the sides or rear with weapons such as swards and axes and trom at least two squares away when using daggers, darts and mapc'
0 Gill. Rotherham
Q James Bessani at Wareham
reeded the Dark Tower passwoid
A'The password 8 'KILUAN'. but you'll need to talk to the Ament to fmd out what you have to reineve Irom the Dark Tower *
Q Meanwhile. Maico Halper ol Belgium was stuck on Fagiane level two
A To gel past the spikes you need to push the lever m a room to the west of where you are The room is locked wilh a silver key *
Aron again. London
Q Clive Stevenson ol K ikeel's heady progress was being obstiucfed by a floating robot
A 'Go nght. then tell twice (avoiding the stomping arms)."
Mall Hall, Great Yarmouth
QPaul Kirkwood of Fife couldn'i do level two
A‘Near the end ol this level 8 a small hole in the ground - you'll lose a lilo if you fall down it Next lo this hole is a platform with a special weapon power up on it. and then a much bigger hole To roach the end of the level simply jump up and grab hold ol the rod above, and continue nghi unM you meet (he guaidar'
D Gill. Rotherham
Q James McLagh of Redear couldn't get out ol the castle
A'Use one of the two keys to open the gatehouse, and use the winch to raise the portcullis and lower the drawbridge ’
Ray Smith. Milton Keynes
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE
QAkson Cobley ol Biadnmch was being troubled by a flock ol bats
A'Carry a picture of Beta to the cave and the bats will leave you alone' Ray Smith. Milton Keynes
Q Michael Hall ol Pen-y-Flordd couldn't open Arlene s cage, and needed what he thought was a let of red hernngs verified as such.
A'Orop soma budseed in the park near the woman to get the key to free Arlene Ignore the other items, as they aren't needed lo finish the game.' Ray Smith, Milton Keynes
QThe collective might of the AP team were thwarted by Outdoor world lour - Dein/erance'
A 'Make the first lemming a kayaker.
then the next one an attractor 10 keep the res) on the left-hand side Shoot arrows across the gap. then pour glue across it to make a bridge.'
Shirley Baker, David Boyle. Kale Flannigan. Mrs R Barnes (and others)
Stuck in a game7 Know a Loose End1 answer Either way. you should be writing to The Last Resort. AMIGA POWER. 30 Monmouth Street. Bath BA I 2BW. marking your envelope Question' or 'Answer' You know it makes sense
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boy wjflicd Idbti spitfire pilot. Apert from those who Ranted 10 live, that it...
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Darn HI I'm never foinj to 901 used to thd tricky landing bo s loess.
Reach for your wallets
more like - it’s pricey but it’s fun
Game: Reach For The Skies
Publisher: Virgin Games Authors: Rowan Software Price: £30 99 Release: Out now
on there. 'cos Reach Fct The Skies is one ol those ramies - a Might sim that just might appeal to non-tlight-sim Ians (the ones who can put then preiudees aside and their brains into gear lor a second)
So here's your mission boating it's 1940 and the Germans ate bombing England while the RAF delends the country Irom attack You can choose to play as either the stitt ■ upper- pped English mob BOEORRE or the stitt lower kmbed KW (well, what etsa explains that march’ Hunmsh bunch m the prequal to the 1966 World Cup The RAF gel to tty around in Hurricanes and Spittues while the Luftwaffe have Ju87s. JuSSs, Dot7s. HelHs. B1109s and Btf 10s.
Your nexl decision do you
want to be a ~t -1 . i
Flight Controller or )usl a lowly
pilot Choose to mRE ba a control.er HBBBFrF i
and you have to deal with all the strategy-type bis. though you do still gel to fly missions It s best lo practise as a pilot first. A
otherwise no matter dAB*
how gieal a slralegisl you are il you fly ike a dodo then you let the side down old chap hiMPyH
The Might PHq
simu alio-i sequences IA are lop-notch sfuff.
They're fast, exciting and. best ol all. easy to gel the hang ol Yeah, sure, the manual's tiA ol diagrams that look like a physics protect. but lor once it all seems to make sense and you can be up and loop-fhe-iooping and dog-lighting si no time The autopAol helps, sure, but you'll realise that as soon as you engage m combat you have to switch that oil and rely on your own sMls
The authors. Rowan also haven I gone
_ overboard si the
realism stakes The accelerated mode means you don'1 spend ages SB hanging about m the air before anyth mg good
happens, there's a handy nfo panel m the cockpit which summanses what all the Aaks are saying (which can be switched oft) and even a choice ol light realism levels Basically, the more confident you become, the more difficult you can make the game lor yourself. FlGP-style
As tor the strategy bits - well, you know ihe way ibat some sports sans have training sections that are realty leckous and ust get m the way ot Ihe action Reach For The Slues is almost the exact
attacks (4 you're *i the Luftwaffe) ox youf delenee strategy (it you're m the RAF) actually gets you more involved with the game The Only shame P A ts that the presenlahon o! Ihese sequences is so uninspired. HbI especially considennq how classy r e f.ighi sec* >ns oo* Bl.mey. a whole WW2 flight sim review and not a single mention ot chocks (Snp> - Ed]
• DAVE GOLDER
I'd >«e io know Wa ve been waiting 37 years tor the icence of lbs classic VRRLERR war trim and now lhal it's B II finally come out there isn't a BMB legless flywg ace in sighi - B
although the way I tly 4 might look kke I've been hating the bonie' a be (This pun appears courtesy ol Carry On Wing Commander, Eakng Stuckos, 1964 - Ed) Reach For The Skies - the game - is a Second World War Might ssn that's got a strategy element thrown n tor good measute - okay. 1 know that, tor the unconverted that sounds like a combination even more hideous lo contemplate than Hale and Pace But hold
® UPPERS Nippy, smooth flight sequences packed with action and a strategy section that's actually worth playing.
® DOWNERS It s
expansive, some ot the graphics are unclear and weedy, there ara strange lulls In tha action and playing Ihe Germans Isn't half as much fun as playing the RAF.
THE BOTTOM LINE
A lot more exciting than most flight aims, it's well worth checking out If you're interested In Ihe genre but usually pul oft ntj ' by manuals of War And XII j;
Peace proportions. UU ;
THE BOTTOM LINE
It's a mite taster A1SOO compared to the
chuggy old 500 or 600, but Irankly not lhal much different when the chips are down.
Cuihli (toeybe) h«s 90I a Baity cold lore.
Rally ail r«m«asber.
Well, it isn’t a very
Ncrei Rill, lor ioo< abicirt rtcioa ihe'd like lo lalu bet dclkci off lor yo«.
good version of Othello. But phwoar, eh lads
I ail rcMCRtxr tbii
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Game: Back Sides Publisher: Emotional Pics Authors: Several people who. lor some reason, only give code names Price: E25.99 Release: Out now
"Stnp Othello1" I'll admit that. when Stuart pressed fiac* Sides into my hand. I <M actually blink Twee
‘Stnp Othello.' he confirmed The idea behind Sac* Sides is actually quite dever Sort ol You know hew. in Othello, you have to Hip counters horn your opponent s colour to your colour1 Well, m Sac* Sides, the counters are replaced by Dies and when you fv them to your colour' they reveal pans ol pactures. the dea being that you've got to earn the nght lo get a good look at the pictures by winning games And. programmers being programmers, the pictures are ol naked ladies Or. at least, ladies that stan off sort ol naked ish and then get more and more naked as you win games and work your way through the difticuRy levels The levels are numbered 1 (terfcousty easy). 2 (completely impossible unless you think each move through lor at least hall an hour before doing it), and. er. that's about as far as I got Sal didn't actually gel to see many
It is quite a novel idea, alter all
naughty bits', eicept a couple that seemed to be poking out by acodent in one o( the Level 1' pictures
My iimked brain power was. of course, largely lo blame But I couldn't help leelmg a little hard done by when every time I misplaced a piece and conceded deleal. I found mysell back on the title screen (after much <*sk accessing) There are no second chances m this game (Wei. you can get around the problem by saving your position, but that's extra hassle ) And. talking ol technical Haws.
Sac* Sides has got plenty more Like the horrendous amount ol disk accessing, which I just mentioned And the Abort' icon, which, it you click on it. does u$ t that - there a no "Are you sure1 Y/N' or anything And the general scrufiness oi the whole thing But presumably the 'girls' themselves are supposed lo make up tor all that So. how do they look1 Well Kale's quite nice, but the rest are a pretty unseemly bunch.
and I'm sure they look much nicer with their clothes on (To be honest. I'd rather have had some nee landscapes unloltkng before my eyes Or some pictures ot famous people Or a Far Side cartoon, which you can only read once you've uncovered all the tiles Or maybe they could have worked some animation into it Anything, really.)
something ol a Ira draco when reviewing a stnp poker game to mark it down simply lor being a stnp poker game, muttenng something about top-shell magazines being much cheaper and having better pictures et Now l wouldn't know about lhal. but I do know that a proper review is mean! to consider the target audience's requirements above those ol the reviewer And i have to assume that there ire people out there lo whom the concept ol a stnp Othello game might seem quite
lilovr Ab4 bere «c in oa th< brisk ol Biaalif
wnvri of ■**« AM Km ton. Ik’ Dr
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appealing It is quite a navel idea, alter all 8ul it ust hasn't been very well done. The Olhelo-playng side ol things works okay, but the base mechanics ire all aver the place And. while the naked ladies might appeal to some quarters, the pictures are a bit toe fuzzy lo be ol much. er. practical use Perhaps a better stnp Othello game will come along one day Perhaps one won't I m not too bothered either way And I wouldn't advise you to be either, even if you're really into both Othello and rude pictures JONA THAN DA VIES
® UPPERS It's actually quite an original Idea tor a game. No. come on. H Is. And It plays i mean game of Othello, which Is at least a major advance on the spectacularly poor card-playing of the list strip game we taw.
Cover Ctrl Poker.
® DOWNERS Needless lo say. the whole nakedness' thing Is. er. questionable.
Bui whether or not It appeals to you la entirely your business. What len t in question, however, is that a minimal amount of time seems to have been spent an making the game work property. Restarting from Level 1 when you lose Oh dear.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Okay, so It probably wouldn't have gal much higher a mark If it did work properly. But Back Sides (apparently the title is an unfortunale 'translation from the Danish word lor flipping things over mishap) seems tar more intent on giving you hassle than whatever it It rtft 2 it's meant to achieve j 11 A
Personally.I hated it. Lu ;
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THE BOTTOM LINE
Would you believe H i\ v i . ,'3 There a an ‘enhanced 1200 version loo. ITS realty good to tee the AGA chip set being put to proper use at last. Not.
Hrapk. In food la ■■■ that, la I He future, •hnjin urill Hill b« rad« aid lecoaildcreM
yea n Ion, but look - a friaadti looking jam la bate a chla-uaj wrih
It’s not a whale
it’s a spaceship. And it has adventures
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Game: Whale's Voyage Publisher: Flair Authors: NEO Software Produktions Price: £29.99 Release: Out now
Where did Ihis one spnng
from’ Can you imagine me shock ol turning up to the Amiga Formal Live show 10 find that there's a demo o< THIS game on OCR games arcade, and none at us had ever heard about it befoie’
What embarrassment m admrtting that, even though we re the most concentrated pool ol Amiga games knowledge ever to be collected in one lemtorced concrete bunker in Bath, this German game uSt seemed lo have slipped by us
Even as we sleep. Shaolm assassins toguised as office cleaners infiltrate software firms that haven't fallen into our twilight world of deceit and deception to
rummage through bms and discarded floppies m the hope of gleaning some prewously-unheard facts
We do this ALL FOR YOU. OUR READERS, but still Dus one crept up on us. Heads w ton for this, and that's lor sure Ever as I wnte. black Mercedes are transporting wide-eyed captives 10 flooded gravel pits all over England "Whal have I done'5' they I ask. as they re thrown into the dark, icy waters But our stafi of disgraced Sumo wrestlers are under strict orders not lo explain to these nwuons why they'll be spending an eternity embedded in muddy sill They tailed the magazine it's as simple as that So whals Whale s Voyage at about then and was it worth the huge loss of personal liberties that we ve inlketed upon our sources’ Answenng these questions in order, its a role-playing'space trading game, and probably nol ll comes on seven disks so it s absolutely huge, but it's also massively inaccessible The game
idmi yoE ■ted lot
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starts with a unique character generation system that involves picking the character's parents, school and further education I kid you not) as well as dubousiy dabbbng with mutagens to alter their DNA and produce extra Strength or ESP powers Fine and slick so lar. but Once you've entered the game, you Imd the ship orbiting a planet with no fuel, no money to buy fuel, and nothing to sell to make a bit ol dosh All you can do is beam down to the planet and once you're dawn in this seedy oty. the game kicks into a 30 run-around Eye & The Beholder-type affair, and m a tasi updating sort ol way. you're ready to begin your adventure But why’ The manual's no help, and the key to the game s hidden annoyingly well My first game consisted of bumping rto people who fold me to “Shut up!" and finding empty shops Eventually, in an alley that I'd passed several ixnes before, a man was being mugged, and once I'd killed the attackers, he rewarded the team with money and gave them a quest Bingo! Into the game at last, and only an hour ol fruitless wandenngs preceding it
Things gel little better alter this The game's based more on adventuring than trading, which seems a pretty hit-or-miss attair. and although there's a 2D space battle bit as well, it iusl seems to have
been thrown there to try and provide a little (let's lace it. much-needed) vanalon This is a huge RPG. and if you're ma Dungeon Master type games, then you'l probably enjoy sinking your teeth into it. as it's all highly polished It's also completely soulless, and never once did I feel at al involved wtlh any ol the on-screen activity When an adventuie game seems as mundane and normal as everyday late, then frankly it’s time to start wondering why i was wntien in the first place MARK W1NSTANLEY
® UPPERS Technically competent. Large and challenging lor diehard adventure fana.
® DOWNERS Very
Inaccessible at llrat. and once you've got Into It, virtually indistinguishable from any other game of the genre. Tha manual's unhelpful In the extreme, and the game lacks atmoaphere to the point of asphyxiation.
THE BOTTOM LINE
This one plays tha adventure game playbook to the letter, and the and result s a product that's entirely competent In every way (graphics, sound, storyline) but uat falls to shine In any respect. It's a wa-consumer product rather kH •
than a game UU ~
® UPPERS Technically competent. Large and challenging lor diehard adventure tana.
® DOWNERS Very
Inaccessible at llrat. and once you've got Into It, virtually Indistinguishable Irom any other game of the genre. Tha manual's unhelpful In the estreme. and the game lacks atmoa phere to the point of asphyxiation.
THE BOTTOM LINE
This one plays tha adventure game playbook to the letter, and the and result s a product that's entirely competent In every way (graphics, sound, storyline) but uat falls to shine In any respect. It's a wa-consumer product rather kH •
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THE BOTTOM LINE
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Pul! Need a dead <h«ap i«cond-Kand ihip Or a at« uhooncr a bargain prk«* Than lki« if V«r man. Me can do you a very food deal on repairs and barnacle-icrapinf, loo.
The Tavern ii utelul lor more than jut! a bit of alcoholic luflicaaocc. Il l a freat place lo recniH a new crew or find out tone bandy trading hints.
This fhafh is your first warehouse. It nay not took much, boi when you own a vail shipping empire you'll looh bach on H all dewy-eyed.
Allergic to the 20th century Then take a trip to the high seas off 124 years ago.
Game: 1869 Publisher: Flair Software Author: Max Design Price: £29 99 Release: Out now
Certain dales ring with historical resonance Everybody knows what they signify, what everts they are connected with 1066 1215 1492 1869 1914. 1967 1984 2001 Er. wail a sec Backtrack a txt there 19671 Okay My birthday wasn't exactly an event of wortd-shatlenng significance But 18691 What the heck happened e 1869i ,fs the year the Suez A Canal opened, and. e< wen f
that's about 4 I think So it's not immediately apparent whal 1869 \
the game is all about especially _ . since ihe game rather contusingty t H opens m 1854
Well, luckily for you I'm here lo tel you that whal it is. m fact, al about is high seas trading One Hick through the 140-plus-page manual leaves you at no doubt aboul that The first hundred pages or so are a detailed history lesson on sea trade m the latter halt ot the 19th century To confirm thrs impression rl's packed with pictures ol ships - schooners, dippers, sieam ships, the tot And apparently. 1869 was a really significant date m shipping I'll take their word for that I've got a job to do here, sa it's slam at Disk A and straight to the aisduelions 1869 is a trading sim. but don't let
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manual hasn't put you off. nothing
will) It s actually a pretty engrossing and complex game lor up lo lour players, il you're into that sod of thing You start owning a shipping line that's got no ships and no slock Not very promising But you do have HL
£700,000 !o spend (a lair lew bob m the 1860s), sc it's nol all 1 -/-"f bad news Sc give your company H a name, decide which major pod you want lo start UUaUUil at and go oft in
search ol a ship, a ~ crew and some slock
RyP3H Aher rhal. the aim ol
- I" the qame s. suite s-m; ,
HjHI to make a profit You do that by buying goods at
one port and selling them at anothet. hopefully at a higher price When you've got enough money you buy more and better ships, and open up branches of your company n other courines (which also gives you warehouses where you can
_ store goods).
earned out using a system swiped straight out Cl Monkey is 'and.
•' - ' ’! ■>. ■ but don't hold
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HlW The choose what you wan! to say from
a 1st' approach works
pefleetly (although the attempts at humour fall a b« Hat) In fact all the control systems are pleasingly straightforward to learn and use. yet sU flexible enough lo keep the game vaned and unpredictable
But just to make sure things don't get too settled the game also takes alto account historical events of the time, which means you have la as well For instance, you'll gel told that the Crimean War is under way This affects you at two
If. a ]Md M«a lo(kick out Ik* political «t*l« of * country before yon coll al ona ol rtl porn.
lifkl: Anyone who call. Ikelr company ttii Onadin Line ii « deeply tad perron
ways You can make a quick profit by supplying arms lo either side but equally you could find yourself napped r the Black Sea when it gels cut off by the British and French
Throw m a few more complications like taxes, ship repairs, paying your wages, cnnl wars, warehouse looting -things like that - and you gel a game that's got enough meat to keep strategy fans chewing over schemes lor a hours Bui siraiegy Ians only. I'm afraid, cos 1869 isn't going to win any converts Despite some decent enough graphics, it's all very static The major news evenis an happen 'oft-screen as do storms, mutinies and lootings - you just get a message flashing up leifcng you what s happened Similarly with the voyages themselves -no animations, no red line appearing on the map. ust the she vanishing Irom one port and appearing in another Visually, it's fairly flat, and you never really feel very involved with what's gomg on.
Good, but (O' strategy converts only • DAVE GOLDER
® UPPERS A fairly
addictive sfrafegy game with Iota going on. li t easy to get Into but atill complex enough lo keep il Intereating. The manual's great If you're doing A-Level history.
® DOWNERS Visually it's a bit yawnaome and you leel loo distanced from the action lor much ot the time. Feeble attempts at humour (Look who a talking. - Ed)
THE BOTTOM LINE
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THE BOTTOM LINE
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Game: Championship Manager '93 Publisher: Domark Authors: Original game by Paul and Oliver Collyer. enhanced by Intelek Price: £25 99 Release: Out now
y daily journey to work lakes a little over nail an hour, and I do quile a tut ol ihmkmg In lhal lime I plan my work lor Vie day and. it I have a review lo wnle. I Iry lo come up with a really ace Idea lor an introduction Introductions are very important in AP reviews Whch is a shame because, despite the 150 mites I've covered since I was hrsl given Champions/)
Manager 93. I haven't been able to come up with a decent intro at all Damn I guess it's going lo have to be one ol those talking about the game a lot' reviews and the team are all goaig to laugh at me tot being so pathetically unimaginative Damn
You won't be astonished to fmd that Champions/) Manager 93 is a loolbail management sim Nor will you be surprised lo find that it's a new and imptoved version ol Champronship Manager The review copy came with a list ol no less than 37 additional leatures Well, actually, it came with a list ol exactly 37 addiiional features and I'm not sure why I bothered lo say it like that. I suppose ■t makes it al sound a bit more exciting
Monty tfi Jail load e< ckjrtj aid Huff. Tkl< aa« ylin yea tail d.Uill al year tqaad aad Irti you pick your laaai
I Ihfik it's time to gel nd ol a lew of the more shallow minded The only sound comes in the form of a folly tune with the intro There is no animation except for some performance bars dunng the progress ol the game There are no match highlighls There is no action of any kind to speak ol It’s about
management, ladies, and planning If you don’t want to think, you won't want to play
Righl, that's got nd ol them There's a qiaek start' option, but quick start options are for wimps We want ti all and we don't care how long we have to wait Whch is a good thing, because setting up the proper version of the game takes about 15 minutes. You choose your own mam characteristic (I decided to be thoughtful) choose your team (Tottenham, ol course, what other team is there’’) and the machine chugs away lot a week and a ha* setting up all the team data and stuff
Ikt ToiUikAB staff, IImr. I icca lo lust afid mhr itin.
Then you play Arrange a lew preseason Inendies. pek your squad, keep an eye on injuries, walch oul lor decent players on the transfer list, accidentaly play Gary Mabbutt in goal (oops, bit ol an oversight lhaf - still, we only lost 1 0, perhaps there s a lesson there for Spurs). Then you gel into the season proper Maiches are played, players ate bought and sold, ihe board lets you know how well il thanks you're doing and the whole thing, despite Ihe apparent lack of action and excitement, is enthralling You can experiment with your squad, change tactics and formation dunng the game, accidentally pul Gary Mabbutt m goal (I can't believe I did lhat). and generally try to be a better manager than the chaps who make R their livings R doing il
One thing that particularly entertained me was Ihe TV teleprinter type results service that started gnrmg me all the results on a Saturday afternoon
toukl check oul my nvals' performances and Ihen pop oul tor a cuppa (just like you do on a Saturday afternoon when you're only interested m your own team s results and are wailing lor Beverly Hills 90210 to come on)
If Ihere's anything you can think of thal you'd have lo do as a looty manager, it's probably In here, with the possible exception ol having a glamorous partner and Irving in a large country house decorated m dubious taste Oh, and you don't have to wear a camel coat, either There's not much m here lor the action Ian. but i! you want something that'll get yer bram going, then k's worth a took I enjoyed myselt immensely and I'm going back lor more I wonder il I should try Gary Mabbutt m goal again • T)U NORRIS
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Domark get back on top form with an ofMhe-pitch footy sim.
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Look, if tob naii a football actioa Aflfe«, Jolff well f o out aad buy Sensible Soccer. Till It a ■AAA9«B«Bf tJai - I be oafy aciioa ia r« foiaf lo i*« it lk«t« ban.
® UPPERS There i
masses ol information, hugs numbers al decisions to be made, and an astonishing attention to detail, n has pretty much all the features you could want Irom a management sim.
® DOWNERS No pretty match highlights to walch. No action, In fact, ol any kind. Not too tail-moving.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Championship Manager 33 is an excellent management elm. Thera's plenty ol competition around Irom the likes of Graham Tayiori Soccer Challenge and Premier Manager. But while II lacks Ihe action scenes ol Ihe former. It's a bil more Involved than the latter, and Is wall
worth considering If you „
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THE BOTTOM LINE
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which It lo tay it * an above-avaraga platlormer which break* away from the llnaar conttrictiont 0< mott gamat ot thi* gam* It * not my partonal favourite platform gam*, but It tur* It a tlna ona and thould appeal to all platform-loving comole-anvying gamaitari out there.
It you Ilk* platformart you'll love It. and you'll atpaclally Ilka thl* 1200 vara Ion. It's tha first gam* Ihal'a mad* ma think. Wow. tha 1200 * not Just (attar - It look* batter too." Hurrah If lutura ralaatat are up to thlt itandard than 1200 owner* everywhere can rejoice, while tha ratt of ut can atari tavlng our pannier • 77M TUCKER
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Wall, I'm going to tay straight away that thl* It probably tha first 1200-tpacific game that I've been I m pressed by.
Aside from tha obvious speed Improvement* to fab Ifl existing garnet, such as Wing Commendet, Legends Ot Valour and Just about any flight tlm that will run on H. Ihera hat been tom* disappointment over so-called 1200 anhancamantt. The only ona with any obvious
differences It 2oof 1200. and opinion It divided over Ihit
§ln the office (Stuart teat It at an Improvement. I think It'* actually last tatlafying than before). Tha enhancement* In Trolla 1200 are immediately apparent. In - ii _ place ol the empty graduated backgrounds ara tom* positively tumpluout parallaxscrolling beauties But white Zooi 1200‘a backgrounds teamed to b* just a scattering of objects vaguely related to each level, those In Trolla Integrate far more affectively Into the action They really ar* cor-wow-lab looking at well. The Fable land's luth rolling countryside Is breathtaking, and Toy level benefits from a perfect sapla-loned backdrop. The animation seems slightly smoother too, with the 1200 obviously handling the scrolling better
Game: Trolls 1200 Publisher: Flair Authors: In house Price: £25 99 Release: Out now
word cute' and requires a whole new adjective lo even come close lo describing Just how cute It really is.
The gltl of the plot is that the aforementioned baby troll* require rescuing from eight different levels. It's not really explained why they're lost In the first place, but I'm sure It doesn't matter because It's really just an excuse for a platform romp of cuddly cute and colourful proportions.
Now, this Is the A1200 enhanced version of Flair's big platform llcenca, and to once again w* coma round to assessing
whether Its ' tt'
in cutesy-wootsy platform land things just teem to be getting cuter all the time. And they don’t gel much cuter than thlt, mat*. Little stubby trolls with cut* hair and even cuter am ilea Jumping around levels full of cute toys and sweets with sweet, toy cutey things all over tha place. And If you thought trolla ware cute, you wait till you tee a baby troll, a creature to cute that it redefines the
/—«\ UPPERS As
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graphics enhance an already highly playable platlormer. Loads ot levels, smooth scrolling and generally all round lurv-ness. Some welcome humour too -1 Still haven't stopped laughing at the surprised elephant yet.
s'* Is laMt lead
DOWNERS Some ot the levels ar* Just too scatty, and the non-linear nature of the game can occasionally detract from the gamaplay.
THE BOTTOM LINE
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SWORD OF SODAN
Publisher: Global Software Price: £7 99 Release: Out now
The thing about the budget pages is that me and Tim have to play masses of games thoroughly before writing a few short passages on each This means we spend far mare hours r front ol a TV screen than is recommended by the local
Marihm .11 a *0i woman inpptd In an anclool world, and hjl.d H who. mao callad Nor kobo' and ‘dnrfln]'.
Optician, generally ust separating the wheal from the chaff As is invariably I he case with the budgie section, we re currently standing (metaphorically speaking, of course) knee-deep m chaft. wi1h about enough wheat tor a small bowl of cereal, or maybe a lew slices ot Hovis Now men. lootungal the pictures dotted around the screen, you could be tooled mto thinking that Ihe dubrousty-lilled Sword Of Sodan is in tact one ot the
gems that's currently (metaphorically speaking, ot course) having milk and sugar poured over il. or nestling under layers ol butler and jam Indeed, this would be a good guess, lor Ihe graphcs are just so bg gusi soooooo big. that you could draw a (rather misguided) Street Fighter 2 comparison in a "Hey everyone, look at the siae ol these characters.
Ihey're nearly as bg as those in Street Fighter 2' sort ot way
Nope (raid not (Tim told us a joke about that, but it's so very poor that we won't mfbct it on you. - Ed) Although it’s masquerading as an arcade adventure, 4's really just a pretty looking beat- em-up with
Publisher: Hit Squad Authors: Electronic Arts Price: £12.99 Release: Out now
it takes ■ totally alien culture (Such as. tha Japanese tor Instance) to not only revere violence, but also to turn It Into an arl form. Manga videos regularly splash gore across today's screens, whereas the cull show of the 80s was the game show Endurance', where beaming members ol public revelled In being tortured In front ot the cameras.
This strange fascination with pain (although completely understandable to me) doubtless stems from the warrior creeds ol the Samurai and Nin a. laaraome 14th century lighters who enforced the ruling warlords' laws wilh ruthless determination, in England, our national heritage consists ot Hit beer, football and soggy fish and chips But In Japan it's eating sushi, silently creeping Into people's bedrooms lo assassinate them, and bashing people In the neck with the fist of your hand. It's as simple as that.
Budokan's a beat-'em-up that goes back to these lofty, ancient principles. If Street Fighter 2 s based
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■tiaighl-lo-vldeo Van Damme movies, then Budokan gets Its Inspiration Irom tha 70s 'Shaclln Death Monk’ type titles that marked Ihe rise Of tha late, great Bruce Lee. Set In an authentic Shaolln-esque temple, you're presented with Ihe options ol practising tour martial arts, having a go at a bit ol tree sparring, or entering the Budokan arena lor a (quite literally) knockout tournament.
The four disciplines are Karate. Kendo. Nunchaku and Bo. and the dullest one by far Is Kendo, which l it waale no more lime * on. Although the guts ot the game Is the
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the practice sessions are pretty neat as they add extra oriental atmosphere and also provide essential practice. Hence the name. Using only t Joystick and lire button, you get your money's worth In moves - 31 different ones tor karate, for Instance, end 34 with the nunchuki. With this many options, you really need lo knew how to work your character, otherwise you’ll and up waggling your joystick muttering "It's a nett control system, this', while your opponent does highly questionable things to your bod.
In fact. It’s a very simple and playable system, with more complex moves being accessed by moving the Joystick, then pressing tire and moving tha joystick again (easier than It sounds) and all the moves look like authentic marllsl arts ones. II you're In a scrape, then there aren't any fire bolts or upside-downy-twirly-splnny-attacks to get you out of
trouble, ust old fashioned realism.
What's disappointing about this is the speed, or rather lick of, that It runs at. Everyone's got used to action games whipping along at brain-frying speeds, but Budokan's progress Is merely pedestrian. This Isn't as much ot ■ problem as it sounds, as It all ticks over fist enough lor you to act and react to your opponent's move. It you shift your locus Irom the game speed to the gemeplay. then there's masses ol fun to be had. especially In the two-player mode. Definitely one lor all you Enter the Dragon' tans.
• UARK W1NSTANLEY
THE BOTTOM LINE
It's tar Irom last and furious (great alliteration, huh ) but it's certainly quite tun. The enjoyment Ilea In learning the moves before trashing Ihe baddies, not just ploughing into Ihe fights. It's good tun. but there's no getllng away Irom It being extremely slow, and Aft Z the disk accessing's a fl < " drag as well. UU *
even prettier scrolling backgrounds The problem is that, with the characters taking so much ot the screen there s very Me space left tor them to (metaphorically speaking, ol course) stretch their legs Pretty much all you can do with your ararnor (male or female), is walk around, swing the sword, kneel, or swing the sword while kneeling The difficulty curve consuls ot kiling people, then killing people while avoiding stationary daps, then moving obstacles, then harder enemies, then tougher trips. and so on So then. ust enough time tor a player's tip - should you ever teel like playing this tedious game Kneel down end press lire as alien as you can It's by tar the best way ot killing baddies Snore. • UARK WINSTANLEY
THE BOTTOM LINE
Great big fat and Juicy graphics do not a tun game make. And they can't hide paper-thin gameplay either. This really Is a big ftft ; pile ot crip. Metaphorically /l S speaking, ot course. LW ■
Publisher: Alternative Price: £9.99 Release: Out Now
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Publisher: Kixx Price: £9.99 Release: Out now
fairies out to rescue their mum from tome bed dude. As ever, this Involves smacking lots ot primary-coloured tunny little btobby craalurea in the leelh until they cry (quite literally, In the case of C
the sharks). So tar so normal, but RodUnd Is a
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For a sun. this Is a game truly deserving at the accoUde (it Ihel'e what h Is) cartoon graphics The graphics aren't particularly big (or, iadeed. hard or clever), but
Hiving been available on the Riving Uad compilation tar quite ■ while, now Isn't your lirst chance to pick up RodUnd el a bargain price. But the tact that you're bothering la raid this review must surely mean that you're one ol the people who haven't Ukan advantage at that chance yet, to I'm going to point you in the right direction. Now H really ought to be enough to tell you that RodUnd le the Number 29 game In our currant AltTime Top 100, but since that would be little uaa at a way ol filling out this review lo the prescribed length, I II have to elaborate further.
RodUnd It a culesy platform game. That much you can tea tor
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leaves almosl every other platformer in the world (tuck el the tUrting galas. Deviously constructed to at to be vary easy lo actually play, but coasUntly tempt you Into trying slightly clever things which promise big rewards but invariably lead to an embanaeelng death, this la a computer game of the old school and no mltUke (Indeed, as I'm land ol pointing out to complete elringere in Poet Office queues lor i oke', It's vary strongly reminiscent of the Mr Do series ol ancient coin-ope. You can check thie theory out tor yourself by searching for a lew months until you find e copy ot the Amiga version ol Mr Do Run Run and playing that, or buying Mr Do llaell on the Game Boy. But that's enough console talk.)
So. RodUnd. It's one ol the lew games lhal I keep In my special safe drawer in the otlice so thit nobody nicks it (along with Sensible Soccer. DynabUafar. Speedbell 2, lit Do Run Run and Asteroids), ind that'* Juit about the highest recommendation I can musler lor anything.
• STUART CAUPBELL
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on the ground with grind overhead swinging actions, and one ol the enamiee Is, In the words ot Tim and Mirk, s mincing sUrflah with a poached egg on his back, who lobs boomerangs it you', whkh Irankty isn't really the kind of thing you'd see walking down the street in everyday life. Bright colours
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An ebialutely gorgeous gems that everybody here adores with all Ihelr heart. Baeutifully designed, superbly executed, and now dirt cheap. Only the AA ; ■lupldeit person In the U / ~ world wouldn't buy It now. UL •
AMIOA POWER JULY 1993
always fail lo win a speedboat or something equally useless DU anyone ever see a contestant win the speedboat’’
I certainly never did
Buliseye may have sunk without trace but Bully lives on Bully's Sportng Darts gives you the chance to score a hole-m-one m snooker, pot the black m enckei. or score a century *i looms (or something like that). Yes. even those ol us who are crap at sport can compete in the eomtori ol our own Amiga
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I think football should be played Bully's way al the time None ol those lancy kits and telephone number salaries - games should be won or lost on the Ihrow of a dart Think oI all Ihe money dubs would save on all-weather pitches The only problem is lhal I slill can t gel Liverpool 10 thrash Arsenal Got to keep trying I suppose
Some spoils I've nevei seen the point ol. Take golf I used la walk my dog across a goil course I risked my hie every
tvne You walk around an expanse of grass, hitting a white ball with no idea where it's going to go Most golfers onfy shout a warning when the ball's heading straight lor you But this is mote like it No wind, no ram and no windows to break I even got a lew holes-in-one. I could even get la like it
There's snooker, cncket and tennis to try as well Cnckei goes on tor ever it both you and your opposition are rubbish II you're batting, you have lo scoie over 40 wrth three darts lo score any runs. Simple But il you re the team who are fielding, you have lo hei the buliseye twice to gel the other learn out. I was in bai lor hour before we called a truce
From the point ol view of someone who had a dartboard set up at their room
(or mosl of then childhood. th«s is nothing like playing the real thing. That’s why we play this sort ot game I’m rubbish at the “ real stuff, bul al snooker suns I can hold my own Bully's Sporhng Darts is rainy afternoon lun, and bniiiam lo play with your males when you re too lired lo go out I’ve only one Ihing la say Super, smashing, lovely - jus! look what you could have won • SARAH TANSER
THE BOTTOM LINE
Bully's a lot better lor your health than playing darti In a amoky pub. There's even Bound the old Joanna muilc for true Eaatendera atmosphere. It's brill for learn Championships, though cricket It Impossible If you're not very good, and some of the games gel a bit monotonous after s *1 ft ~ few rounds. But a bit ol Bully' does you good. U “
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means that (here's never any shortage familiar to players and hence in danger
of other cars to encounter - even II you streak away from ihe pack, you're still going to come scrota back markers that you'll need lo lap. With this game (at wllh Jaguar;, after Ihe first 30 ■econds or so or every race, opposing racers ire sighted about once a minute, and you don't half get lonely.
Lotus 2also sutlers from a falling common lo sequels. Often, sequel writers, faced with Ihe problem of programming a game theft very like Its predecessor and hence very
of being too easy for them to play, have to make it more difficult in deeply unsatisfactory ways. In Lotus 2. this problem manifests itself in some realty annoyingly narrow tracks after the first couple of courses, which force you lo either drive tediously slowly (and whet s the point of that If I want to drive realistically and slowly. I ll go for a trip on the bloody M2S. This is a computer game), or reduce the race to a ridiculous kangarooing series of bursts ot speed followed by grinding halts. The alt-but-unavoidable water puddles and oil slicks on later courses don t help matters here either.
And then there’s the passwords Dogged persistence win see you complete most courses here in half-e-doren attempts at the most. That
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Bit ot a sacred cow, this one. There are many people out there who'll tell you that this is the Amiga's best driving game of all time, a fad that I can only attribute to the fad that Titus’ immense Crsiy Cars J hardly sold any copies so nobody knows how comprehensively superior It is. But anyway.
It you've played either Lotus 3 or Jaguar XJ220. you’ll be extremely familiar with the state ot things here. There are sight courses to race down, eech divided into a number ol stages rather than requiring a set number of laps. In my sntirsty subjective opinion, this Is the game's first mistake - the
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Publisher: The Hit Squad Price: E9 99 Release: Out now
Very sneaky, isn't it. the way Hit Squad games have suddenly sneaked up (font £7 99 to £9 99 with no warring1 A 25">-price rise in these days ol less than 2\ mltatior isn t anything to make a song and dance about, I suppose Or is rt1
The Cycles is an ollen-overlooked competitor in the Red Zone/Team Suzuki/tJo Second Pnze Iwtd ol reasonably senous-maided motorbike racing games It dates Irom the earliest days ol Amiga gaming, but unusually, that doesn't mean it's completely crap What we have here a m lad a surprisingly accessible and playable Sim. win live skill levels providing a chaienge tor just about anyone (at the easiest level I was winning races easily wrthn 10 minutes ol loading the game up lot the lust time, but on the middle level il look me halt a day lo complete a course without blowing my bike up) The graphics are actually spnte-based. and while they're pretty simplistic they do the Ob more than adequately, and there's even room for some mce touches, like the crashed opponents you occasionaly come across
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lying at the side oI the track There's not really an awtul (04 to say beyond that, save that there aie 15 international tracks to race on. you can customise most ol the important vanabies (like the number ol taps in a race, the class ol bike you're nding. and all that kind ol stuff), you can nde single races or a World Championship affair, and that, playing this at the end ol a horrible deadline week when everything that could go wrong did go wrong. I actually erioyed myself. Well done The Cydes, that's what I say.
• STUART CAMPBELL
THE BOTTOM LINE
Given Its age. this Is s surprisingly nifty bike sim. It's a lot more playable than either Red Zone or Teem Suzuki, but miles behind No Second Prize. Wall worth a shot.
We set the standards We break the records.
Widely accepted as the most accisate football simulation available. FOOTBALL TACTICIAN 2 has taken the strategy scene by storm Record after record is being broken
* Biggest ever mJh-iaer system 143 to 46 users1 (who said ton was the kmt'h Mow with now rating system reflecting managers' abdty and achievements
’ Frsl ever tuey interactive management game vilerveno at any lime ditag a match to change laches make substitutions adust formation or mark players ‘ Most accirate player detention 30 parameters acfudng real ages aptitudes, skits, caps, playing positions fitness. morale and market valuation ‘ Most accurate teams 20-player squads updated EVERY WEEK' If your game shl ksts Oes (Vaster at Forest or Eric Cantona at Leeds, then it an t Footbal Tactician1
* Largest results database 21290 match results and league positrons gomg back 20 seasons al nstantty retrievable AM of which may be prated out
‘ Largest ever tecordng options 36 matches always recorded Ft FULL lot aslant fuk scate replay plus selected FtEAL matches that actuaty took place a real He
* First ever referee nvolvemont true to He behaviour Beware of adoptog rough tactics when Am Parker a a charge1 The message a clear know your refs
* Fastest ever settag-up time ntial start up a less than two seconds, thanks to 900K of super-fast machae code Smoothness of action a FT2 s halmark
* Most accurate editor btht-a atmtrve editor capable of enlerag new players and fae-tunag at parameters Essential for the serious user
* First ever simulation capable of replayng REAL matches Lex the Leeds- Rangers clash a the Eiropeon Cep)
* Frsl over Scottish only emulation FT2 Scotland now available separately
FOOTBALL TACTCian s tt» frst ever management gam* that nckjdoe strategy as an ntetyal pert ol a auxesstti campaign Team selection. needeas to say remane a cntcai dement But the BIG movation a your nvolvement durng the match lor the test ttfno aver you wil. as a manager bo able to alter yoir strategy choose a dolenwve cr oltenwve system mark cerlam opponents drop beck some cl yotr players il the pressure s tough decide exactly when stheMutcns ahodd be mode play the oft ade trap go for quck coulters etc With hA on-screen commentary and mnute by-mnute feed-back. you re as evolved n the match as any ot you payers You w4 soon reotee thal the a no orcknary soccer manager This e the REAL THUG You're n charge You manege you ade belore and dung the match Nothng a alt to chance Can you rae to the chrJtenge1 Try FOOTBALL TAC1IQAN and prepare youaefl for the dimato loolbal experience
wouldn't be such s problem rl you didn't gat s password sftar each track, which means thst you'll probably get to the end ol the game Inside a day. And bacausa Lotus 21s goal-based rather than an on-going challenge, once you ve saan the and you'll faal vary little compulsion to play it again.
All these niggles are a real shame, because the basic driving engine In Lotus 2 Is lovely - It you're skidding out on a corner, cutting your speed really does put you back In control, and you d be surprised how many other racing games neglect this seemingly obvious principle ol driving. H looks great, loo - Lotus 2 pioneered the now-ublqultoua weather effects, and the tores! and desert stages In particular are a reel picture.
At the end of the day. though, this ust doesn't cut H any more. Lotus
I Is slmpisf. purer and more tun. Super Hang-On Is more demanding end challenging, end Crazy Can 3 leaves It gasping lor speed, controllability, grephlce. sound, plot, thrills and everything else. And Crazy Cars 31* going lo gat relaunched ■gain very soon as ■ Lamborghini tie-in. Don't mlet It this time round.
• STUART CAMPBELL
THE BOTTOM LINE
Seemed good In Ite day, but Lotus 2 le strangely lacking In charm when you load it up now Still lir Irom a bed buy for a tanner, but for low-price racing you'd do a lot betler to eearch out Super Hang-Cr.. or indeed the wonderful Lotus 1.
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* Intebgent behaviour ol computet sides capable ol changng laches to respond lo Situation on the field or makag substitutions based on fitness and fatigue
* Three levels of commentary from hrghkghls only to bat by bat reporfag Pka md-week transfer and fitness news
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'MY MUM MOANING AT ME'
Deal AMIGA POWER.
Please, you've go( lo help me' I'm goeig to crack if l don't say something about my problem soon' I suffer from (and there may be several others out there like me) an affliction called FTGAGS or Far Too Good At Games Syndrome' At this point you'ib probably thinking that I'm boasting about my excellence. but unfortunately I'm being deadly senous I've been playing computer games tor so tong that my rellexes have become Imely tuned and. as a resul, any surprises which a game spnngs on me are soon dealt with all too quickly. This poses a majOi problem as every nme I buy a new game I usually Imtsh it within a lew days ot buying it. resulting in my mum moaning at me (as it's usually her money I spend] and me being bored as I've finished my latest source ot entertainment For example I boughl The Chaos Engine on your lecommendalion and completed it last night. usi three days alter buying it - so that's another 26 quid down the drain The problem's worse on my SNES. as the games are £45 each'
Ive listed my many games and how long it took me to do them, but leel liee to edri it (Thanks, Wfl dd - Ed)
Thu ksl DOES go on. but I think you can see my point by now At £26 a game. I can't atfard to gel a new game every week, so this leaves me bored and depressed It you've any advice, if would be well accepted by me. but please don’t tell me to go out mote and get a life, as I ve lots of friends, both male and lemale. and I'm NOT a sad man who sits mside and counts the number ot keys on an Amiga keyboard I don't want to turn lo piracy though, and anyone who suggests 1 should be severely punished Thank* a lot, Martin Mather*.
Now this might well be the programmers' faults lor putting these features mm the first place, but they have to cater tor players ot at atxkbes. alter al Passwords and continues and suchlike aren't really meant tor the hkes ot you. Martin - they're tor the hide boys and gals. Gel oft the swings, why don tcha
'THEY'VE BEEN BUGGING ME'
Dear AMIGA POWER I love your magazine and have a lew questions tor you
1 Is Streets Ot Page coming out on the Amiga (No. - Ed)
2 Will there be a Simpsons con-op on the Amiga (Don be sJty. the weight'd crush it - Ed)
3 When is Super Here coming out1 (later - Ed)
4 Will there be a Championship Version' ot Street Fighter 2lot the Amiga
(No. - Ed)
Please answer these questions cos they va been bugging me lor ages From Gary Halliday. Bolton.
'ANOTHER WEEKEND WITH THE GIRLFRIEND'
This is not a letter about pirates I've never pirated any software m my Me. despite numerous otters Item trends lo cure me of my scruples and latent honesty (Pardon Latent' honesty - Ed) No. I’m writing about the appalling lack ot quality control that software houses exerose over the product that leaves their copying lactones I have just had lo spend another weekend with the gutlnend instead ot making use of the Ime piece of equipment lhal stands on my desk I purchased a new game on Friday only to discover that
the £2S outlay was a deposit on one that I might get. lhal might work, sometime m the near future I buy a lot of full pnee games In fact. I’ve bought over 30 in the last year and of these. I've had to return eight to the retaker due to disk faults.
Surety, d's not much to ask that when I spend my hard earned cash on a game. I‘ve got better odds than fouMo-one that Ihe damn thing vnl work I hope that I'm atone in this, but tear that I am not.
1 can imagine that if I was sti at school, and was returning to the playground on Monday morning with thu tale of woe. I would be sorely lempted lo say 'Stuff the manufacturers, let s have a copy of something I know wil work * I don’t condone tins, but i do understand the frustration ol rearing a review (in AMIGA POWER, of course), waiting tor the game to gel into the local shop, taking it home, making my back up copy, loading the game and then getting a software failure' message Hashing up
It must now be time lor the software houses to take responsibility tor their piodud leaving the ladoty m an acceptable and usable condition - the message at Ihe back ol most manuals telling you to take the game back to the retaler should become a thing ol the past I don 1 even ask tor a reduction in games prices, as compared lo Ihe consoles, video tapes, CDs etc, they're remarkably good value lor money - it they work'
My final pool - this teller was typed using a copy of Data's excellent Mtortfwtvffi 2wNch I’ve had no problems with Nor have I had any difficulties with any of ihe other serious software I've ever used m my "work life' My pant is that it these product* can have a near-period quality level, why can t it be done with games that sei by the lorry-load to a much wider and tar more tickle audience
I’d be interested what anyone else thinks about this sublet.
Your* faithfully. John Shanley. Braintree. Essex
There's nor much we can add to this, to be honest It's undoubtedly true that some software houses short-change the buying pubhc by using poor-quaMy media. But what can you dot Stop buying their games Hardly kkely. s if Someone brings out some realty sexy new game, but the last thing you bought from them aMril work - are you going to pass up the new game in protest'’ Ot course not Thing ts, it's just a tact ot corporate He What a society wekveln. eh
'LET ME BE YOUR MONKEY'
Dear AMIGA POWER.
So there I was. clutching my AMIGA POWER 25 and sakvatmg - nay. loanvng - at the mouth at the sight ot Ihe Amazonian Pnncess-Siepharxe-type on the cover, thinking to myself. 'Yeah honey. I ■ do anything - just let me be your monkey!" Then It struck me What’s a groovy chick Hie that dong in a place like thu1 Apart. Ot course. Irom perpetrating a massive tack of twsloncal verisimilitude -our giant reptilian Inends onfy existed between the Tnassic and Cretaceous period (between 230 and 135 mkkon years ago) and thus could never have crossed paths with a lemale ol our speoes There's also the very real tad that ihe most basic and elementary existence of such a pneumatic Russ Meyenan love-cake Ultra Vixen could never be recreated ■i less than lull cinerama 4D virtuality leelyvision - anything less would be just a cheap giveaway demo. The lad that this a a cheap giveaway demo is beside Ihe pant We al r this Me have to cut our
-f Hmm How about get a/ob i it sounds Me you've got tar loo much spare time on your hands Seriously, though. ifS a fair pomt -_ at £26 and upwards a throw, it s not a unreasonable to expect a decent amount
. ot kte out at a game However, it does * sound to me tike you re unnaturally a talented - three days to get through The Chaos Engine a pretty goodgomg by 4 anybody s standards Unless, ot course.
_ you're using the password taokty to the 2 M and so on. Frequently, people who 4 complain about linrshmg games too easily
are dorng It by usmg dozens Ot continues.
Oor usmg passwords to pick oft a
defenceless game a ime tvt at a time, and that 's as good as cheating m my book
FULL PRICE GAME
'LOST TO WOODEN SPOONS'
Dear AMIGA POWER.
At on many Saturday afternoons. I sat down In front ol Ihe TV lo watch the sport. I was just In time to hear that England had lost the one-day International against Sri Lanka by a humiliating 8 wicket*! So I Ihought that we d at least win the rugby, but I couldn't believe H, i found that
we'd lost to those wooden spoons' ol last year - Ireland! What can we English do Our country's In a state of recession and we can t play sport to save our lives.
Than I thought about my computer and the software houses, and what a great job they're doing with gamei, such as Wizkid, Body Blows. Sensible Soccer S3 and The Chaos Engine. While I'm at It, I'd also Ilka to compliment you on the quality of your mag. with such great reviews and features. So, congratulations lo you and the software houses, and keep up the good work.
Your* sincerely, Simon Libovitx,
Blimey, a happy reader. Quick, give him one ot our lop prizes, somebody. Sycophants please note.' this approach doesn 't always work. But It's worth trying.
NOTHING AT ALL
'THINGS STARTED GOING A BIT FUNNY'
Dear AMIGA POWER,
I've been researching the (acta, and clinical lean show that you people are becoming right tightwad*, or something. I remember when lucky readers usad to win up to £100 worth of software - ah, those were the days Then, around Issue 12. things started going a bit funny. First of all you started giving people specific game*, and then things started to go weird. In recant Issues wa ve seen:
• a Psychiatric Help winner
• a Thump In The Mouth winner
• a Burnt Union Jack winner
• a Bos ol Kleenas winner
• three Sloppy Kisses winners and
• one Grass Seed winner.
What the... ! Have I missed something WHERE HAVE ALL THE PRIZES GONE Sure, there have been a lot of dull, pointless letters, but there have also been some really good ones that never won a thing (No (here havani. - Ed).
I reckon you should start giving out GOOD prises to people who write in with Interesting, entertaining letters.
So there. Umm... (oh. ha's dug his own grave there, sports fans, if he asks for a prize now, they're Just going to say EXPLETIVE OF YOUR CHOICE off. but If he ust says nothing, they might not take the hint. This really is gripping stuff...)
What the hell. Howza bouta prize lor offering a constructive suggestion to your mag Yes No Well, It's worth a try.
Your* just-plaln-old-faithfully, Josh Addison, Auckland. New Zealand
fiuf Josh, your name’s In AMIGA POWER to often you practically work here - surety you don t want a prize as wall at a lob Talk about greedy.' Seriously, we will be giving away more atuft In future - but not thla time.
Cloth accordingly and here we have another fantasy shool'emup that's ust no! the job n hand
I remember as a kid the TV ad with the line 'Is it real, or is it Memorer5' depicting a wine glass being shattered by a recording of Elia Fitzgerald In this scenano. the hne would have lo be 'Is it real or one ol those dodgy no-name cassettes that they sell down the market lor a quid’5' Thigh-length latex boots aside, the bog-standard Amiga just isn’t ready lor Anthemis - she seems loo al-consuming, too voluptuous, too TOO1 for the architecture to render her justice
So come on Lonciei. give the masses what they want and don't let spntes like this out of the design office until they get up to scratch II you re going lo market a product using cheap exploitative sexist gimmicks that pander to the lowest and most basic masculine character traits, then al least try and do it well Michael O'Keefe. Whiston. Merseyside
PS Could you tmd a way lo get me the illustration model s phone number and a lull size colour print ’ Purely lor raseaich purposes, you understand. Oh yeah and I think your boots are cute. Lisa
You're one of Mark s thends. aren't you “>
'I'VE HEARD RUMOURS'
Dear AMIGA POWER.
I've heard rumours that a sequel to Sensible Soccer entitled Sensible Work!
Of Soccer will be released II you've any more news about ii. please tell me.
Also, are there any cheats tor PmbaB Dreams - because I rea iy want lo get a decent score on it.
Youre. Patrick A Barry, East Sussex
Yes. there w\t be a Sensible sequel, but that s about at there ts to know at the moment Welch this space etc As hr your other Question though, don't you think you're missrng the poet a tiny ante be’ It you use a eheal mode, you WON T BE GETTING A DECENT BLOODY SCORE. BECAUSE YOU'LL HAVE BEEN CHEA TING‘ I cant take much more of this. I realty cam
'I FIND IT HIGHLY UNLIKELY'
Hello and Congratulations on your Silver Annrversary.
I'm gong lo start by wnting about the
things that haven’t improved over the last years For starters you seem to have lost the sing you had xi the first year Nowadays I don't see bg names get the enheism they deserve when they bring out a bad game Instead it seems that most ol the games you review gel raied m the high 80s or 90s Walker Body Blows. A-Tmn. Sieepwetiar Flashback, Desert Strike and on. and on and on I'm not saying I hat these al deserve a SO*, mark, but I lind it highly unkkely that so many 'great games can come out in three months (Why
Who ever said that good games had to come out one at a hme - Ed)
Not to torget Legends Of Valour, a game that sinks even on a fast PC I mean, you gave Wing Commander 55% because it s so slow, despite the great idea behind it. and Legends Of Valour 88*:ilor a great idea despite being slow But smee this s only one ol the two games I totally disagree with you about (the other
berg Rainbow islands - oops. I ll never get this pnnted now), who cares
I’m not asking you lo enhase a game just lor the hell ot it. although it is much more tun lo lead reviews ol games that gel 12%. but >t seems lo me mat r your fvst year games had lo be really good lo make it inlo the 80s. Surely you re not saying games have got so much better thanks to your Influence’5
Anyway, vriiat about changing the bonng AMIGA POWER spre message that repeats every 12 issues nio something kke AMIGA POWER - THE MOST LfTTERLY BRILLIANT MAGAZINE WITH ATTITUDE ON THE FACE OF GOO’S WHOLE WIDE WORLD-5 Thai should keep you going lor a while
That's H Irom me i wish you all the best lor the next 25 issues see you at (he Golden Anniversary and beyond Dletmar Kremsr. Herne. Germany
Sorry to. er. dsappomt you. Dtetmar. but the lacl is that at ot the games you mentioned smpfy ARE reeky good it's always the way - you wait ages for a decent game, then half a dozen come along al at once We dd say that Legends Of Valour is slow tut-screen mode, but it speeds up dramatically it you cut the window size down a brf And you should see it on the A1200 - wow1
The tact is, nothing s changed at AMIGA POWER - you SbS have to impress us pretty severely to get mto the top 20 percent But recently there ve been a slew of top-quaity games, and it'd be nrkcutous of us to pretend there hadn’t just for the sake ot appearing 'hard'
Using Ihe time-honoured lashion ol numbered questions
1 What has happened to ihe word genre"5' In ihe halcyon days ol AP. when men were bold, women were gorgeous and pouting, and editors were tat. you couldn't read more than a paragraph without encountering al leasi a dozen ’genres' It's clear lhai ihe phrase has gone hurtling out ol lashion and lhal the time is nght lor a new in' word My vote is lor nonda' which is. as wa all know. Ihe
'A SEVERE BEATING'
The other day I was on a bus when I heard two young boyi arguing about which computer mag It best. One thought AP was good while the other thought Amiga Formal aupertor. The ditcutalon toon became healed end a fight broke out. It wet ■ close contest but the lad aupportlng AP waa definitely ahead on pointa when I Intervened.
’’Boys," I said, 'what do you think you're doing When I wet a lad Ihera weren't any computer magi, no computer*, no TV, and if you wanted music you had lo sing. You just don't know how lucky you are."
I think thla kind of violence I* Indicative of today'* society. In years past. If you had a fighl then the local bobby would tkelp you about the head. You thought twice about lighting again. I can tall you. At school, lateness, disrespect and apaaking out of turn all resulted In a severe bailing. Yet there waa none of the violence which la so common In today 's schools.
All we hear from today's youngsters Is that there's
nothing to do Put them lo work, that's whai I say. When I wae 12,1 lefl school and cleaned chimneys lor a living, and It hasn't done me any harm. I fought In the wir for today s youth, wall, tha Cold War anyway Well, once I had a snowball light with a Russian exchange aludanl. and I would've won If he hadn't hidden behind a wall.
The reason I'm telling you all this is lo Introduce a new argument Into the causes ol violence debate. Computer gamaa. television and films ire not to blame -it's the Idiot politicians who keep prattling on about 'Victorian values' Every night loma politician la on the news wittering on about subject! they know nothing about. Your reaction 'I'd love to smack his lace in,* and Ihere we have It, violent thought. Thera la a direct correlation between the Increase in viewing time given to politician! and the Increase in violence.
Youre struggling lor new Ideal, Ian Hitch, Dundee, Aged 24, tingle, unemployed, hacked oft, and making a vain attempt to double tha AP mailbag
PS Matt promlsad me £50 ol software. Mark tailed to deliver and Linda receives stupid letters. It's not lair, but that's life. Speaking of which, I have a turnip whose ehape you wouldn't believe.
Wa apoka to Mark Ramahaw about your allegatlona. tan. and he aatd 'What, do I look tike a poatman " And he dfdn t realty, ao we let him off. But we II tend you your software this time, honeai - you tee It we don't
AMIGA POWER JULY 1993
AMIGA POWER JULY 1993
I AM THE GEOLOGIST AND YOU ARE MY OUARRY
Funny tills, huh I thought so - n lad when I tir&l read it, I laughed so hard I puked Down my nose We've all got lo lhank Dave lor that little drop ol humour m a sea ol dismal, bleak, grey drabness, so all you people who write in to ask exactly what Dave does on the magazine now know He makes us laugh That's hts joh (Ei not malty My technical fib description is Production Editor Making people laughis.. how shall I put this - a beneficial side effect - Dave)
But lei's gel on with the show The compo was set m oh 24 (page 97 m lad) and was lo win a rather sooooper Panasonic portable stereo CD thmgy, and lots ol copies cl that almost infinitely cute game Chuck Rock 2. In a fascinating A splay ol cooperation. Tim wrote the compo. Lisa designed the page, and Dave (him agam) checked it lor typo errors, as is hts wont And this i$ me. Mark, amouncng me winners Hi'
Right. As lots ol people knew, Vasquez shouted "Let's Rock1" m the classic movie Aliens. Charfce Brown was called Chuck by Peppermint Patty in the Peanuts Cartoon, and the first verse ol Fraggle Rock went something like this:
Dance your cares away.
Worries for another day.
Let the music play.
Down ai Fraggle Rock
Well dial's enough of me showing oh my obscure media references - let's gel pompous. And AP said "LET THERE BE WINNERS'"
This lucky guy got the CD player Ian McCue. Rutherglen Glasgow
While ai these hne fellows got a copy ol Chuck Rock 2
William Columbine. Cullompton Sam Simpson. Bridgewater Darren Moore. Liverpool Terry Midi, Bromuard Daniel Winch. Gravesend Andrew Clarke, Atherstone Paul Slanifonh. Stevenage Ian Price, Milton Keynes Ian Purcell. Belfatl Richard Gregory. Newcastle
edible fruit ol a rosaceous Queensland tree Here's hoping it joins I he Just nous gadgi'. genre' and heliotrope' You heard il here last
2 In defence ol the Policy Ol Truth II someone plonked A-(Vain on my lap. it'd be a warm day «i Minsk before I'd even consider playing it. no matter what the reviews say Only a complete nonda would play every game they came across because everybody has a style oI game they loathe It's as simple as that
3 Fnaly, long live Samt Stuart Campbell and his icviai captions Double ha wages and accede to his every whm Give the boy what he wants This man's reviewing ability is second to none, and he's a great role model for any young ktos out there Whal a guy1
Yours sincerely. Graeme Cluskey. Anfield
You don't toctme Graeme'. You're Stuart s gran again, aren't you
'PLAIN STUPID AND UNHELPFUL'
Dear AMIGA POWER.
I’ve been reading your mag lor some time now. and overall think it's pretty mpressme However. I'm confused by the On The Other Hand column that appears occasionally in some reviews Which ol the two totally afferent and contradicting views are we supposed lo trust'5 Is this column written to confuse me on purpose (Yes Specifically you - Ed) Whal s the point of a Take, for example, the cute arcade adventure thang. Dpfo Dan. which appeared m the August issue. I think This review dearly illustrates two confiding points of view.
Is there a secret turmoil behind the scenes amongst the AP crew5 Has the pressure ol being Bntam's premier Amiga magazine (malty got to you5 Or are you US! bexig plain stupid and unhelpful I thought the mam purpose ol computer games mags was to provide a fully comprehensive guide lo tail the readers which games lo buy. Okay, so your Bottom Line' section helps me with this, so why have On The Other Hand'
Your* In anticipation. David Hickey. Taunton, Somerset
Oh no1 Rumbled' The secret AP behind the-scenes turmoil revealed lo the world' In tael, we aB absolutely hate each other here at AP -that cunmrgly constructed facade ot chummy comradeship is just a front tor the day-to-day tuckering and backbiting that« our tot In irte You should see how much we edri the .On The Other Hand boxes before we can print them -'Actually I disagree with that clueless gun-fetish prat Vfinstaniey completely' 'The Scottish gt doesn t know whal he's talking about", and other phrases to that effect
'I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND'
Dear AMIGA POWER.
I absolutely loua AMIGA POWER, but n ssue 21 when you reviewed Alien Breed 92,1 didn't understand how you can say "Hudson, run a bypass' and 'Let s Rock1' at each other I really like this game, and would kke lo know how lo do this From Neal Boolh, Cannock. Staffordshire
Over lo reviewer Mark tor thus one "Oh dear, oh dear I'm afraid, Neal, that you're
kvmg proof that computers can stifle imegmefion and creativity The idea was that white playing the game, you and you friend indulge in hard-sounding. Nm-dialogue-influenced banter to heighten the atmosphere Try it, Neal - you might fnd that rt reefy d possible to eryoy yoursed without being spoon led pre -digested entertainment by your computer You sad. sad person"
'I HAD TO SAY GOODBYE'
Dear AMIGA POWER, i need some advice about my Amiga I've recently upgraded from a C64 to an Amiga 600. One of my mam reasons tor upgraAng was because my C&s broke down and i deeded to move up in the world I read m an Amiga mag that it's possible to load C64 games Irom tape into (he Amiga through a sound sampler and a C64 emulator, which is available or PD Anyway, lo gel lo the point fs it possible to transfer C64 games from tape to Amiga Asks using the loots I’ve jus) described5 II not. what additional hard and software da I need ta accomplish this I'd be grateful for any advice you could gve me. because it would be a great shame il I had lo say gooctoye to many labulous games from my old C64 Yours sincerely. Chris Aiad. London
You CAN gel old C64 games running on your Amiga with a C64 emulator, Chns. but it's so slow (and not too hot when a comes to anything other than BASIC) that it s more or less a complete waste of 6me I d spend 20 quid or whatever on getting your C64 («ed and enjoy the best of both worlds, rf I was you *
AND ANOTHER THING...
I collect Trolls, and I have a clown, a chef and a Christmas carol singer. Little cute-Ustlc people or whall Alex Costello, aged 16, London Do any other readers have Interesting hobbies or pastimes they'd like to share with us If so. please don't Thanks.
In APIS I had a letter published and was promised £50 of software. Can I have It now please Go on. you know you want to give It ta me.
Ian Rllch, Monlllalh, Dundee Look, we re doing h now, okay
Did you know that the proleaaor of obstetrics and gynaecology at King's College Hospital, London is called Sluart Campbell
Simon da Rival, Chaltanham
No, but It you hum It, we’ll - no. that's not right
Disks don't fly as well these days, do they A couple ol years back they would go at least 20 metres (Sim City reached 2SI) but now the meal you can lob them is 15 — outrageous!
Tlmon Wright, Holmes Chapel
Yap, more evidence ot the poor-quality disk scandal. It's a
I know It's a small point, but on the Intro pages, could you shift the 3 by 3 block of screenshots across a column to the left At the moment it gets lost dawn Ihe crack In the magazine's middle. It'ejuat not very aesthetically pleasing. Paul Graham, Enfield
But then where would we put the list ot contents
I thought I'd wallow In smarmy know-all-ness and tell Mark
Wlnstanley that I know tha line ol Ihe Top Cat theme tune that comes after "Close friends get to call him TC' It goes, and this is gospel: 'Pro-vl-ding H e with dignity."
So there you have il - yet another one of those forever daunting questions answered.
Matt Bloor, Thundarmley, Essex Now we know Thanks, Uatt.
My dad uat got 150,163,130 on the Psrtyland table ot Pinball Fantasies. I just wrote to tell you.
From Christopher Calms, Age 9, Cumbernauld Thanks, Chris.
PS This Is another letter in my campaign lo gat the £50 ol software I won In AP16. III can afford the stamps and have enough paper I will continue until ustlce has been done. Ian Hitch, Monifleth, Dundee Look, ITS IN THE POST, ALRIGHT
Lkmheart Is hard drive Installable and has an option for a two-button oystlck. Can this be true Yes. someone out there does care about playability - nice one Thalionl I bought Uonheart lor these two reasons alone, as well ae Ihe led that you guys gave It a great ravlew.
Kurt Cranson, Lansing, Michigan Yeah, nice one Thallon That's what we say.
Could you tell me H any of the following games are coming
oul on the Amiga The games ara Super Tiny Toons. Micro
Machines Jungle Strike, Tax Mania, NHLPA Hockey. Super
Star Wars and Mickey's Magical Quest
Yours, Edward Phipps, Milton Keynes
No, Yes. Maybe, No, No, No and No. Look. Edward. If you
wanted to play SNES games, why didn't you buy a SNES
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LCD DREAMS FIGHTING WARRIORS + TEXAS CHAINSAW
MASSACRE ♦ CLI-TRIS
The similarities are striking. Both are created in teenagers’ bedrooms. Both are created on computers. Both are enjoyed by large cult followings. So, today we ask: ‘Is PD killing rave music ’ Ex-NME journalist* Dave Golder investigates.
LCD Dreams might sound Hie something you buy al a rave, but the truth could hardy be more horntoty rfcffarenl. In what some right-wing politicians have ealed an mdom move and ravers are daimng is
N.Hal li tmt ant mksS M ml M be.
the uftmate rip-otl d then ideals, this lotaly mtsleadng tide conceals lour programs that are total and complete crap They re the computer gamng equivalent ol those horrible plastic skdey puzzle things, or the ones where you have to gel ball-bearings mo holes cul in a piece ol cardboard. Each a keyboard controlled, and nvotves movmg something left or right lo catch something else or avcwd something else.
The graphics are awtii and hnl that the games might be anted at realy young kids But that's no excuse.
VERDICT: The title Is an obvious cash-In on tha rave scene (Pardon - Ed), but don't be fooled. It should mors b accurately be called Dandy Fun Tima
m RATING: **♦
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
Is II sny wonder that the yool ol today Is turning Ha collective back on all-night partying whan thara't subversive, post-modern software with mors Ihan a hint ol the kind ol prolo-sntagonlsllc. cutting socioFreudian edge ol ths punk movement available Wall call me an old Bob Dylan Ian. but yaa.
Taking a cult horror movie and turning It Into a game may seem like a right-on Idea, but whan the actual gama la about at playabla (and ottanslva) ai Bucks Fizz singing Clift Richard a Christmas Collection. H's a shaky foundation lor any sort ol massive youth culture uprising.
You gel an overhead view of a tiny map (about tour times the size of the screen), you gat a chalnaaw-wlaldmg maniac lo control and you gat a series ol victims lo practise topiary on.
The victim* all land la appear in the same place* (wall, victims In horror movie* ara always pretty thick) and. basically, H's about am gripping as listening lo a 12-inch lachno remix ol tha Uaatermlnd thama tuna.
VERDICT: Thli Isn't going lo keep the kids away from raves II wouldnl keep I Sam away Irom a Barry llanllow concert. HATING: **
imagine all the
backgrounds lot playing the reasons lor you ve gal taking a Utah Sants down until all you've got is old Human League song insleadOTthe other way around
It looks impressive the animation is me controls ara wel
wide range ol moves, one lean label releases you need), pointless
It'S USl So
meat lothia game RATING: **
NaMas MW Mini nrWI. Or Pm* HT
Pretty, Hashing colours falling Irom lha skies, landing Ilk* rainbow snowflakes and Ihen melting away. Sixties psychedelia ravished or just another version ol Tafria In fad. H's neither - H's Columns. But Ihen Columns was always like a bad cover version ol Tttris. And Indeed soma people Ilk* bad cover version* - that's why Undercover do so well.
As cover versions go. CLFTris Is deflnHaty Irom the Undercover school of low originality. The gameplay a the same - multi
coloured columns Ihree-hlock* high fall from the top ol the screen and you can move them sideways or rotats tha colours to try and gel lines ol three same-coloured block* when ihey land - but tha nuances ar* all wrong The colours rolale *rklly. tha pace doesn't build-up enough, Ih* graphics ire bland and It comes across as vary hollow.
Ths choice ol dlflkulty levels Is a decant touch, and If you've never played the game before this Is a decant enough introduction lo It. Bui It has been don* so much bsttsr before
VERDICT: Only risk It It you can't find a better version of Columns.
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eh (writes LatvrancaJ jgJ There * to much to do SA In such e »hori lime -I so many people to H seek and decision* to %j make that you would W need a whole month to \ sort them all out. Al B J B least the learn are on
' the right track and
” > J 41 Wt i 1 know where they are going, so when I go they won't lose Iheir way I've been given this chance of saying something worthwhile so here it is. This is a call to all software companies to stay with the Amiga and develop new games that taka advantage at It. Don't try to compete with the consoles on their own ground - write games lhal make the best use ol the Amiga hardware, not ones which scroll at the speed at light or rely on flash graphics.
Don't spend money on computer game licences ol big movies. This is money that Is leaving the industry Instead ol being spent on developing new game* Support those people who have Invested in you!
Finally, my message to you, tallow readers Read AUIGA POWER, choose your software carefully and then you have only yourself to blame. The luture ol the Amiga is In your hands.
Bemused, confused and thoroughly disillusioned. Lawrence Sinderson, our Editor For A Day, fell as easy prey to my winning charms and light-hearted conversational banter. After all, he'd been out for lunch with the mightiest beings who ever produced a computer magazine, and was unaware that his inner psyche (well, the bits relating to Amigas) was about to be laid bare to you, our readers.
So then, what were his first impressions of the AP set-up
"Well, it doesn't look like an office at all. I mean, look at the mess, I'm surprised you get anything done. Everyone seems to know what they're supposed to be doing, so whatever system you've got actually seems to work. My first impression Well, it looks pretty much like
a bunch of kids having fun, with a bloke in a suit overseeing everything and telling you off every so often.”
Spook! That'll be Colin The Publisher, whose job description genuinely is, and I quote, 'Telling The Kids Off. One of the great things about having an Ed For A Day is that he can't actually change anything, but we asked him if he was a REAL, longterm Ed. what he'd do to our little home-spun pamphlet.
"I love hearing what's going on behind the scenes in the software industry, so I'd like to see more news and Diary Of A Game features, maybe with two different software teams charting their progress. It's great that you speak to the programmers for the Things To Come section, as it’s good to get details straight from the horse's mouth. Points Of View is a good idea in that if you're going to spend thirty quid on a
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game, a second or third opinion's always a Good Thing. I realise you can only print the letters that people send In, but it annoys me to read so many comments about consoles versus computers. I've got a SNES as well as my Amiga, and I can't see why people think you should only own one or the other. People should like games, not the machine they run on."
We already know your lave games (shown just over there on the right), but what about your dislikes
"I tend not to like hyped games and, although my friends think I'm crazy, I’ve never really gone lor Zoo/ or Assassin. They just seem so sprawling that there's no flow or continuity through them. Sorry Gremlin, sorry Team 17."
What changes does he think we should never make
"Keep it narrow-minded. AMIGA POWER'S an Amiga games magazine, and if you drift away from this, you'll just be
wasting pages. It's good that you acknowledge the threat of the consoles, but competition's good for the users, and as long as Amiga programmers carry on being dynamic and adaptive, the Amigall remain a top machine for years to come."
Couldn't agree more, matey. So, as your time in the public eye draws to an close, are there any last few messages you'd like to send out
‘T think Electronic Arts and Bullfrog should be given a medal for their services to the world. They don't waste their money on expensive film licences - they spend it on coming up with innovative products instead. And finally, everyone out there should remember one thing: you've got a life - always remember that there's more to it than computer games."
And with that, he was gone, breezing out of the office clutching his plastic Future carrier bag of souvenirs. Thanks Lawrence, close the door on your way out.
S TOP FIVE
Formula One Grand Prix
II they brought out i head-to-head version, I'd run out and buy another computer just to play It on.
Both 1 and 2. I've played them both to death. Sim City
Something I can really get Into.
An oldie, but a goody.
I agree with the AP team - it s almost too good lor words.
ABSOLUTE POWER - YOUR GUIDE TO EVERY AMIGA GAME EVER
Remember our unique last-word guide to every Amiga game ever Well, we lied.
eah, yeah, okay. Maybe we were being a bit oplimistic when we said we might have missed “one or two" games out ol our legendarily near-detinitive Absolute Power feature back in the heady days of issue 24. Fact is, er. about 400 omissions' seems nearer the mark. But hey, we'd like to see YOU try it. But then again, of course, some of you did (although, ironically, none of the smug gits who wrote in sarcastically pointing out how many games we didn't mention noticed that we actually managed to include two particular games twice each, with conflicting entries. Oops. £50 of software to the first person who writes in and tells us which ones they were).
sent in, so most of the following comes to you directly from your fellow readers, and we therefore accept no responsibility if you rush out and buy some game heartily-recommended below and find out that it veers dangerously close to being totally rubbish. Where we 00 know a game and just, er, forgot to include it in the feature originally, we've exercised a certain amount of editorial censorship. Worry not, you'll be able to spot where this happens.
And that's that. Keep this Appendix' in a safe place beside the original Absolute Power, and together they'll give you the most complete guide to Amiga software ever assembled by anyone in the history of history. And hey. if you're reading this
Anyway, since most of the time we, almost by definition, didn't know anything about the games you uncovered for us, we
and you think ol another game or two that we still haven't managed to include, please don't hesitate to drop dead. (“Write in
didn't see much point in trying to fiddle with the mini-reviews you and tell us".
1 think, is the phrase you were looking for. - Ed)
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A rather crappy ratcover the bento by dayxf OVk'kind of game •
CHRONICLES OF OMEGA
Arc £19 99 ArakabAty 1/10
A two year old fame that was dated when a was released Tv plattcrn-acton is ratorignal and Ihere s v desae to get on to die v>t level *
Grandslam £24 99 AvaAabAty 3/10
A Italy UcWispeed game wVCtr brngs about ugly 6M (lasNsacki «
CHUCKIE EGG 2
Pek and Ctoosa £7 99 ArlUMIy 2/10 flul who gives a tian®1
TV angnal was so bnhanl I coUktal
swkwve Shit re same people coua uraa actucAr .m "f trash *
lynei-y* £24 95 A rts*- attenopt 7* the erysbtk wagging genre yrfead Ol (ompfbng n h Kk and trU events you ta«e part •r iw bght'ope. (nek hcasa -id. most br(P'*iy. 'iff' traavng. DiSOIe wevdelned and totaled gnbtvcs and atmospheric nx,sc. IV dl1<ug cortaor method, endess roadng and trekous gameplay make ttvs pretty Holed • •
lAuenoyn £24 99 Arjajoary Or budget soon, maybe ’ Contra an nyectrOnmoukJed. bghl nay redng. rubber bottomed software Vtp around lots ol mares cotectng gems nthis addretne •••
CLOWN 0 MANIA
Slarbyte i 19 99 Avaiatoty 0/10
Eueten* Pac A«an Ike game, n a 30 platform arena You centra a clown colect IV dots and avod t V nasties frA f'apftcs. br* sound bri game1
Leisue genusAegin £19 99 AvaAatory 3/10 Not is math tui as tte real board game grapNcaty BOOT and tV IV oppovnls are past loo compulerVd Only worth*hAe r you love IV game but have no trends Kandy Look to PO lor better examples •
Asesoft £24 99 AvaAatoty 1/10
Tetns »tn colous and eioensnre tor what A rs Better versons ol ttvs appear as PD •
COLOSSUS CHESS 10
CDS £24 99 AvaAabAty: 2/10
Graphcaly rawisperg (compared with Battle CVssJ. bul it plays tV best game ol cVss ever loads ol opbons l« •••
SSl £24 99 AvaAibAcy- 1/10 Wa*games wise these are rust not paouiar enough Id warrant stockaig ar most shops 4 you warn them, buy them when you lee them, order them Irom specialty shops or buy a teal boardgame w
Cora £29 99 AvaAabAty V10
Very tough sanAabon llurs hard lo get nao and control n a t» It per son warder araardarargenlested-kndcil buidr g sat oT way • *
COUNT DUCKULA - NO SAX PLEASE WE RE EGYPTIAN
AAemilwe Software £6 99 AvarlabAty 3/10
Platlormytype race aganst Bre dock with Nanny and £ga thrown n la good measue Ugh w
MrcroAusrons £19 95 AvalabAty Cr«gsl A casnobased game where you red <kce to win cash Yeah, nght *
Strategy Masters £24 99
A-. -waoiry 7/10 Bright graphici and reasonabla gameplay n -jryjemenl mode, but aknpst nenJ,u n twopwywr mode TV odd control method, and you learn s ..silence on haveig taw mrasi* after su nctores lets IV fame 0o*r • • •
Omegavr-.tar £15 99
Cull and tarry Stre beat emuo wAh
kttke challenge and tats of repeMron
CURSE OF RA
AvjAabary VI0 SU luckatg around out there
A rather good vanarA on IV peka-paw sty* ol game wVra you have la ilgn two tees n ewhe* IV X a Y lies TV ptobkems start when some dl them went move • w w w
Rantow Ads £24 99 AvaAabAty A M We IV Low Art You play i stunt person, bul appalling ananabon e*»y serptog and dre gameplay mpt out that saigH good Pea *
TAus £4 99 AvaAat *ry 1/10.
You drive a Njge lank tharg aiotard a Hal area shooing other lank Kings HcaitAy corAusng tar a game Krai's SO uMAow AvaAabta n the De«a Face cor . ' ww
Visionary Design 24 99 AvaAjbAry Not very taciebbN last Ortander npoll. er irbule compare with power sps Good 10 11 m a blank hjdhoa ol youa Me (We're a tvl sorry atoiA nussayg CNs ov out. as 4 is ndeed a b( lab -API w * w w
Ctacoorkc Zoo £19.99 AvatabAty NowVre Awful plattarm game wAh a nib player opton that actualy manages lo make A worse TV tiOe sans A up pretty wel. tea*., •
DAYS OF THUNDER
Maid sc ape £24 99 AvaAatoty VI0
Basic 30 driving game Oocsdy) based dn tV (Am TV manual says 'with lye evceVrA backs', so A's a pay they are al vwlualy identical Ovals a
DEJA VU 1 ♦ 2
MITCSCAPf £24 99 AvwlaMAy- 0/10
GrapNc adventure n i untar style to tV Widows' SySItm iryerted by Magvtc Sciols. VI lbs game teal 4 by about lota yens! Great detective whodtamit Buy A w w w
CCS £19 99
Unkkeft lo ever see ttvs agar XA Kiafs no had King Wargamng al as most bas< w
Anco £24 99
Three wads Crap Piadorv*
SSI £24 99
Failed attempt al a 30 bghl sarutala
ABSOLUTE POWER - TOUR GUIDE TO EVERT AMIGA GAME EVER
ABSOLUTE POWER - YOUR GUIDE TO EVERY AMIGA GAME EVER
ol i Oral tea but bte-,
f*opj-»r*<3 Red B¥fr * mr.rh better •
Hasiertioruc £4 99 A-a/jbMy 0/10
On* of th* rail Amgi games * lerrte attemot *t * l&ty! vt*5«jr. ol Odvw* fm ah ad that fr* person who car prog'v yi lAidkzn gars n Andre* Btaybiook a
DRUID 2: ENLIGHTENMENT F.ebzd 124 99 A.aAaOAfy 0/10 BuHrog's *r;t (i-J (Air you war abort m»« - AP) Gaztei orientated Cne of twopLayer art™ The style OXM bul there .s a bl mot* depth to «kkt sort, and chcrizsg th* besi weapon lot th* rgnt cnrm, ■ • •
HAarvus startrg sequence with great sounds. yet the game lacks vanatcc between lewis (Probably because fs m eiceier(tailed up conversion ol br+jrt oti arcade game Dig Dug -API Oetrrte thumbs Lp thot«h
Image Tech 124 99 AvaddnMy Don't bother looAng Boreig teit advertize wth &i graphes I you tan see more than In* screens, you can stay awake through anythng *
EARL WEAVER BASEBALL
Electron* Arts £10 99 Ara/abAty Orly drect from £ A n the US of A
Skgfdy Mocky graphics and the usual swrg and hoo*' gamebay common to al ht 1 momg bal wth a sbek' games soar a great management game Only lor basebai Ireaks though •
Ranted £25 99 AvaAabAty 8/10 See smalads EicHert space tradng. shoot emup. adventure game BrAkjnt 30 graphes and urondertJ playabikty make tbs oneaciassrc •••«•
Tomahawk £24 99 AvaAabAty 0/10 Soitpom mea> advertize hom a French programmeig team Quite bd no*, so youl have to lu* tar it. but rfs not worth e lor al the above reasons *
ESCAPE FROM COLDIT2
GAmoos Games/DigAaf Mage*
You control loiz POffs ot dAferent naborsakbes. and go around colecteig keys and eacAowg 8rAkanl hn lot <ans of the board game • ■ * • •
ESKIMO GAMES Mage Bytes £24 99 AvaAabAty 01/10
kmagtie a compAatcn of track and fietdtyoe sports ewrts bul r the disgust ol Arctic Wastelands Rght. now enagne that f s tolaty unolayabfe •
EUROPEAN SOCCER CHALLENGE
Plays We an aritnbe. Ihveefegged donkey plays lacrosse *
Avatabaty A search for Atlantis (vow more fctzSii
Passable scat screen soacey scrowng
«A ijng ttawA croup thing wh*h desetfe sluggish arwujAa poor sen* 1 and ktBe reward, leec piayvig Adfetnr • * *
Players £4 99 AvaAabAty 2/10
You night hnd tbs IgM cycles game somewhere lhfx<h you're better oft ‘-■dng A n the piAc donvan SUP a good vers<c r • •
Super rescue puiale game that IH by the wayvde dung the early days df Feins' oobufanty nse • w
zeocelvi £4 99 AvaAabAty 1/10
A tight sen wbch looks okay, bul has kmeed plane movement and dtd enemes There ready are better sens
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FI5 STRIKE EAGLE
ftievof the-rrW :s»;a sen that's been comoletefy overshadowed by As sequel (f 5 SfrAe Cagle 2-API •
Screen 7 £24 99 AvaAabAty: 0/10 FaAed shoot 'envuc from tbs tnankMy short*wd company •
FANTASY WORLD DIZZY
Cade Hatters £7 99 AvaAabAfy 8/10.
I s Diary - n one ol bs better bounerg egg ncamabons AvaAatAe •1 the ftaay Codecbon
Codemaslers £7.99 AvaiabACy Try the Oury Codecbon PacAljn dene Codes style Available ei th* Du ay Codecbon « *
Cascade 12* 99 AvaAabAty. Q/10 Cascade changed thee name 10 Artrorvc and attemoted to change the* enage They went e*o obsciaAy after tbs driving game Probably loend el the bargam bms k» 50p to be used as a blank dsk •
FERNANDEZ MUST DIE
FArrorsott/Vnageworks £24 99 AvaAabAty. 0/10.
One ol the lest releases bom tbs compact was a poor man's ban Wamors clone The sad lad is (hat ban Warriors is older and better •
A Delender Of The Crow" type smulabon where lose lords bam* lor land and power by bukbng castles and towns and lutrg people Great n lose player mode • * * •
FIRE AND FORGET
T*us £24 95
AvjAjbdey Forget it
Before TAus came up wAh Crazy Cars
3, they made tbs lamentable Road
Blasters copy, bul everyone s got al
leasl one tbng 10 hde •
Hew Deal Producboc.c Avaaabdty Rarer than a PaU Dane:.
Uegaobscue SWrworm dor-’ Sle*' tic if < v' r-ne oilers yoas.a copy •
feebad £24 99 AvaCanwry 0/1C
Another attempt at the ParaWradtype game lads because of the boor aurfco and visuals HAacka~Swavle Spectrurs auaAty gaphw <1 and wafer t -i gmepia, •
FIRST DIVISION MANAGER
Code Wasters £7 99 A.aCabdfy 7/1C
Bor rig lootbal suanagement game that adds nolhng new lo the bred genre •
Magnehc Scrobs £24 99 AvaUbkty: 2A0
Eaceient advenbae that recently gol the Wndows' tfeitmerA along with GuWO of Thews and Corruption on a special compaaVn rrwt
Arcane £24 99 AvaAabAty 0/10
Wargame lor aecrafl carrets Poor, even lor a wargame *
Feebed 124 99 AvarUMfy 1/10
Venbcaty scrobng shoot emup that doesn't look that nuch better than a SfUCK game LuckAy fi stA 1 playable * * «
FOOTBALL MANAGER 2
AdOclN* £19 99
Yes. a management gam*, md a
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an otherwise o*y decent gam* w w w
Ancent Xenontype venticaiy scrobng shoo* croup thafs stow and ponderous •
CCS £24 99 AvaAabAAy 0/10
Manloman wargamaig - a's okay •
Team 17 £7 99
AvaAabAty St* kickng about.. department stores Large fightng area with a scrobng screen, tats of cpoonenls. and a bA ol an meaksbe bt where you jump •bod 60 leet ri0 (he a> from a standeig start A passable beaf-ero
FUTURE BIKE SIMULATOR
tb-Tec £6 99 AvaAabAgy VI0 laughable rtottwscreen driving game Why waste yow money when you can saw a bA tang ei and go tar Crazy Cars 3’ w
GARFIELD: BIG FAT HAIRY DEAL
Edge £24 99
Just as bad as Winter's Tale •
GARRISON 1 ♦ 2 Rainbow Arts £24 99 AialabAty Q/10.
Beats Gauibet at As own game.
GamepUy s more eic-teg is **r y. •ddng a f>rh character Dwart Uy one wsh a •.■y both c* these gkmes to get a re-release w w w *
Arc £24 99 AvaAabAty 0/10
Inether ‘BaWescape wargame !tsr. Peter Tiacan Fks wargames are vn je v- that you only see whit the corrrriinder sees, kterdN < the enemy is Ikdng behnd a Forest you wont see them, ro Wen A to 1 god game n graphe style that sornebries doe set work l£r. yes - API » •
Swiss Compder Arts £14 99 A variant on Breakod. very sarAar to Artanowt and just as pfiyable nr
Software ftl £24 99 AvaAab*fy 1/10
Ttvs platform puzzler never sold we* due to it bemg 100 borng to play Cde vsuals though
GNOME RANGER • GNOME RANGER 2: INGRID'S BACK
Ranted £24 99 AvaAabAty 1/10
On* (Two. sirefy’ - API of the last advertizes born Level 9 They managed to ncorporate graphics, bd not al the eipense ol leit • w w
Feeteds £19 99 AvaAabAty 0/10
on Bte Sabre WdI done gels re hashed and laAs nvsetabfy fd hate to haw been associated with ihts pee •
GP TENNIS MANAGER
SatkWnondo £24 99 AvaAabAty 2/10
Better than mosl lootbal management sans, bd that's not saymg much
GRAEME SOUNESS SOCCER MANAGER
Fepoekn Platvun £7 99 AvaAabAfy 9/10 Anywhere Features terrible match graofws weh souneheaded players, and its rakdousfy easy Beaty good annuied memi gnolkcs though, wheh a strange *
GRAND MONSTER SLAM
Golden GoDkn £24 99 AvaAabAty 1/10
Pjthebc attempt at a lantasy soorts game w
GRAND PRIX SUPER
Code Masters £6 99 AvaAabAty 7/10
Great li*i tw two players. Bts Super Spent clone is belter than most ol 4s type fd go tor Super Off Road Racer now if s on budget too • w
GREAT COURTS 2
Blue Byte 17 99 AvaAabAty 4/10
Smooth grapfkcs, effective soup ary) very pokshed gamepfay a> adds up to a rather se»y tenms sm Oh. and you can be a woman or a bloke Pretty 90s huh’ w « w *
lAndscaoe £24 99
American lootbal game baity
translated from the PC versan wteh
was slow and horrtfe to begn with
Stick to John Madden •
Uastertfonc £4 99 A.zVjbAfy V10 Lean known release from like lldvnnier SzieVtcm its basreaty a whoddte grapNc advertize NcA bad •*
Code Masters £6 99 AvaAabAty 1/10
CStsn 14) the ernnendden Manhattan docks. Iightng 08 Hugs armed with eon bars Awtd game atround with no ‘i'-e redeemable realize •
HACKER 1 ♦2
Ac tw von £19 99 AvaAabAty. 0,10
Intense gamepcay ike Bvs needs no I6tvl I’aphKS but they would have made 4 more appeakng rd Iken * to Capbw where you control robots attemptng to rAABate an enemy base The base is viewed Irom kvz vvleo cameras wtach you can adyist
Accolade £24 99 AvaAabAty 1/10
Ancert basebwA vm that's good lor the test couple of horns belore you reakse fs no tan to pfay Sbrctfytar basebal larubcs v •
EDA £24 99 AvaAabAty 1/10 Openended scenee Ivton role cny*g game Base graotes and the fart that As open ended makes * too borng Defeated tans wd Ace * • »
Thalamus £24 99 AvaAabAty Q/10
Another non-starter conversion of a C64 class* Rrzr arcvzxJ shoot aroizid and yawn ■
HEADC0ACH V3 kkdnght OA £19 99 AvaAabAAy MaA 0>de«
Good attempt at a Aznencan lootbal management game hom a smaA Outfit More stabsbes than youl ever need and good attentat to drt*4 w w
HEAVY METAL HEROES
FY*y*fS £6 99 AvaAabAty Q/10 Okaytsh grapbes bul no fun at al. even 4 you low shoot envs*H No need lo *od. cos you probably wont be able lo fnd it anyway *
Novagen £19 95
AvaAabAty Very poor
From the makers ol Mercenary, you'd
eipec t a class* short 'emup
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Arc £24 99 AvaAabAty O/l C
Ltattspaing. izrongmaf. iztpfayable and iztekevabfy bad short eroup *
HOLLYWOOD HI JINX
ActMVon £24 99 AvaAabAty Q/10
Another krlacom teat advertize w w
Mogames £4 99
Get etc the embassy, oh al the
terrorists and rescue the hostages ■
1 senes 01 sub games Al a bt crap but hzi nonetheless « w
Palace *2 99 k.arjbftfy 4/10
An earthquake has ruptutd Ihe Oiler «l ol you i»ki cone** and renomorphs we iwm al gw the putt O') dear, ft p*( to be one ol dote days Net. but with l r I'ioftK s.and aha overcomeur • *
HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
Not >ery interesting f anepray ind the ddhciWy curve -5 too sleep A bad corwervenol a food!»- •••
HUMAN KILLING MACHINE
An mcient beat ems* mat wig out to be zwtul. and manages 4 with I conseteratde deftee ol luctctt •
Storm *25 99
AcaONKy So* (One rouid (he Pact X sort* puces
A Score Sprvil type ol fame with Us ol backs - best played with a lea males
INSECTS IN SPACE
Sensible Software arote the orgnal on the CBM 64. but anoehc* programmer arote IhS verson ol a Or Under done. I brieve it aas arty released as part ol a comofahon • •
INTERNATIONAL TRUCK RACING
Ava.ibdey Pretty dimed ubgutous Overhead raceif lame ei monster arbcifaled trucks that ends up bokzif Mte racmi bendy ppedeaners * •
Joftn Motion Plays remarkably Me that ttoke Gectl Thomas dots Ron Atknson Very truth SO. iTranslatron Hoi very good" -API*
JET SET WILLY
Software Protects 19 99 Avafabdty VI0
We conbruaAy ask lor 16-bit versons ol Bbf fames, but not done Ike thn The screen now scrols rcvcalvig the femes that aerc leaps ol faith before and the (rapNcs have tost al thee Scettnen charm •»
JINXTER Rartied *24 95 Avafabdty 1/10 Weed adrenbee Irorn the best ol Bnbsft Useif graptes 4 lets the tale ol nterrknensemal skulduggery • can be a b4 loo weird lor its own food * * •
JOAN OF ARC
Raetmv Arts *24 95 AtaUbdry 0/10
OH frapNc sbalefy fame wth erty a M more depth than Defender 01 the Crown Buy rt to see the begenng at the fraptvc slrattfy fame • •
Players *4 99 Avafabdty 0/10
Spectacularly poptiat fame on the B t*( mac heirs that spasmed two sequels ft an arcade advertiee wtn you as a cute mercenary, shooting equally cult enemas Shorn turd fame lie and lack ol adrerttsaif and (evens meant 4 never dal act on the I6bf formats
JOE BLADE 2
The Player Avafabdty 2/10
You fO wound IAC you fnemes. then do a tfufb* puttie sector Qua
JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH
US Gold *24 99
Grapftc adventure loAoanf the plot ot the JrAes Verne novel What at have here -s a senes ot sdsfames usmg dgibsed graph* * The subfames are very poor, retyng an no skd Between the mwwgames are the gouney pans where you are toH so and so brake tvs kef clmbeif up a cMt you orgy have a kmiltd amount ol men and 4 appears that tvei are entzely random •
MicroProse *19 99 Avafabdty 0/10 PrmtM graphics Nde a pUyaWr fame It f•!( too boreif toe quckiy
KENNY DALGLISH SOCCER MANAGER
2eppem Games il 99 AvataNUy Not at ai. reeky Imafvse Kerry Datgtsh Soccer Match Imafrne that nslead ol DUrymg the fame, you pek the team Aaaaaghfth*
Raeibow Arts *24 95 Avafabdty 1/10
Medeval frapNc strategy fame that's food, relatively easy but iitmair*y borrg Graphoal sequences are nice but tet leckous after a lew plays
Avatabdfy Not too Mety Remember that oM BBC senes teilizng trigs bikes and that long suftermf VW Bee he’ Ttws game version's a worthy spet e>4». and if surpnseigly food tur •
KING OF BARBARIANS
Dowrwzter *24 99 AvarfjMty: VIC.
The hero can ether lifht or move, but net both Of Ninety not the tag ol beat'«r*H«s •
Rartkrd *24 99 Avafabdty 1/10
Great fhrtepart adventure where you play the bad fuy lor once Reaftsbc error com ent with character oterachon a top prior4y Great largh when you have sa or seven ol the computer characters al et the same toeawo and start atgunenf s » • • «
Addcbvf *24 99 Avafabdty 0/10 Weird science Idfaon fraphe advertize Irom the lootbal manaftment masters Good piol and tunny Styksh win a prate's swasifmcklng (eel to 4 Tnwa tans w* note that the writers ol this fame were nvotved wth the mi loaf Har. and that »s game was intended toe the stage belor* they decided to make a fame of 4 •••
Wooer ot the most eye Sturdf
frapNcs ever award, thus a a sari ot
tiresome breakout fame Avwab'e on fte 6g BOJ compajnro •
Ave.'a&Ary Try IV Duty CCdrcbon Pengo vanarf le* yovger gamesters
Rafted *24 95 Avafabdty 1/10
Wuncren advertize Item Level 9 that uses fracfvr A bg tvt refh me advertizetnterrvn, aft
LAND OF LEGENDS
Mere Visions *24 99 Avafabdty 0/10
Sbckman fiaohc: n ins charmng lantasy Predates Otzgeon Master -Si the style of1 Mm • •
US GoM it 99 Avafabdty 0/10
Two player Spy Hrterstyle shoot 'em t4> OtUyvsft *
LEATHER GODDESSES OF PHOBOS
Inlocom *24 95 Avafabdty 0/10
Camp, lewd and tsaady teat adventure born the masters Very fizny o a Money Python kzsd ol ajy • * • •
Thakon *24 99 Avatabdfy 0/10.
Substandard sc»6 Gnrflel that s too bloody short, too bloody easy, too bloody hard, not enough erwmes. too many coloizs and not enough dead people Yeah, that somls tight •
US Gold *199 Availably 3/10
futurist*: Spy Hzfer clone bam the keyboard ol Dawd Broaifwst (Software Creations chap and poframmer ol Bubble Bobble. Dcyo Can and As sas sail f's not Ns fault it's poor - 4*s mainly due to Caoeom's orgvsal arcade macheie bewg duf •
LEGEND OF FAERGIL
Rainbow Arts *24 95 Availably 1/10
You may ltd find (Ns advanced Bard's Taiestyie advertize about An awesome rvokmg adventize that demands you learn ancMtr language to play 4 • * •
Ocean *25 99 AvaAjbaty 10/10 AP reviewed INs a tew months ago and 4‘s aged baity already • a •
kilogrames *24 99 Avafabfry 1/10
30 fkeakoutmspved game Toe base and too etpenswe *
LITTLE COMPUTER PEOPLE
Mastertronc *4 99 AvaiUbdty VI0 The fame fhal rocked the niton, probably best deserted as San House You here total condo! over the occupant and can torture or pel you little person ei any way you see 44 Each occupant is izvque and has a varwty ol skiis and persona nlfiests too * * a *
LOMBARD RAC RALLY
H4 Squad *1 99 Avaiatety VI0
E> niHit *rr- it aas t."* released, r- about tv * j--e qualty as the Test Drive ga-es Toyota Cekdjtrom Gre -I a the same pre* and cvtav'i a better game * *
AadOm“< 124 99 AuaAaMty 2/10
Puttie game that nevvr made it Of The p<rx is svsiple and ei pratbee f's bizr - you place random shapes on a fro >r the efenton ol *•••
LUXOR Parados *24 99 Avafabdly 0/10
An unplayat* shcol emip wfh not a sngit redeenwg teabze Harrfy north mentorvrg. ready •
Ravtr* Arts *24 99 Avaiabalty VI0 Weed papNc Uraeg-y plaftorm artier bar where you hzi a TV statme I don't thn* n was ever released though the concept was good 4 seemed 4 was too nroNed • a
MAGIC CANDLE 1 * 2
Mrvdciaft Av MCtey VI0
Ob seme ittvmUutyl cue Bards Tale loreptaymg games Dwhard Ians w» 'nd wtul they war I Irom these 4 they can Ind them ei the bsf place *
Miciodea *9 99 las part of the Tr> Star Smulabons cofecbonj Avaiiabfty 1/10
fa rather have one man plzy tfvs Spy Hzrter type ol game (On dear See aftat happens after we let readers ante renews1 AP) •
US GoM *24 99 AvafaMty 1/10
The very list frapNc adventure bam lmaster twfterr do you the*
'SCIA4M' - ScryX Creabon Uikty tor Maruac Hanson - came Irom’) C64 Ouakey frapNc s dsfizse an awesome adventize Best deserted as a cross between the lAzisters/Addams Famfy and the Rocky Horror Pdtize Show • * * •
MARIO ANDRETTI'S RACING CHALLENGE
Anemptzig to sled My 500's thunder if not an easy task - only f JGP bom Sir Gecfbey Crammond Isas done 4 Wilt we have here is a 30 pdyfor ■ace game that is slow bsf has a tot ol depth Faded to make any rpples n the market due to bad dstitebde.
Buy It il raerf and depth is yoz lave combnaten
US GoM *24 99 AvwUOdty 0/10
Fuhzrstic sc*i tNder with passable frapNcs. an eiteresting p4of about wus but leafy borng to play •
Dvsanwc *24 99 Avafabdty 0/10
Trtete 1o the c las sc Phoersa arcade game The grapNcs ae motoved but <t caphzes none ol the onfnd Cham and playabafy •
Impressions *24 95 AwMabdly 1/10
Al last a worthwtde game bam a
company not noted tor northwede games fUnlecs you lie wurgames of cause -lefafymndedAPcrewl What I want to know * why has bncresuons oulkved Czsemawae’t seems knpreiizms have goRen very popiiar wfh their programs r America Apoaentty the USA appreciates sloppy graphics and that eipiant why Amacan games ae so baity programmed themselves • * •
MIGHT AND MAGIC 2
US GPU *24 99 A.arabdfy 3/10
Not that much mote advanced than Bad's Tale standads * ■
MIKE REID S POP QUIZ Ckte *19 99 ArJitabdfy V10 A income qui game, about happening' r..jc that ami happening' •-■>» Wsat's the port’ The questnns ae dated and ae dl about bands that probably don't rust aiymcm •
6err*n*l9 95 Avaaacwty 1/10 An enjoyable verson ot that tin. seaste pastime - craiy go* I't akigftl. I Siopcsa but you'd be better oft gong tor EA'S liny Got ••
Mastertronc *4 99 Avafabdty I dot** 4 lucky people! Offroad motorbike* but without the motorbde or any handebut * you want afrsud. Irusbatmg controls. I«l ttvs. a Sasclar C5 or a He «
MYSTERY OF THE MUMMY
Raeibow Mis *24 99
landed papNc advertize set«the GotNc 1920s Ezcefent sepu tone period graoNci. but not much else
Magnelc Scrols Avafabdty 1/10
Smal adventues especrafy written tor the members ol Special Reserve when they used to only be an adventure cut Intended to be the tirsi ol marry smal adventues based on Greek mythology *»
Psygnosis *24 99
Another lthe known release Item
Psygnosis TNs is <n isometric puttte
game that proved too borng to day
Hero Value *9 99 Avafabdty 1/10
TanguewKheek beat emte mat has al the trappings ol a budget fame Okay game hut's ordy saved by the hunou aspect •
MasteitrorK *4 99 Avaiabdty 1/10.
1604 verson ol an Bbf budget game thaFs lost Ittte n the cormerste rs a very sznple fcek screen martd arts 'emr« Nothmg special ••
Code klasiers *4 99 Avafabiiity Hoi very good A verheafy scrokng game wfieie you kkn a mowe by dnvng cats and Speedboats through varymg levels •
ABSOLUTE POWER - YOUR OUIDE TO EVERY AMIGA GAME
At.arva 16 99 A. Watetfy 1/10
Ml* verson of Iinaai PtASul or cEmtft! M's sri better nun me OonuA effort • * •
Z-m 12 A 99
Stow war io SJrAr 7 «t«c* *a lull 1 Irvstratrgty Ho* BafUceone WiM O CV PC. *M was 1000 bee ause o lud last mo smooth graph* s S*Oy there is oont el tes 0« the Amgi version •
i.-ul lit 99 Avafatery J/10
Loo* up the kstmg tor Fee and forjet, men toa iv words •watery and Wef to get tV general dey *
OMAR SHARIF'S BRIDGE
Oitord Seftworksl34 99 it * a tvd f (ante, if s got C-we Shanl r / * ■ • *
EOk 125 99 A,Watery 1/10
OtolocVurg fame by Af-e-: y-orogrammers tfal even looked ancient •her 4 was released three years ago Graph* adventure r tv style o* Sard's Tale set r soace Even SS do i betted *
Graplw adventure er me style cf Chea adventures This was released by a German comoany about tore years tgo the ame MO good jrsorter but was rumed by si red names - e . the hero was caked Kamtxagei •
US Gold 124 99 Avatetety 2/10
Second and Iasi chance lo set the JO rotating and loommg program devetooed by Creatrve Materials The program comprises both polygons ano sorter « an overhead A*h( sarv'shoot 'ems* Hasn't aged wet
Software Busness 129 99 Aradatety 0/10
Eiceflent naval wargame blessed with grapfKS and sotrth only (and * SEUs Lots ofmssons and good computer opponents • • ■
I SSI 129 99 ■ Avafatefy 1/10
Ul Tank warfare m WW2 mat was a
slragnt conversion ot a PC onjrul Ithat was at me days when me PC had lot* cotogrs and SoecBun somd) We have never Md a reaty good conversmi tram a PC platform because when me mactvne was at as early game days it had base gracfvs and Sana Thu was then converted 10 me Arrvga and Alan ST and laughed at Now. 4 seems ovem** me PC has turned rto a monster oI a machine with 4s graotecs cards, sot/td boards and awesome processor speeds Now when das a converted to IV Amgi or ST you gel poor results eg. Wng Commander, or they don t bother lo convert 4 because me Amga isn't i* to 4 Europe, especiaiy IV IK. are me orty fortunes wrtch gel tv best from me Amga as a machne So buy British PARDON1 - API w
THE BLACK CAULDRON
Sena 124 y>
A.i twty 0/10
S“'i's gam* yjsptabor ot m*
Disney tin t used me I*iv ganw engoa a* early gamn Inwr Sut tarry and Kcifl Qurlf. ■ crap A disk swapper's oaradsa Akvc *
THE CHAMBERS OF SHAOLIN
I haven 124 99 Avjiiowfy 3/10 A maiU arts bear em n mat required you 10 go through a levs at Irawg sequences before you coJd play me m-ss-on proper The Iravwig parts are vme.sfc.f. ir>i*c and teach better than me r.ss*m i«lv»Sy requires The . 4;-, M-.e no wt-gM or character <»h.:h improves IV left ot me game Recent ictuses. * Street1 -v~ and Body Blows tat to tecogi.se Su; BEU Iran and hence the,1- , •
P 47 THUNDERBOLT
IkroProse 124 99 Avakabkty 0/10
Programmed by me same learn trot created 5*worm - sjfty mil's enough reason to rush out and buy any SEU. but no Ttvs has a) th* haimarkt oI a mshyob Average miss. ierky anmabon and scroing and bomg gameptay. Very disapportvg and 4's arty one player
PANZA KICK BOXING
lone* 19 99 Avakatety 8/10
Beal 'ecTHp el ipoteg aiaaty. at
Ocean 124 99 Avakatety 7/Iu F ohow up lo me amatrig ftantxM •stands. Svs it not qieie as good bul stA a bkndng platform romp (And can you betovf we mssed 4 out first bme rorttd’ God. w* ttth jre rubdsh sometimes A * * • »
Ranted 124 99 Avatabkfy 1/10
The game that out UagvlK Sc/ons on IV gamng map Oassc advenlrttig style and great atmosphere (hat 4 ewdert r, at the* games, along «th a pane, that beats Wocomathmes ••••
Tynesoft 124 99 A.aVathMy 0/10 From the same team as Ehnra's Horrorsoft graptuc adventures Take me graptves away and what you get ts a very average game A ynpkr verson ot EfwJ mttvxl IV keener *
S3124 99 AvadaMfy 0/10
TM monochromatic 'ON piarng game dots try lo nse above 4se« wdh a deep plat I loo deep lo Indl and the rare occasions when 4 graces you motvtot with Ihree or lour cofcus
PHAROAH.DAY OF THE Ranoo. Arts 124 99 AvaVateey 1/1C Early giaote strategy game, an Egyphan Defenders Ot The Crown 4 you wd Lovely dgdised graptves with handdrawn overlays a>e me only reason lot burn* ttvs •
PICTIONARY ;Vrtt jotMlil 99 AeATARIty VI0 One <4 tkw aany party games lo asaur » «w oak* <4 7nw4 PrtSart The essence ot these is Ml Stay are party games and *• ateaawl Iranstatpns of mem 10 noma ermorters lakrd 10 captcea me jhwcrsptwre by toremg everyone to S4 arouid a computer Ptchonjry had payers aravwng otyects on a pace <4 paoet (o gam clues to a word written on a prompt card Ttvs vetsrti demands that nstead <4 usng a On or penct you are lorccd to use a mouse Ian obyecl that same peorte st4 cannot get to fres wittu •
Km 17 99 AvakaWf, 4/10
TM is what me BCA meant wher van) 'Beware ot Ipse crochets that vnt come betwe me ciemrig to lot me messuh' Here F*f»J Uagc comes beng the (else prophet to RmbalDears and Fantase;
Mardarn 124 99 Aratatety 0/10
TV )»st game lo teatue a HAM mod* the screen Iwtvch ages tV game consderabty) What we nave rt y, eipensne lAssdn Command done. o< which better ver Pens caa be lounc w tVPD «
kvocorn 124 99 AvaAatety (VI0
One Ot wpcoth's lesser known tides The subvert matter lent an rleiessng twist on the scream .Aualy set n space or c a lartasy enwonmeni Perhaos not worth ad me eltort to !r*J • • •
POLICE QUEST 3
S*ra 134 H
Scnkjr to 4s pedecessors. this
adventue game must have sold many
a copy because ot tv evcelent
screenshots on me bo« - if s a shame
they were PC ones •
POP-UP Wogrames 124 99 Avatatety 1/10 Its probably st4 on tv shelves because nobody bos hl 4 test tene around knageie Pjpg maed wdh PmtaJ and a game ot lortute that requres IV kick ot wvrtng the pools andrnarsPqpUtmall*. *
PORTS OF CALL
Aegis 124 99 AvaAaPitf 0/10
Tnterestng' game based on modern day merchant shppmg of goods ai Over IV world A bk too sample lor 4s own good and saPy me acl cm sequences Iwrtch are wel betaw pail are teddus and get n IV way * *
tterorsoft 124.99 AvataMCy 1/10
kondnven global straingy wargame that has 4s Ians Better eumptes can be loud tods, • *
Arc 11999 Avatabkey Q/10
Wargame. wtveh used a g'apfvc style senfar lo PopiAouS. but had none <4 IV popularity and ai ot tv slowness One lot tv tei •
iui**s 124 9J Avautiwfy 0/10
0v oi me lest games horn me Tevyie team fkce graptves that wtuM st*' rums today (4’s about lou it*
! aldl. but me wiuwnuc gamectat puts io Ot techous *
PRO SPEEDBOAT SIMULATOR
Code Masters 16 99 Avjvjowry 4/10
Srtx/e Budget to- - tub won't get done by buym u<s • •
PUB TRIVIA QUIZ
Code Masters 16 99 Avacateey 4/1 c
The Cndes -jmo on that bandwayon fa! was a crate about two yea's ago Don't aspect truth and yew won t be dsapported • • •
PURPLE SATURN DAY
Uaidarei 124 99 Avakitety 0/10 From me early days •>: ;/• ~~>ga comes IN; very purple l/.jr--*--r.vA»> sports game, wah not one appearance by Dand leke Five hirtisdc games, it good, but togemn' rrukeg a big package Pinters and elites chdnT ts» 4 but d occupies a special place n ay , coAecwn Irtder 7 * * • •
Enghsh Software 119 99 A.atabkry 0/10.
One of IV fast games On the Amga fS this 30 snooker game The Table' is set cr a cite wdh the bals floating nsrde and IV pockets * the eight comets ot me Cube interesting variants and nies. but ready tmplayabie •
Woe om 124 96 A vatu* fy 1/10
mnovatrve when 4 was released, ttvs sett mappeig RPG advenbee it s!4 good now Cameo gractes drawn r Mack and wtvte hefl) give a paper RPG atmosphere Some wocid crticrse ttvs by uymg 4 looks Ike playing an RPG userg Workbench, but dent kslen lo them Betides. 4's Wocom >i«t
Aebwsmn 124 99 AvaAatety 0/10
Piu Shetey Ihe of SpmdLt/y lamel brngs us ttvs surpnsngN average ntAbdefcteynal overhead scrobng SEU that I always tnd bomg and lerkous (Wr4 up yours, pal We thnA 4's laMAous API Loti of gamng styles eg As rerods etc attempt lo save it Top average • •
QUESTION OF SPORT
EMC 124 95 AvaaateXy 0/10
Basjcily Mke Reids Pop Qua Mth dilerent graphe s and questions EmAates tv TV program larthMy ervxgf. sort ot •
knpressrons 114 99 4vw<atebty. 0/10 Here's a game with not a tot ot orgnaMy and qute poor grapNcs. but let some reason 4s rievsttee Drive ycu space shp routd usmg rotate and thrust and try and shoot me akens - senple but ptayabte and adtkcbve ****
Ear., ebon to give the naysay a ■glum t*Lwi toy Mpwn it was i■ UwY-jtet a l*w years ago Renwsrter Rates One's Green Tent *C Qawd (eke1 tjuxe >'/-W ins gwrw hjj to oftfr aoart hori me '*crrtw Uu* and mar.j4, memberW. lum a Greenpeere etc. were yi ut> GU-'-iarO) games twee a r-ee SW"» vnrrg sew; and drttna'si ter* m. dog rrSJdrri ruwch Poor snow «
THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS
Act-nssn 124 99
Aiil'ii I ty' iu'l.'
Batty progtammed wan 4«i«. done wdh dflerent griptves II you bCug*-; trvs vou stoAO be ashamed 3 your-.ee •
RED LIGHTNING * RED SUNSET
14*13 sen 124 99 •
Two modern wargames set r, j .V.V3 tVabf Wei presence l > : - a*'
M' tearh charm la the casual pa «•.
RETURN OF THE JEDI
Dnmark 124 99 AvaAatety. Z/IO
The weakest Ink of tv fans and fsu the certputer vers-cv ■ nstead ef •velrame vector grapf* ; which worked very wr* ai are beated to aha; bods down to a dull Zauon clone lor the late 80s. Okay * *
Mast entity* 19 99
TV rw* character is a 90loci
camel Ongnai maybe, but C.s game
slinks We the rear-end of that 90-loot
GCC 124 99 AvakaMfy 1/10 A bouig game with great presenlaban wf*h serves arty to get r tv way Hook, these Drop*1 aren't professorial jounjAsfs They can! hefp 4 - API • • • •
RINGS OF MEDUSA a RETURN OF MEDUSA
Star Byte 124 99 AvalateWy 2210
Neither tv o jrj nor tV saghdy better sequel raised any oleiest n IV most ardent wargamer These overhead metkevat wargames got tost n tV« own tetem of book keep** so rruch that 4's yitt not tuny • IftngsJ ww (Retienl
ROAD WARS 2000 a ROAD WARS EUROPA
SS 124 99 Avakabkfy. 0/10
Two early games that were converted from CBM 64 or.j.iiLs. The game barely cut IV mustard on that machne 4s a wargame set on me roads of a hofocaust future ueth motorcycle and car gangs as the warriors - Mad Mar stuft TerrtAe visuals but worth a took, espec ify 4 you We Car Wars of Mad Mar *«
Anco 14 99
AvWateky Who knows, who cares’ Ttvs hiyty doody' type pLattarm looks leaky nee and plays We a bnck •
ROCK N ROLL Ranbow Arts 1)9 99 Avakabkeyi 1/10 Classc mousecontroled marble
> rat -M- *r*i+a9*
ROCK STAR ATE MY HAMSTER
v ttesst 16 M
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platform games! B*s gam* had row
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lor 4 Uar :. 4 wZ l:wm' HOI to do ifcsr »"th
(wnuQl ovr -r»OSl mf!) • *
ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS
11/ /ey*r * «U£J"Vf Sue
Cta! «vjf> Ot The C'Oan unt; riffOul 16« (rapt*/ ./id ia«i its; !-• ff -' KHI Ihjd on* p*ISOn I-S 10 vuHes had s s its one, attempt
.-•! li Vr'' »!v •
ROMANTIC ENCOUNTERS AT THE DOME
Sfcrovkafssns it 99 luuottr Q/10 mu game you control yt>* own dr".'«, to Imfl Bi* p at tn*' ot you Uel" ■ ; -iO Ten! * wrtt! the
odd graph*: rttVw thrown r ''tig but worth playing once us! lot the 1 don't bckevf Bn' lef lot a
Acton 1616 99
Remerhcr Thrust’ the 8 tit class* Itotn Mislfttronc’ Wtl. here '. 1 16 bt vet von fs not bed. but ai nw octoon I preferred the uitve »c giiphciol the ».(t,i • •*
RUFF N' REDDY
»kTec £7 99 4v«ubAty 1/10
Cartoon pliBorm t/o lioce when Nil ongaiU budget meant Inythng other than plattormsft Ihifs neBing leaky soecial Quie old. So Tm lute youl tod the blest budget games otter mote a •
Mciostyte 12* 99 AvlAJOAfy. I you're Inly A totally underrated b*e recall game, tbs mg*-. Surer Kang On. Lots ot nee touches, ncbdaig the rater gettng olt Be b*e and rewiuig it u> 1 route not gong arrytaheve • • * *
SANTA S XMAS CAPER
7epo l*i£7 99
Colour Id graohes 4 somea*iat lacing an the ananaton (ion! Quae engagng tor three mrartes, because that’s hou long ft tale you to complete the seven very short levels a*
Rendow Arts 119 99
Real early Sf U dial hinty set any
standards, but 1 was ongaiel *< a pre
R Type kasd cA way Not worth the
ehort o* tuning down * *
SCAPEGOAT Ranbad 119 99 1.ala£i*ty VI0 The last L9 adver*ine they
yacammed 6e«o*e they waae on «a
IrvwpA end gfory wgft popbUrV /rrane) classes ia* fib, Th* M andfheCAanwmOirVIt* Scapegoat is wee legacy to •* grachc adweeisn* weald Not bad
’ 119 *b AaawK-My d acJ
Duev UBRtavsi SL'j on M /saga u r7m- j an atiSLOt we character wK. dnennl iiy* tooattede 1mm aw maw spree r> f'A, and he enawake » tf«s same way rfs Sr i.s Oon M*. V may hive don*
She graptacs tor tt.r; Doesn't mein
ts weri* burnt •
SCRABBLE DE LUXE
AyaaaOdey 6/10 v i ScubtM not rruch to say Pi obit.. *' good as it coUd ha.e been art "e eicetent preseniabc' and Ivtwda. grapl- : n Jc i j -7y to S V 56s nn! ar hr M the board fame bv' at Wait Cull OU the y-l-t-'-dls it xarctac; k» ranvc letters •••
f>omarli 124 99 Ayyu;. 2/10 A llilivi Crt Actionary •
Actvs-> .'Cmrrsawire A».iuc«e*- ~- :0
Two companes released two gures the same name there's no c earner bon between mem HA* bom ■nr j-npr S£Us, C*»nawye ittempied K *-*•:' me b*
■ . es between levels to create
!er“.-pn. and so deserve a ment. n a(Actrwstonl * e rCnemawarfl
SEARCH FOR THE KING
Accolade 129 99 AvaAahwty Poor An aiterestaig adrentue ruth £m gags at a. but the computer indcr stands lew ot die nords that you type*i •• •
SEVEN CITIES OF GOLO
Elec If cave Arts 124.9S AvalabAty (VI0
Not rrwti to say atm* tbs lot* year old and very dated role playasg game Olay, but the interface and giaohcs ye basic *
THE SEVEN GATES OF JAMBALA
Thahon 124 99 lva*«NSfy 0/10 A poor platform game w*h 8b* graobes at a 16b* yiee You ddr t se* you C8II64 ly tbs •
Masdscape 124 99 A.a4ab*ty 0/10
Eyty attempt at Jr adnenlue/RPG mth graphics by Weslboune Prmary
H0C0mll9 99 Avnlabory 0/10.
A rare low poait Rom the teal advenlue masters * sutlers from not loo rruch to do and the plot is ckhed it you Hu He hdocom.
Holmes and caches Bis is the game lor you * *
Wocom 124 99 A.aAibdty 0/10
■<u4‘ gn. 'w.'. True'ms hate/. dae/.-r eleirng yel Int Tbjf dJn't mean «•. sm 'omfr:-.s*d min ■Srsc/ptc- More vu*ed to S’ n eapencnced 3B.trtut* • a a a
SHOOT EM UP CONSTRUCTION KIT
Gftt GbU 19 99
A“- beauitr', irown as SlUCX. B.-’■Xt crUbki ,'JJ to citMl vertCaA, v.>n*ng shoot erH«s mt.‘ consakrubV ease Quit good <1 you haveoY < .«■* /- O yogrammaig. but 4 n-e ( braih rOu fortianr and tame a a a
US Go*! 124 99 A;aiJO*(y. 0/10
Poor taoplayer SEU game w*h ruitt gnphes and byrig music and sound Same as the veade verson thci a
ttasicrtronc 17 99
Ncensh graptacs. rvcmsh sounds, lotaly ruU»v. i«T<play Too tasy. and Cs so slow Even tree it's a waste dl money •
Uaslertromc 17 99 ArytaMry 2/10
Dasmal sequel to the fabulous origaial attach was good enough to ItM gone Ti* per Part 2 has been written by a dttetent team who hope to con people ado thnlaig tbs one is as good Dated and poatJrss Wry do a sequel 4 if s no anyovement’ a
Uiciayose 17 99 AvwlabAty VI0 A submaraie vmAaty with lots of teahsm. but gets anroymf rather soon •*
Cawmaware 124 99 AvalaOWry SM on some Wives Aae»ige Cnemaware advenlue wrth the usual cremate scenes and wcade sequences **
Mogrames 119 99
Av»rjNky 0/10 Very base graptacs and boring plattwm gamepiay totaiy run what was a bady devgned game anyway, to no tears to shed here Woddr't set even * pul on PO a
SKRULL THE BARBARIAN
Smash 16 14 99 AualabPty Slil luring about A tarty good duigeon advenlue The controls are hard to master but 4 you stcl vnlh * you may U>e * Outdated with flclerng graphics though * • »
SKYCHASE ttrrcr Image 19 99 AraCKaMy 3/10
Stuneig doghghbng game * you war* playabPly. but the grapbes let it down ib* •••
SKYF0X1 ♦ 2
Eteclroruc Arts 124 96 ArilaMtr 0/10
A game that woUd s*4 be aopiauded now 4 4 was to be rereleased ■ was
a 30 ftghf sir ot sorts that used syiles nstead ot polygons I was your ms sen to protect you base tram an encroachng enemy with grand and aerut luces UtAsasg the
•-fateg, nemvmt d Star fta-Vcs rpd mao system. ,*».( wa e emy moved - rt£ /me; yd j tiq ycade StU hear Be •: >. «pvi B* game ass fleeter* The lateiv *,’eme/4 ct m*s»'/ ;►.■>, n f ■; ” r.j-,
na.', recertly resurfaced w*h Drse»t StrAe Topmarlrs
SKY HIGH STUNTMAN
Code Ulsters lb 99 AuJ iRwCy VIC'
Suely some «ry as Sere s .tun-whatsct'-. - What .se I*t tu'e e. a verts ary scrolng SEU thd's not that much Defle* than s SEUO game Created n the wake ot the awesome STWV (Jen Bkwdy r«ad*r< tfhafhe mei" ot couse . that tV •> near SHN quaafy verts alys ■ blister Rom the Code*. AcA decent software tdbrtoi J* ,/d be without fou stars at the ab'dMa maianm. we say - AP) • •
SNOOPY AND THE CASE OF THE LOST BLANKET
The Edge 124 99 AvaCabWry 1/10 Great visuals spod by a stow and ledcws ircaae advertise Crosvng the same scieen over and over agon destroys al wil to play on Tbs gam* has a rear charm. « Charle Brown and the gang, and suely a worlhwh* gam* cold be created But doesn't tun o>4 Use Bas *
Mcrodeal 124 99 Avalatskty. 0/10
A beauilidy crafted and wigaiat game that combines the best elements ot a platform l*e fa* And Ice and Bi* aitense power ot an Operation WoB game style, and if* three years old and st* fresh You don't bekeve any ct Bus garbage do you’ •
SOLDIER OF LIGHT
ICE 124 99 Ava*aMty 1/10
Ruvol Owcnl perform game bearing only a passaig lesamblance 10 the arcade ongaul but no less playablf lor that a * *
Actvsam 124 99 IvaUaMCy 0/10 A shoot eirvup t4o good *
SORCERER S APPRENTICE
Actual Screenshots 119 99 Ava*aM(y 0/10
NoBwig to do With the Durey Hm, tbs ■s a cult ruvandiunp pUttcrm game I s undemandng ai braepowtr but eapects deaterty for these altaas Unusual paralaang gives the enpresson that the platforms are flojhng ei the «r - a M diuoncerfmg bi* you get used to 4 Very playable, but vw>y loo rare to ted anymore
tntoeom 124 99 AvaAktACy 0/10
Bach r the good old days at typer adventues that ifdiared heavy doses at those rate commodbes. togc and lateral Bvnhng, you could be rewarded by hurauous comment fs easy to see why people hate them, but f s epjaty suprisaig Bin peocle 111 ter graphic adventues Oh. f S an onenlal advenlue and fs dead good aw*
Avadabaty Not worth the tun
Some ffiKMfcw good grace—s and vr wasted on a bog standard pa“-'.ii yr“je fftwlie *
tatta Arts £21 99 ArmUCvAfy Poor.
AcBTfYag pm—-k f’ont an appabeg (hfAsat Liana if if- appaieg P'rc *
SPACE HARRIER 2
C’! T'.'jnd 124 99
A. a ul •, Sra i 'l . iflop
1AU' worse ties the or ;■ •
30 and sprte movement writ.' vx/ f. a**J game - target a *
SPACE QUEST 3
Smr'i 13Q 99
A. r vtviay >. >i*.tary m. v,„-r.
On* ot r test adventue gar ei. It :-. S tra The sound and grace-/ ■** Ohay - the parser blows < al ***
Mastertrorvc 14 99 AvaaabWiy 0/10
You are a Space Ranger «**> goes r'OLOd saving kttie akens from being taken away by bad akens (sweet, ah’! Don't be tooled. Bes is bad news *
kbetopros; 134 99 Avwltbdfy 6/10
Deal graphcs. great soud and the Olayabaty to match Untortuialcty it is a M loo aasy. but a* ai al a class game a a a a
Smash 1614 99 AvaAabAfy 1/10 Yawntrama game scf ai an
ervwronmenl rruch Ike Qoaei 0 Itaru. eicept you central a sober and not a clown. Oh. and f s nowhere near as good a
SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
Surbyte 124 99
A fantasy RPC adventure Burs too Sanlar to the Bard's Tale style to deserve a aecommendibon The gtaphes rise the slandavds Biougti a
Domacli £19 99 AvpIabAty 3/10
A beat 'errvuo w*h character s based on Bie Spitting Image pibpets ot uipdCUar world leaders heatng each other up No skA is reaured and feneraly tacks knesse, as w*4 as beeig 90* out ot dale - Gorby's gone. Maggie's gone. Rome's gone. Botha's gone, the Ayiioaah's gone, and only the Pop remans I's tuny tar an hou or two but cheaper laughs can be had elsewhere a
CDS 124 99 Ava4jpAty 0/10
Just another bma game show abot* sport vwth a TV gameshow kcence tagged on Not very good a
Arc £19 99 AvaAabAfy. 0/10
Early Defender clone that has been tided rp so much rat 4 looks ghastly Sibganves add nOBwig *
SSt £24 95
Reeased way back n 1988. ttvs
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*:-</** 121 95 AuiiMy 2/10
loo fame styles that just about «4 together Space Conquest (tut evolves movng sh<rs uO tfx galaiy r an attempt to confront nv enemy;ether the computer or anotv* played ntacti Oxn becomes Ox second game nohog a smdf Ajlerodstyp* SfU agaaist the C'emy Okay • *
Fleotrono Arts 124 99 /.erabitty 1/10 llecbonc Arts leAowsp to thee ongeial Space tredng and npkyabon that gets bar eg and u*xcessary at lavs WorJd need oassabir graphes ** the ongesal Starlight to be worth rdcasng ••
STARQUAKE Uanlare 119 99 AvaAabkfy 0/10.
One ol the test Amga games aralaUe. and rather good convdereg fs yrst a Atari ST port<y>er. Vs a very playable arcade adventure wAkch has a lot ol character m the man spree and tlx enemes The whole game is one d eiptorahon and remnds you o< Eute (another trpkyng game) xatn Ox same sense ot dscovery Recommended i you ever see 4
Domark VI0 Avctobity 5/10
Fads to ((create ttx leei that made the arcade game so great, but not a bad gam* ei As own right
Screen 7 124 99 AvUabkty: 0/10.
Sakworm clone that looked good, but played too slow and bomgty to create anythng worth 125 Ths is aho the same company that bought us Hgh Sheet and laws, so the f «ne never had a good oedgree •
SSI 124 99
tt Avaiabkfy 0/10
HI Ths won’! wn any sand or graphes
V awards, but 4 may 4 depth ot play
I was on ttx 1st of wrong uteres Ths HT » is a truch deeper galaxy conquest game than Srevemacy but wthoul the
flashy front end Recommended 4 you Ml ike in thna • • »
Tynesoft 124 99 AvaeabMy: 0/10
Crappy and ponbess game trom a now definct company ARhoLgh not a mayor league pubksher. they <td rdriu some reasonable games I makes you wonder why convenes <Ae Ac tension and Cnemawar* went bust gist yet compares Ike Impressros are still gong strong *
STORM ACROSS EUROPE
SSU24 99 AvaAabkty. 0/10
SSls aieneompassng wargame whuth puts m* a the role of HI— commanderg m the German fpreas between 193945 Lots to do bu doesn't tied tt user tnerdUass Because ot es vastness * *ms ori, skghtty over AS narrower scoped / •. w w
lAhemom 124 99 knUbOf 3/10
F A/ -re game. utkiirg a behnothe player viewport. of terms «looks styksh and plays reasonably net Vs vM thal ttx gama ts too thei to warrant (he lavish presentation
STREET ROD Caktorna Dreams 124 99 A>a4aM(y from America perhaps’
A 1960s car game wth an awful dnwig sequence, but e is actuafy fin Iddng mth the nsates of the car And the shelters on the vde are good
STREET ROD 2
C attar nu Oreams 124 99
Avatabiey See above
Sam* as Street Rod but wgh move
modem cart Less stars as there are
no stickers ths tnx •*
STREET SPORTS BASKETBALL
Epyx/US Gold 124 99 AveTabACy 3/10 Remember when you used to play baskethai n the school yard weh your males’ No’ Wee anyway, that's whtt ths game it Very lew nAes and good tun lor two players, but tfx (We arvmahon makes 4 less cryoyaMe to play *•
idea 126 99
An lakan shoot 'em up whch it
Gremkns 2 with drtterent graphes and
no d*<t*y HOritOtiURy SCIOkng
levets mak* up lor ths though
SUB BATTLE SIM
Epyx/US Gold 124 99 AvakMXy 2/10
Slow mmng. graptacaty dated and unrat) dee submarine sentiabon These enbersms asoe Vs sW a completi waste ot Imc •
Eleebonc Zoo 119 99 Ava4abkfy No chance Ths is a npott ot the very popular table top loolbai game (Ts not a np of*. Vs a bteedn Irene* - API Tfx graphes are very good, but the gameolay is lerrCile - every shot has to be perfect to be any good Vs yust loo hard and Irustrateig to ptay *
Tynesoft 119 95 AvakaMty 3/10.
Not lust any Old yoysbckrraggkng soorts sen Only live events, but they are portrayed tram such orrgvuaJ rowponii thil e makes the game nut more erycyahte As adrkcbvx as ths sort ot thng usualy is. www
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The HI Squad 17 99 Avavlatefy 3/10 Class* motorhke raeng game, surpassed now by the Ikes ol Lotus and Crazy Cars 3 • • • •
Covh/flec Irene Zoo 119 99 AvjiVSAty 1/10 Pirtistone hekeopter wm whch rs -ert to rrpcisCVe to play Super tkvey' Cack Hxy more Ike (Dc you wane a (Ob’-API *
Grew £29 99
A.J-lyoAey 2/10 Recent release hem Gremko sees them trying thee hand at a if*f RPC Vs eipervixnlat lor them wen rM beeig a noble lakure. the other e'penmen i2Un 9 fiom Oner Space! beeig yust a taket. t was basvaly a typeei aOverhac that used gtapbes. arcade sequences and ten to cieate a game whch ended up beevg too denvalivt They woikd have done better lo stick to one style and try to get better at« * •
THE SWORD AND THE ROSE
Code Masters 16 99 AvktaMty 2/10
A platform style game »i vevch you gude a kragte aroend a merkeval land to fescue a process Let down by the way the krvght yunps, the terigile shortness dl the game and tlx fact thal you! Insh 4 wghn live goes
SWORD OF ARAGORN
SSI 124 99 Avatabkey 1/10
Nodwig to do wth Udde Earth or n tact an eryoyable game, ths base wargame is Afferent n that Vs set et a lartasy world with trees eistead of tanks **
SWORD OF SODAN
Discovery 125 99 Avakabkly: 5/10
A beat 'emuo whch makes U use ol the graphes and sound ches The gameplay a movatnve but Imged flypng error mere IVhat he means is utterc/ap -AP)
SWORD OF TWILIGHT
Exctronc Arts 124 95 Avaeabeey: CHO A role piayng game that nvotves moving about and not dong rrutW g stole the UIBMj style of graphes and wewporg but salty faded to make a game ot g •
Simjrfs 119 99 Avagjbggy: 0/10
Fantasy arcade adventue whose style \ was stolen to be used at the pseudo sequel Colorado Graphes were good then but are a bg poor by today's standards •*
Uistertrorvc 14 99 4va4abkty Mho cues’
An ntothescreen shoot emup whch IS basicaty Space Hamer Wgh a space shp nstead at a fiyvig man •
Gnmm 12 99 Ayjgjbkfy 1/10
Furry game Drive arouid America el you cat wgh a gin (i gs seen, and stop oh at places Irymg to shoot people Himous when they bust open after beeg shot and waggle thee arms arouid on the hoar
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knag* Works 125 99
Avadabkry Sbi tor sate m bjrgjn beis arouid the cduxry. krvige Works lasteve* ideas* was yust another bed 'envup whch repeats gsed oi every level, nothng new You go >ouid. eat puta and <ai down »»*S Con tans a twoplayer gam* whch hfes e a Me Cowabuiga1 (Nor l •» •
Enetgue 124 99 AvMibwry [ow
How can an over he jd goi game be playable’ Noi n ths way. that's for sue a k
TEST DRIVE 2
Accolade 119 99 Avaeatakry 6/10.
Good car senulalor Ou'le reakstic. good iy<i. the orgy problem beng the dsk swappng wgh the data Asks Faefy decent • * *
THE THREE STOOGES
Mr i or image 19 99 AvaUbkty 3/10
Cnemaware pay homage to enema genuses the Stooges I But whatever happened to ggy’ - AP) Very tinny and hunouous eg px throwng matches Satfy la) Vs Amtrxan funou, (bl Vs batfy programmed
Grand slam 124 99 AvaVabdry: 0/10.
Grandslam's (nest hou was ths (icdferg arcade adventue that had you nvotved wgh lour rescues, each dflerem and chakengng The rtxisc and graphes were great - Vs about tnx for a sequel w w w w
Ranbow Arts 124 99 AvakaMity: 0/10
In the arcades it was caled Wonder Soy. as on the other computers Maybe Vs a r«olt *w
Ekt* 19 99 Avagabdey 1/10
Crap kcenca caslvn A bad pfirlatm beat 'emro with poor giaptacs and worse gameplay Unredeemable *
Capcom 119 99 AvnlabMy 2/10.
A below average beat 'emu® Easy to get nto but i4tmatety repetgive * *
>124 99 Avafabdly 000.
Supnsngly smai graphe adventue that was shorter than a paragraph, and pursers whch were as doficd as a French game •
TIME AND MAGIC
Level 9124 95 Avadabdty 0/10
Compgjbon ot level 9s lirogy ot text adventue gam* Lords Ot Tme. Bed Moon and Price Ot Mage Wh4* they are good, they're not special, orgy the tact that there is lots ot 4 to get though helps wgh tlx epc adventue feel Sti nowhere near as good as Hocom www
ttciodeal 14 99 Avwfjbdry 1/10
A real old class*:, a sort ol shoot errv to bul wgh a dash ot strategy and adventue thrown n land even Pac Man) Std good hr to play * w • w w
Mandain 119.99 Avatabdty 0/10
Earkest Amga game evert Or one ot them anyway Red Rat akrg wgh Mcrodeal were (he lest compares to iftfas* SubPO quakty games lor a U price hgue What you got were C'ap games la plartormn n ths easel that Soecbum owners would laugh at •
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•Andscapc 124 99 Avartabdly 0/10
Another earty Amga game that rs besl deserted as an overhead Gaunflet style RPG g was eery good and eicepoonaiy large and Me Udwmfer sadly could be completed without dscovfrng the compleuty that ttx desagners rtended Forget that Iau4 and euAo'e You I lod 4 as rewardng as any game ww*a
TINT1N ON THE MOON
Acbon 1617 99 Avatabdry. 2/10
Ths got a good renew when 4 test came out about three years ago A perfect sie* ol mediocrty. utksrg cone book colours about twe), in arcade adventue at the very proacX of averageness R donT com* more ndde ol the road than ths *
TOM AND JERRY 2
Mage Bytes 119 99 Avafapdfy 0/10
How GrenWn could have marketed ttvs load of riTtvsh IS beyond me I know Ihey look a long hme to laid themselves r the I6b4 market, but ths trashy platform game wasnt the ngte start any company needs *
TOM AND THE GHOST
Ub So(ti24 99 AvaLabdfy 0/10
Lame platlorm game that sported a bad cover panong ot a sheetw.se kd blowing bubbles with cheweig gun The French should stick to graoheaf adventues •
TOWER OF BABEL
Banted 17 99 Avadabdry: 2/10
Imtfutlt 30 graphes that move Ike a monster r a 50s Bmovx Nevertheless, packed with features n 4S lowerOukVg gameplay, nckjdng a game desgner and tons of tnx settngs For consbucbon freaks everywhere •••
Wacom 119 99 Avatabddy 0/10
More Lost Treasues Iron Hocom that even they lost
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Ikerodea 19 99 Avatabdty Hmm
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H4 Squad 17 99 Avatabdfy: 7/10
Compel ere conversam d the board game I does the Ob. nothng more nothng less ww
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Densark 119.99 AvaLafwkry 4/1(3
A dsaopuntment after the angnat Moves away bom the standard board game and bxs to be ongnaf -perhaps too ongnat ww
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to«*ls£19 99 I MtUbMr. 2/10
I Just car gam*. you *mt i
cbact el lew tracks and you o *oi/)d the* It's tin when ycu ctash bul youl gt' bo>ed 0I tVi v«vy qucUy * •
US Gold £25 99
t*ce I amtxvghr. and some u vxjywig rrxju* HoPvng (Vlffpol Item ihe tvu one except your exhaust blows up (We tty* youl hnd Pul s Pie lute' keattae - AP) Medccre
ttoodeji t 4 99 AvaAabday ft'
Scalextric an the Amga’ Did end dodgy control, cspecuty n two-player mode Also ivaAatae is pert cl the In Star SenAiboni edeebon
TV SPORTS BASEBALL
*ndsc«M£25 99 A.aAabAfy Hgh
Compel wit but nevit ably AA bluM
sm f® r«o Riiefcjl belts e maagruly • •
TV SPORTS FOOTBALL
fieiu Jcty £29 99 (is part ol the S« Bai 2 COmpAltqnl A.Mtbttr 9/10 We4 tefirded strategy Ametcm loottuA (line Showng es age. md t M lost next to the Hies ol John Hidden, bul sM li/i • » •
US Gold £24 99 ArMWy: VI0
Undless shod ertHp hr «<th lerrbke ii-game punckialtofi, sma* mm scenes, missive endol level scents, jerky scrolling md ode good gtlphcs A poor converse* ol the licide game ISe. you're utterly wrong Tils gjrne a lib, and wei deserving oftne stus - API
USS JOHN YOUNG Mage Bytes £24 99 JtoaAabdty Setter BatJy programmed serxiilae.
Khoidh it does otter some orgojl Oris wtveh std haven't been touched on three yews on • • •
Mistenronic £9 99
AvaAabdty You won't fnd ffvs, except
Poor luhnisbe sport type game their rich player controls i robot which deflects i metd bid Just i 30 Pong reaby. but w4h i useless control method *
(tax £7 99 AviAibdty: 2/10
A gime «t vrheh you tsive lo rescue Midonm A bad conversion ol i bid wcede gime Bad controls md leskous beyond betel *
Mwtech £4 99 AvaAabdty 0/10
This his one ol those Barbanantype saucy covers, md you play a red hared, busty woman who bens no (guess went) a uxen Crap •
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Inrt) £24 99 4vaiabdty 0/10
Awesome tempest clone Put newt got i IJ UK rrtoise No company has yet come dos* lo lmutrg me lee log ol enptndng doom md name tdistrg Sad the company doesn't exist anymore
CCS£1999 AvaAabdy 0/10
A AVI <w* battle aaigime Quee oW
so you Snow what to expect
Mage Bytes £19 99 Atilabdfy 0/)0
A a AbplayCr stockmarket Situation game that morporales pathetic arcade tats lltvouety poaidess at I but mac Imt knd ol way a
mnogi imes It 99 AvaAabdty Only i you're mid Belly bad Western shoot ‘errup Yew h h Not •
flee trove Arts £24 99 4vanmn>ry 2/10
An eight player lantisy/stralegy game nirgame Adequate grapher md sound, bul the fame comes rto its own when the other players joai r fm a bg Im ol these rrx*payer games, me »«»•
Thahon £24 99 4viitibdfy 0/10
A SEU Put’s as bernj as Pie name is short •
THE WAY OF THE LITTLE DRAGON
Parsec £24 99 AvaAabdty 0/10
Beal emuc saniar to kiternabonal Karate (Pie last one) aAtch otters no chalwige at al • a *
Ranbrd £24 99 AvaAabdty 4/IC Great rasuals (Or 4s lane, bul the actual game was dogged by bugs and Ore release dale was always beaig pul back When it was kna*y released the hype had dec down, and benw products were appearasg $ »4i 4 s Oule angaip md worth seeing out ii you ever wanted to be happed aisrde yosa own aero dream
S3 £24 99 AvalabWey 0/10
la] WW2 wargame. (hi 8 W graphes. S<) Okay a a
The only dherence between ttti
wargame and al the oPiers is Pal 4 is
set ai space But that's net sayeig
Basary Viscrvtlectrr Dteams £6 99 AvaAabdry 3/10
An lausual shoot 'erryup that's very dlterenl You've got to know yota 1AT0I IQ play Pas one a a a
reus £24 99
Srccptayer serobng BtU whose cn»y CtM to <am> was that the hero could cal soon a oartv to rep har a
Undscaoe £24 95
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4 fwi -image to gc wist Pie appa&xgs, Vo a taadir. you I be •eweided war bog standard grapeici and soiatd a> • ga»» -awt. s pathetic beyond bekrl Possbly the worst game on Pie Amf a a
Swrra £19 99 Avaiabdey 2/10
A great game arth tacedcni grades
and sand the aan it to lard Arty's Irog Horny * comes on 12 dsks. so a hard dive is pretty essential
Maidscape £ 19 99 AvesioAfy 0/10 Ongat's sequel to the equafy aboenus graphr akrntut game lioetain Bad graplKt and son speed make a not very good game
kdocom £24 99 ArMabdty 0/10
Eirrlen An easy tot adventure tor al us Ians atm art too crap lo spend years playvig throsqh Pie /ork games Becommended 4 you cm (aid
the Hi Squad £7 99 AvaAabii'ly: Sb4 arv/png araasd here and there
You're a bomcaig bal cokuing ai Pat levels, hasrcaly aaa
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AvaSabAty. Very scarce the graptics aren't wonderiii and Ihe vxnd wei let me just say when you score 4 sosasds ike a plane just few over Bul 4 does show a ratty overhead kick DtA. stow md tedoi*
Maslertronc £9 99 AvaAabdty 1/10
You may the* that darts IS somethng wtkch doesn't convert wel ado a computer game You'd be right a
/epoetn £9 99 Aveaatxify Sma4
A management game where you can't change Pie Ira matron and everythaig seems lo be random a *
WORLDS OF WAR
tnietnecare £24 99 Avadaddry 1/10
Set ei Ihe tutiae It also has a fault Wai scenarn. Weed *a
WORLD TOUR GOLF
Elecbonic Arts £24 95 Avjifjbdty Median rare An utterly terrtoie go* san Avoto •
Mcrostyte £24 99 AvMabdry: 0/10
Hcqetess two prayer SEU wdh rroPirg to do Spit scieen. but yoail crap «
Kixi £7 99
PrnlOid. and not as good as A's orty one player Hce power tq system though a«
YOGI BEAR AND FRIENDS
tktec £6 99 Av.xrrbdty 2/10
Baitoto idn that in] gg ttMst Akin ere average bear •
Itoctiorri Alls £24 99 Availibwf, Check mjl or<i ads » you're tied 0< set-nri gO» “m "•' none lav you A game ol crayy go* artr wonderhvry uu(uaU graptwrs and uperb muse Omy nrc hetos but they're d" Ld and avyoyat— —rr-r (or joi to keep comng back lo. espec.-efy with the lour player cqbon
Ub oh £24 99
4yaiabdty You're more Mely to (aid a real Zombie
Crude, old md very v~ rl RPG about a shopoaig centre onrrrun by lombes
A*hi dsk access*-* tor EYERy SMGIE MOVE Despite 4s (arts rs std pretty good (un lo [Aay and has some ctover lour1-*' ••
Drsctxery XI9 99
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wtocom £24 99
A. - JbAty 0/10
las' n Pvt Zork sanes but was a
ptrquei to the whole epc A uses
graph* s lo present visual putties tMt
teil adver,trees never had Fvcelent
and a great atkenlrae r 4s Own right
a * a *
vAoconn 124 99 AvaAabdty 0/10 Beady Zork 4. Pas leitprAy game iKorporales 'deplay tkemenls ike characiev generabcas md auto mappng with text Good, bul nol as bg an itipacl as Zork Zero aaa
Hesrson £24 99 AvaAibWh, : 0/10
Ow ol Pie rjrtesl SEUs Itosi Boa maesbos Hew see Big ha on the 8 tads and std mpresuv* now. Ihe power-igy system was a tat (torPy and left you under weaponed at lanes • • • •
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He’s written some of the greatest Amiga games around. So it’s time we got some sense out of the lad from Sensible: Jon Hare.
What do you ballove in
I belwve that I am alive, and so are other people, and we should all try not to get or each other’s nerves Maybe then Me would be a I idle more tolerable
What was the first thing you said today
"Can you turn that tape down please’"
£ Who's your favourite historical figure
King Nebuchadnezzar, because he's got the best name, or The Brothers Gnmm. just because K1 they were bnliant Or Mozart, maybe
What's your Number One abject of desire
My wife Irene.
What have you got in your pockets
A handkerchief, a goll lee. several plectrums, some rattle tickets lor a rattle organised by -loots' mum (Another Sensible programmer Joots. that is. not his mum - Ed) and my wallet
Which is the most sensible - John Major or a nice warm vest
Neither e at ail sensible.
If you could be in a computer game, which
one would it be
I would be m Centipede, lot a change of lifestyle
Is there anything or anyone you'd kill for
Depends it I'd gel caught and put ai tail or not. I'd certainty aid a cause 1o destroy world reii on. but I'm not sure if I'd actually kill anyone or not
Would you vole for the Maastricht treaty
I don't care It's irrelevant to Me
What's your favourite Bananarama song
Venus, because the only time m my life I ever went to the Hippodrome. I went with this A me near girt I'd met al an Oznc Tentacles gig. and I went round her house afterwards and she lotd me ihai she'd had the idea for Live Aid but couldn't do <1 because she wasn't a famous star, so she'd thought-beamed the idea to Bob Geldot I went with her and this other btoke who fancied her to the Hippodrome and she wouldn't snog me because I . had a cold and ths other guy got oft with her and I couldn't dance to any of the records
except Venus because they were all temble It was a disaster. n,*! !!0* for LotJ !h
Are video games killing pop music
We were asked this question at the Amiga Format Live show, and I agree with Joots when he sad ‘Pop music killed ilself Pop go) taken over by marketing men producing bonng. bland, unimaginative, anihaa!. synthesised pap tor eight solid years and (hen wondered why their empire was crumbling all around them.
Whet's your favourite planet in the Solar System
Uranus, because I'm an Aquarius and that's my ruling planet
What would your autobiography be called
"Hare Today, Jon Tomorrow."
What single question would you most like to know the
"Why do we need interest in order to control a monetary system, when all it
does is contuse everybody’"
What one thing do you think would most improve the
Total artistic licence, and a total tksregard for censorship or oflervkng
What would you like your epitaph to be
"So long, farewell, aul Wiedersehen. goodbye
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