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CONT
SOFTWARE • 1
ARCADE
Editor M O O N STRIKE MIRRORSOFT 19
David Kelly DEATH WISH III GREMLIN 20
Deputy editor BOULDERDASH II PRISM 25
G r a h a m Taylor TIME FLIGHT POWER HOUSE 25
Staff writer ORIENTAL HERO FIREBIRD 25
Jim Douglas GAME OVER IMAGINE 36
Staff writer MOUNT1E MICK'S DEATH RIDE REAKTQR 3
Tamara Howard SUPER ROBIN HOOD CODE MASTERS 36
Art editor HOCUS POKUS BUG BYTE 22
CORE BUG-BYTE -37
Gareth J o n e s
SIDEWIZE FIREBIRD 44
Adventure help THETMBE QUICKSILVA 48
Gordo Greatbelly LEVIATHAN ENGLISH 52
Zapchat KILLER RING REAKTOR 52
J o n Riglar VOID RUNNER MASTERTRONIC 53
Helpline REBEL VIRGIN 56
Andrew Hewson CHALLENGE OF THE GOBOTS REAKTOR 63
Contributors PNEUMATIC H A M M E R S FIREBIRD 64
Richard Price CAPTAIN KELLY BUG BYTE 64
FLASH G O R D O N MASTERTRONIC 64
Andy M o s s
SUPER G - M A N CODEMASTERS 64
Gary R o o k ULTIMA RATIO FIREBIRD 64
Hardware correspondent TRANSATLANTIC B A L L O O N CHALLENGE VIRGIN 64
Rupert G o o d w i n s MOTOS MASTERTRONIC 66
Advertisement manager LAST M I S S I O N US GOLD 79
Louise Fanthorp e DESTRUCTO BULLDOG is
ri RE BIRD
Deputy a d ve rti se me n t m a n a g e r RIVER RAID 86
Mike Con-
Production assistant
Alison M o r t o n
COMPILATIONS
Publisher s secretary ACTION PACK ALUGATA 86
Linda Everest
Subscriptions manager
Carl D u n n e
Publisher
Terry Pratt
Telephone
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(Fax: 0 1 - 6 0 8 2 9 6 7 )
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Back!
James MacDonald
Sinclair User All the games to look 91
EMAP B u s i n e s s & C o m p u t e r
out for . . .
Publications Star Wars a n d Sea
Priory C o u r t Warfare 72 Tint look at Moan Streok (Mirror*©ft),
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London EC1R3AU
major strategy round-up. Features full
Typeset by PRS Ltd. 27 N e w St, reviews of A r m a g e d d o n M a n a n d
St. Neots. C a m b s . Convoy Raider a n d a d o u b le mega-
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ISSN No 0262-5458
A B C 84,69 9 flty-Dec 198 6
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REGULARS 3
Whodunwot
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ZapChat 6
MapChat 8
Compo Winners 18
Smash C o u p o n s 23
Code Talk 26
WORKOUT Charts 38
LEARN CHESS COXSOFT 25 Letters 42
CRICKET AVERAGES SOUtH CGAST 36 B a c k g r o u n d Noise 47
CHESS NutS SIMAtfl 64 Poster No 7 50
Outlands 54
STRATEGY Hewson 60
Surgery 69
ZENJI FIREBIRD 37
Gordo 75
SPACED OUT FIREBIRD 37
ARMAGEDDON M A N MARTECH 73 Write Stuff 88
CONVOY RAIDER GREMLIN 74 Next M o n t h 90
Classic Moves 95
Gremlin 98
SIMULATION
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Hardware 40
Gem f o r t h e S p e c t r u m ? T h e P l u s 3
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Introducing
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mysterious
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RAPS! | YUPPIE ATTACK!

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In-house programmers at
 G r e m l i n have gone completely hose of y o u w i t h weak: sto-
potty and is putting together C o m -
p e n d i u m , featuring the Wink fami-
ma c h s a n d tidy m i n d s will
ly, father Tiddly, his wife Mavis not not be i n the slightest bit
to mention the Wink children and interested i n Virgin's n e w release.
the dog.
Lots and lots of games liko the But if you're someone who
pub game, w h e n father flips his mourned the death of Rile and the
beer glasses for his long suffering
rest in the double-decker bus, you
family to catch.
All donations to 8ave G r e m l i n ' s pine for a third series of The
Sanity Fund will be gratefully re- Young Ones, if you're a fan of the The ga me, w e ' r e told by
ceived.
Dangerous Brothers and ache to ( w h o is spending a great deal of its
The ma n behind F a i r l i g h t s I
 hear the phrase, " N o brakes, I time these days giggling and being
and I I , Bo Jangeborg, has de- have no b r a k e s , " t h e n you are the
fected from S o f t e k T h e E d g e . He's
silly) is based very closely on the
now in the clutches of N e x u s , w h o sort of person w h o will be i n rap- book, a n d centres a r oun d a party
will be publishing his next game. tures over How t o be a Complete in a smart area of L o n d o n . A Yup-
As far as we know, the n e w game
will be out sometime around Christ-
Bastard, the Video Game. pie party, w h i c h A d e gate-crashes
mas, and could be called D a r k Yes, in a m a d fit of depravity, in order to ruin everyone's fun.
E a r t h , but the chances of that are
really quite slight in fact.
Virgin has t a k e n A d e E d m o n d s o n ' s The idea is to clear all the Yup-
A team w e haven't heard of book and turned it into w h a t will pies out of the place b y doing
 before - Creative Reality - is undoubtedly be the most disgust- things w h i c h are completely Bas-
working on a n e w licence for Mar-
tech It's based on the cartoon char- ing, repulsive, foul, utterly addic- tardish. Mostly this involves a
acter S l a l n e and It might be an tive game this side of Watford. huge a m o u n t of alcohol, me a s u r e d
adventurey sort of game. Or it might
not
And it won't be out for simply The n e w disc-based Spectrum - Spectrums are No 1! • Natural
ages. So don't hold your breath. • the 128K + 3 is n o w officially • ly) N e w research, conducted by
Mixe Male — he of Hewson's launched by Amstrad and already AOBrLek Trak. of home computer
 steam loco sim S o u t h e r n B e l l e available in some scores Volume sales in the major high street stores
has done it again. He and Bob Hlll- production has begun and by the for the first six months of this year
yer are working on E v e n i n g S t a r , end of August the machine should show th-3 Spectrum 1 2 8 K » 2 out-
a second railway simulation based be easily available. T h e Plus 3 - still sell ing the Commodore 6 4 by four to
on the train of the same name, overpriced, sad to say costs & 2 4 9 , one! In fact the nearest rival in
which w as actually pretty famous although an Amstrad spokesperson Gales terms to the 1 2 8 K - 2 is the
as trains go. Lots more tricky situa- suggested that, the price w a s likely old Sinclair 128 n o w being heavi
tions, problems and puzzles, and a to be discounted in some stores. ly discounted in some stores
big locomotive to boot. 80 if you'ro a Dixons. for example, already dis-
counts the 1 2 8 K > 3 from its price of W h e n your weekly allowance
railway enthusiast, chuff out and
& 1 3 9 , d o w n to nearer £ 1 3 0 Similar • just won't stretch to the cost of
buy it, sometime around September, that pink Giorgi A r m a n i suit with
w e think discounting is certainly a possibil-
ity for the Plus 3. For your- money the chequered lining that you've
C h r i s K e r r y and F u n g u s t h e the 1 2 8 K - 3 package Includes the had your eyo on for simply ages,
 B o g e y m a n are currently prog- micro itself, an Ocean game com- then perhaps you m a y like to try
ramming M a s k I I for G r e m l i n , pilation disc - including C o s m i c what nine wholesome American
deep in the bowels of Sheffield. A W a r t o a d , M a i l s t r o m , Gift o f t h e kids did By tapping away onto their
game much like M a s k we're told, Gods, NOMAD and D a l e y T h o m p - trusty 'putors in N e w York. Los
with a multiple load and four mis- s o n ' s S u p e r t e a t , and the SJ1 joy- Angeles and Texas - the Y a n k s
sions to play with. M a s k I I will bo stiok ... yes we know ... it's t h e managed, via various bulletin
out in the very near future, possibly same wonderful stick A m o t r a d h a s boards, to break into bank charge- A Predator
even before M a s k But I didn't quote been trying to get people to buy for card accounts and order themselves
M u m shopped him to the oops and
them on t h a t . .. the Plus 2 all sorts of little bits and pieces It
n o w they're all facing massive poli-
w a s only w h e n one member of the
ce oharges. The nine indlviduala
gang ordered and received an extre-
Yet again w e are to be given the arrested are all aged between 14
mely expensive skateboard that his
• opportunity to race around a
track at very high speeds in a
Formula One car. But this time it's
different Because N i g e l M a n s e l l .
he of the moustache and the very
quick accelerator pedal. 16 the main
man in M a r t e c h ' s game called, u n
surprisingly w e feel, N i g e l M a n -
sell's Grand P r i x It's due for re
lease on November 19. four day.*
after the final Grand Prix in Aussie
land. Everyone expects Nigel's gon-
na win the Championships, so M a r
tech could well have a cult game o n
its hands. The game will feature
things like a computer link to the
pits, enabltng you, as driver, to give
detailed instructions to your orew
about w h e n you want your tyres
changed and so on. Your controls
inside the car s h ow speed of the car,
the overall condition of it. and his
position in the race. For those of
you w h o feel euch technological
wizadry is far too hard to cope with,
there's an alternative game which
simply allows you to go around the
race track like a bat out of hell and
not worry about, anything else at
all<

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U L X X W O t Newsdate:
THAT WAS THE
according to y o u r ' d r u n k o m e t e r ' . Bastard'. T h e w h o l e t h i n g is b e i n g
MONTH THAT WAS

S
Tills i n t u r n leads to t he swelling brought to y o u r s c r e e n s u s i n g a
of y o u r ' w e e o m e t e r ' wlilcli results n e w t e c h n i q u e k n o w n as, surpris- o Amstrad expects the
in a lot of v e r y d a m p Y u p p i e s . B y ingly e n o u g h , Bastard-vision. £249 price of the expen-
s we a r i ng a lot a n d general ly b e i n g W e k n o w full well that this is sive new 128K 3 to be
thoroughly disgusting, y o u score going to be t he m o s t disgusting discounted by stores. Surprise,
Bastard points, a n d eventually get g a m e ever s e e n a n y w h e r e at all, surprise!
to light u p t he w o r d s a n d I c a n t w a i t to get h o l d of a And although Amstrad fierce-
'Complete copy. A n y t h i n g this horrible is ly denies it, it is now widely
b o u n d to sell millions. thought, too, that the price will
H o w to b e a C o m p l e t e B a s t a r d will have to drop again in Septem-
feature a split s c r e e n a n d four- ber, when the price difference
angle, full v i s i o n of t h e r o o m so between the Plus 3 and the Atari
that n o B a s t a r d i s h feat will b e ST will be narrowed by Atari to
missed. just £50.
A n y h o w , t he w h o l e t h i n g is Where the Sinclair machines
being p r o g r a m m e d b y Sentient have no rivals whatsoever is in
Software — t h e people w h o d i d T a i - the field of software. No other
P a n for O c e a n — a n d w e c a n expect machines can boast so much
an outbreak of Bastardishness software, or software so cheap.
sometime towards Christmas. This is undoubtedly the lead
A n d let's h o p e it's better t h a n t he that has made the Plus 2 now by
awful Y o u n g O n e s g a m e , r e l e a s e d far the most popular micro in
last y e a r B the UK today - selling over three
times as many machines as its
If How to be a Complete Bae But of course y o u do still get to nearest rival, the Commodore
• tard is not disgusting e n o u g h choose between the Plus 2 a n d Plus 64.
for your particular personal taste, 3. A s an Amstra d s p o k e s m a n put it
then maybe thi3 will bo. P o w e r "It's not like Russia w h e r e y o u go But what use is all this cas-
H o u s e is preparing to unleash a into a s h o p a n d there's n o choice."
sette software to the Plus 3? It
game entitled S o f t a n d C u d d l y at Tea. well That's all very fine. But
the beginning of September. A n d it's what about people w h o w a n t a disc can run it, by connecting up a
important to note at. this stage, that drive a n d bought a Plus 2 before the cassette player to the machine.
there is nothing whatsoever, abso-
lutely, at all. at all, cross m y heart
Plus 3 w a s a n n o u n c e d ? I guess they
might as well go to Russia . .
But what's the advantage in
and hope to be s p a n k e d until m y having a disc drive if there's no
bottom goes purplo < n o m o r e Black Last issue w e told you about a
software on disc? Well, there is
Adder Jokes, please FA). Soft, or • film, with the improbably
Cuddly About this game. Your n a m e d Dolpli L u n g r e n as the star an answer!
father's trapped in a refrigerator feature. A n d . w e said, wouldn't it bo
a nice idea if s o m e o n e turned H e
Romantic Robot is working on
and y o u r mother's gone quite lite-
rally to pieces after a nasty acci- Man and t h e M a s t e r s of t h e Uni- what will unquestionably be the
dent Release y o u r father from the v e r s e - T h e F e a t u r e M o v i e into a new machine's most significant
game A n d , lo a n d behold, G r e m l i n
fridge, collect all the bits of y add-on - the Multiface III.
mother, then s e w her back togeth
again A n d if it's anything like near This device - quite pricey at
ly all of P o w e r H o u s e ' s recent re- over £40 - allows any cassette
leases. it'll probably be useless
based software written for the
i v l s i o n is proving to be More 1 2 8 K + 3 news! Anyone Plus 2 to be loaded into the Plus
'rather o n the bail these d a y s • buying a PI u s 3 will pretty soon
3 - using any ordinary cassette
It's sneaking about a n d getting run u p against a B I G problem: n o
some fbal hot lioenoes Last m o n t h software! Ixjts of software on cas- player - and then dumped out to
we tcM you oil about N i g h t m a r e , sette n o software o n disc. Roman- disc.
and this month, we're talking P r e - tic Robot is w o r k i n g o n the answer*
d a t o r Arnold S c h w a r z e n e g g e r is - a device to d u m p out software The development won't
famous for having big muscles, a n d from tape to disc Its n e w Multiface please the software houses
III, latest in a line of such devices,
making cracking good - not to men-
tion violent - lllms. A n d cracking will d u m p out either screens or
much, though. The device
good movies m a k e cracking good software to disc at the touch of a breaks the copyright protection
gamoa w h e n licensed out to s m a r t button Multlface III will cost on the cassette software in
c-C'flware houses So w h e n Predator. 9 8 . available e n d of this m o n t h
Arnie's latest movie, w a s s u c h a
order to transfer it to disc.
All those sick a n d tired of low
Huge s m a s h in the States that it
• quality budget products will be
Amstrad on the other hand
took $ 3 m at the box office in its first
delighted at the latest m o v e from seems quite keen on the device
week. Activision nabbed it
H e w s o n Following the success of - after all it's going to help sell
Z y n a p s and E x o l o n , H e w s o n is
I n c e n t i v e is thoroughly ex-
Joining forces with M a a t e r t r o n l c .
the Plus 3.
• cited about, a brand n e w con-
cept that it's thought up. a n d putting out a whole stack of
Without it disc software for
brand n e w g a m e s o n a budgot label.
Come the P C W S h o w well be tre-
H e w a o n will be writing all the the machine can be counted on
ated to the sight of a g a m e called
D r i l l e r , w h i c h will feature ^ T r e e s - software, and M a s t e r t r o n l c will be licence G r e m l i n promises that it'll one finger of one hand - and the
c a p e . A n e w development in solid in oharge of distribution. T h e n e w really go to town o n this one. A Plus 3 becomes little more than
label, called H a c k - I t will be re rollicking arcade adventure. M a s -
3 D graphics, F r e e s c a p e allows the
player to m o v e to a n y point in the leased on the 17th September A n d ters of the U n i v e r s e — T h e F e a - an expensive way of buying a
landscape, a n d Chen to view that the best n e w s is that although t u r e M o v i e will feature thrills a n d Plus 2 - without the cassette
landscape from every conceivable they'll only cost £ 2 . 9 9 all the g a m e s
will be brand n e w stuff.
spills as y o u take y o u r c h a n c es
player!H
angle T h e graphics are solid a n d Against Beast M a n , the savage
convincing and really m a k e y o u feel Bad n e w s for a n y Spectrum lieutenant of Skeletor a n d the Sor-
C R E D I T P A I f B L T h a a k a go to David
ceress Evil l y n n e M a s t e r s o f t h e
as if you're there. I n c e n t i v e prom- • o w n e r wanting to add a disc DelVegrl. I a n O r l m e a , Steven P e e k ,
A n d r e w Front, I a n Bennett, S i m o n
ise us trillions a n d billions of drive Amstrad h a s n o w officially U n i v e r s e will be available from
Kelly. O e n l a A h m e t a n d M i n e alt Mak-
December we're told, a n d is going to
screens for every area of 3 D space. confirmed that it will not produce er a n a for
for ihn
their help in potting thia
Completely over the top1 an add-on disc unit for the Plus 2 . be absolutely a m a z i n g . of m together
t

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JON MOLAR'S

All the best things come in


groups of three you know. dam. He will then hand over
Pumps. Trios. One and a half some tulips
duos. Monty games. Talking • Take the tulips to Juliet in
of Monty games there's a Pizza
new one out. Well it was
new when I w r o t e this. N o w • The Mona Lisa should g o
it's probably nearly new. to the Mafia
• Cherries, rabbits and ice
Auf Wiedersehen cream all give extra lives
All these tips were sent via
Monty first class ferret f r o m Richard
Payne of Warley, and no, I

5
^ has the mole running don't know where Warley is
around all over the w o r l d either! Staying w i t h the sub-
^ doing ridiculous things and
drinking lots of beer. A n d
getting a sun tan. On his
mm

I
I feet. Just like me really. A n d
no - I can't get m y shoes on.
_ It's not funny! The pain, the
™ pain . . . Here're some hints:
• The football must go to

D
| Jeventus
• The tools repair the Au- o I really have to do this now? Me wanna go
strian Ski Lift in Austria beach! Show off my new Georgio Armarni shorts.
M • Chateau Blanc must go to
Dortmund. (Wherever that I And the Porsche sunglasses. In fact, the beaches
h is)
don't know what's hit them once old Riglar arrives with
̶ • The bacon must be sent to
Czechoslovakia
his surfboard. But. instead, I'm stuck here, behind my
H • The car wheel should be typewriter, banned from using the word 'ooer' in any
taken to Monaco context, with all the windows wide open to cool off. And
• Give the cork to the boy in to make my hayfever worse.
I Amsterdam w h o is obvious- ject of small furry creatures second line and the g a m e
ly going to stick it right that dig holes in your back CLEAR 32767:LOAD " ' CODE will start. Piff-poff-puff.
_ where he should stick it. In a garden just to annoy y o u RANDOMIZE USR 32799 A n d because everybody
when you're on holiday and here at l - H I loves the little
Type in the first line of the
give you a fit w h e n you creatures, we've rounded up
above and Run it. There w i l l
arrive back f r o m Ibiza or now be funny flashing bor- the map as well 11 Oh yes w e
wherever, Richard Payne ders and a game w i l l load. have! I It's f r o m Richard 'I'm
has also supplied the ulti- Then it will stop. Rather still in' Payne and it's got a
mate cheat. I mean the de- abruptly. The game has n o w humungous key w h i c h I've
finitive cheat: loaded. Then type in the got to type out. Sulk.

'AUF WIEDERSEHEN MONTY


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duck if it fires back. Then
w i t h his d o u b l e m a c h i n e -
g u n . Screen 11. D o n ' t bother WN
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j u m p t o the m i d d l e p l a t f o r m g o i n g u p to t h e level a b o v e -
a n d o v e r to t h e o t h e r side just charge at the missile
carrier f i r i n g all the t i m e.
p r a p l d d f l R l T f f E E j In Screen
Y o u w o n ' t need to duck un-
^ y o u l l i m m e d i a t e l y notice a
less a w a y w a r d missile c o m -
missile c o m i n g in y o u r direc-
es y o u r w a y. Once y o u arrive
t i o n . It's no g o o d t r y i n g to

CHAT
in Screen 12, fire a g r e n a d e
fire at it. The o n l y w a y y o u
at the missile c o n t r o l . If y o u
can destro y these missiles is
m o r e than a bit like the near- w e r e o n the upper level
by l o b b i n g a g r e n a d e at the
ly out Game Over f r o m Dina- t h i n g s w o u l d have got w o r -
missile c o n t r o l . This looks a
mic w i t h graphics that look a rying. Screen 13 is a doddle.
bit like a planet stuck o n a
bit like those in Equinox Just run i n t o the transporter
pole if y o u f o l l o w m y drift.
from Mikro-Gen. All fairly
The trick here is t o t i m e w h a t
Here's a g u i d e to the first
twenty-five screens of the
y o u d o - w i a t inside the t o p
transporter u n t i l the missile
easy g o i n g . In Screen 14
y o u ' l l c o m e across another
FANZINE CITY
game together w i t h a m a p
picking up f r o m screen 25,
starts to look t h r e a t e n i n g p o d alien and s o m e w a y - Fanzines, fanzines, fanzi-
( w h e n it's right up y o u r w a r d missiles. Stay station- nes!!! There are quite a
where things get really nose) t h e n p u s h y o u r joys- ary a n d b l o w t h e m away. few about. And I want
tricky. The final 25 screens tick u p and t r a n s p o r t to the Screen 15 and y o u ' l l f i n d o n e them all!! Anybody who
will be revealed next m o n t h . lower level. Get out of the d r e a d e d missile carrier. T w o
transporter quickly and l o b a o p t i o n s here - y o u c o u l d run
edits, compiles, or
SCREENS 1 & 2 Easy-peasy
stuff. You m a y get c a u g h t grenade at t h e c o n t r o l centre straight at it or g o t h r o u g h throws out a fanzine on a
out in y o u r first c o u p l e of before another missile the transporter. If y o u take regular basis should pay
g a m e s by the h u m u n g o u s appears. Simple really. the s e c o n d o p t i o n , r e m e m - attention. What I want to
g u n in Screen 1, but after Screen 10 is easy if y o u ber to run back i n t o the do is this - you all send
p l a y i n g the g a m e for the r e m e m b e r not t o charg e into missile carrier to collect y o u r your latest is to me at the
hundredth time, you should the f u n n y t h i n g s that p o p up. extra points. Screen 16 and usual address and the
be able t o blast it right a w a y . D o n ' t f o r g e t t o replenish another missile c o n t r o l t h i n g best one out each month
Don't w o r r y at all about run- y o u r stocks a n d t o change in to b l o w apart. Once in will get a mention
n i n g out of a m m o or mis- the G e o r g i o A r m a r n i capsu- Screen 17 y o u f i n d a g u n , the
siles because y o u can repla- le. Victor w i l l t h e n be an o d d m i n e here and there,
c h a n g e in level is most diffi-
ce t h e m in Screen 2 e v e n harder l o o k i n g g u y and a change in level. The
cult part. If y o u just j u m p
SCREEN 3 Quite a s i m p l e without thinking, odds on
that y o u ' l l land straight o n
screen. D o n ' t bother a b o u t
top of the first mine. Instead,
the g u n of the f u n n y t h i n g
b l o w the g u n u p w i t h a gre-
that p o p s u p out of the
nade a n d t h e n walk back a
g r o u n d - just get i n t o the
f e w paces. T u r n a r o u n d and
transporter and z o o m to the
t h e n make a r u n n i n g j u m p to
level above. R e m e m b e r to
miss the m i n e . Fire another
g r a b the replacement can
g r e n a d e to clear the rock
SCREEN 4. 5 and 6 "These f o r m a t i o n and t h e n j u m p
are p r o b a b l y the hardest over the final mine. Screens
screens y o u are g o i n g to 17 and 18 aren't too difficult.
meet in the first section. Lot- In Screen 18 y o u can replen-
sa b o u n c y t h i n g s appear and ish y o u r a m m o and d o n ' t
they w o b b l e all over the w o r r y a b o u t the t h i n g that
screen and lot of the t i m e p o p s u p - y o u can w a l k right
i n t o you. Y o u can j u m p up t h r o u g h it! In Screen 19, all
and blast, duck a n d panic. y o u need d o is j u m p in the
Try to recognise t h e patter n t r a n s p o r t e r a n d o n t o the
of the balls. S o m e w i l l miss upper level. Through
y o u c o m p l e t e l y d u e to their Screens 20 a n d 21 run a l o n g
height and others have to be the t o p levels and blast. You
blasted or it's Victor' s last m a y f i n d an occassional mis-
stand. A n d o l d Vic is a bit of sile f l y i n g a l o ng the top and
a dork o n c e he's hit - fling- y o u m a y need to duck to
ing his a r m s into the air like avoid them
a d e m e n t e d gerbil. There's a
p o d alien in Screen 6 and it's SCREEN 22 This screen is a
pretty nasty. Make sure y o u real pain. You'll c o m e across

char7E READER
'S
stay w e l l back o n c e y o u ' v e lotsa p o d s flying a l o n g right
had a g o at it. A n d keep at the edge of the level. The
firing! o n l y t h i n g y o u can d o here is
Tim B r a t t o n f r o m Sussex to blast and j u m p . W h e n y o u
_SCREEN
_ _ _ _ _7 Stay w e l l back. see a g a p in the p o d s run like
Watch the missile carrier billyo (or a n y b o d y else y o u
carefully and y o u ' l l notice a column (sounds a b i t " u d e I Z This bit of my can think of) and j u m p off
fuse b e h i n d it. W h e n it starts the ledge. N o w forget all
to crackle, start f i r i n g ! ! Make about the p o d s and concen-
sure y o u duck and fire as trate o n c o l l e c t i ng the stocks
well. Once the fuse stops and g r e n a d i n g the t w o rock-
b u r n i n g m o v e a f e w steps ets. You'll also have to look
f o r w a r d and t h e n check the
1 Arkanoid - . out for the occassional
fuse once again. If y o u ' r e b o u n c i n g ball. At this point
I Spy Hunter
w i t h i n a c o u p l e of steps of y o u s h o u l d be pretty grateful
3 Snduro Racor a ? ? that y o u d i d n ' t take the low-
the missile carrier, keep
walking w h e t h e r the fuse is i Barbarian % ' J sV i o n er level
b l o w i n g or not. T h e n all y o u * Krackout £ a/acf SCREEN _ 23 _ Only one
need do is j u m p in the trans- screen left to g o ! Don't w o r -
porter and replenish y o u r ry about the p o p p i n g - u p
He says Arkanoid is so add,,, C "' e / 7 j / ">
a m m o reserves t h i n g because, yet again,
Quite easy. B l o w y o u can w a l k t h r o u g h it.
<h ' „ ,c , T,m 'o imply hB ' Z 'J Breakout and Y o u ' l l n o w be u p against a
the g u n up as quickly as

SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987


IJON RICLAR'5 sorts of things. Tickle the
odd passer by (The M a d Celt POKUS CORNERUS

\ZAP
has been k n o w n to d o that
o n odd occasions but that's After last m o n t h ' s incredibl y h u g e p o k e corner I g o t q u i t e a f e w
another story), pull levers letters asking w h e r e p e o p l e s h o u l d place t h e i r pokes. Well.
and even make w i s h e s ! Y o u Dearie m e I t r i e d G a w d k n o w s I've tried. Every m o n t h I say
also get infinite s t r e n g t h ! ! I 'these pokes are for M u l t i f a c e One o w n e r s or people w h o have
don't k n o w , these y o u n g s - equivalent interfaces'. Every m o n t h w i t h o u t fail. But STILL
ters have it easy n o w a d a y s . there are some people! A a a r r a r a h r a r a r r a j d a ! ! ! !

ICHAT
When I w a s in p r i m a r y
school I'd have to w a l k ten MARIO BROS Poke 44079,0: Lives
miles to school and back and ARMY MOVES Poke 53324,255: Lives
work every day and . . . MAG MAX Poke 58472,12: Lives
N o w a bit of J o n a t h a n ENDURO RACER Poke 43542,0 and 43643,0: Infi-
Woss for y o u :
nite time
tank, and it's pretty nasty.
It's no g o o d t r y i n g t o shoot
Into the Eagles INTO THE EAGLE'S NEST Poke 36640,0: Infinite
bullets Poke 40512,0: Pick up keys Poke 41136,0:
the bullets that are fired
f r o m the t o p part because it
Nest Infinite lives
I have been t o l d t o say t h a t a f u n n y s q u i b b l e w i l l appear w h e n
w o n ' t work. H o w e v e r , y o u J ^ is weally w a t h e r wacky. A n d
you start t o play E n d u r o Racer. This is OK. Your Time should
can keep y o u r head d o w n n o w y o u can cheat. W h e n
actually count u p i n s t e a d of d o w n and the squibble w i l l
and wait. You can also shoot you achieve a h i g h score
occassionally s q u i b b l e o u t t h e n u m b e r s .
any lower bullets that c o m e B i enter one of the f o l l o w i n g :
People w h o s q u i b b l e d t h i s m o n t h include Stephen Carr, Adrian
your w a y . S l o w l y move DAS MAP - y o u enter a m a p
Davis and Geoff M a k i n M o r e s q u i b b l i n g next t i m e .
forard until y o u are w i t h i n h mode
range of the tank and f l i n g a DAS CHT - gives y o u i n f i n i t e
" N o p e , " he said r e m o v i n g
grenade at it. Y o u ' l l only lives as such
his M a r k s a n d Spencer's
b l o w u p the t o p half. N o w • MAP OFF - gets rid of the
sunglasses. "But I've seen a
run past the last half and o n map m o d e
lot of S c r i m . On 7th a v e . " He
to the next screen DAS NME - w i p e s o u t t h e
h a n d e d o v e r a piece of pap-
B enemy
er. A n d w i t h t h a t , he revve d
E S i I I i 2 E 3 l T h e ,ast screen-
u p a n d w a s g o n e . This is
A I T y o u h a v e t o d o is to j u m p
w h a t it said:
o n to the pedastoo l and
y o u ' l l the n be o n to the KEV AND SHA'S
bonus screen. Keep y o u r
Fire key d o w n w h e n the GUIDE TO SCRIM
screen clears and this w i l l
automatically select the HUNTING
a m o u n t of b o n u s . • The m o s t i m p o r t a n t t h i n g
Then y o u ' r e o n to the next in the w h o l e g a m e is really
section, and it's a q o o d ' u n . to k n o w w h e r e the s c r i m are
More o n that next I k i U at any t i m e . If y o u d o this
and keep all t h e t u n n e l s
Storm Bringer o p e n for n a v i g a t i o n , y o u
A n d n o w here's s o m e in- s h o u l d have no p r o b l e m get-
^ I liked ol' W h i t e Knight. He teresting facts a b o u t t i n g a r o u n d each ETU.
was - w e l l - sort of c h u m m y .


A very b o u n c y f i g u r e in Mas-
tertronics' c a s e b o o j ^ n m y
Micronaut One • A f t e r a c o u p l e of goes, y o u
should gradually become
a There I was zooming d o w n a w a r e of the layout of the
very first c o l u m n Q Q 53) I tunnel complex and should
5th a v e n u e in m y Escort
_ gave y o u the c o m p l e t e solu- be able to whizz a r o u n d to
w h e n a l o n g c a m e this Capri.
™ tion to Knight T y m e and each ETU q u i t e easily -
• It w a s Kev. I said, " H i , K e v " jelly fly y o u c a n either run
very g o o d it was t o o. N o w h o w e v e r if y o u have real
b u t he w a s m o r e interested a w a y or try t o destroy t h e m .
g we've got S t o r m b r i n g e r in p r o b l e m s , make f u l l use of
_ in t h e f u r r y dice he had N o w , the jelly fly are pretty
which the g o o d g u y d o e s a the n a v i g a t i o n s y s t e m o n
™ h a n g i n g f r o m his m i r r o r . It t u f f a n d y o u w i l l need lotsa
bit m o r e b o u n c i n g . board.
w a s hot and he had the energy. Here y o u c a n cheat a
• Al and Ric (they are g o i n g H window down. The in- • The s c r i m e g g s are i m p o s - w e e bit. Run to the nearest
to learn h o w to spell their Micronaut entertainment sible to destroy . So d o n ' t ETU a n d g r a b its e n e r g y .
_ surnames next week) have w a s p l a y i n g Wham\ bother. T h e n r u n back to the fly a n d
® sent in 'a dead g o o d prog- " S e e n Sha?" I said. blast it. It s h o u l d n ' t w o r r y
• If y o u c o m e across any
ram' w h i c h a l l o w s y o u to d o the ETU m u c h - it w i l l issue
g things w i t h o u t the objects a w a r n i n g to y o u but w i l l
you need! A n d w h y not? give y o u e n o u g h t i m e to kill

ZAPCHAT BIG EIGHT:


1 REM I've g o n e t o P e r u if i t
the fly a n d r u n back to it.
• doesn't w o r k
P u m p all y o u r r e m a i n i n g
10 CLEAR 25170
20 BORDER 0 e n e r g y back i n t o the ETU.

ZYNAPS
• 30 LOAD " " S C R E E N S : L O A D " " • K i l l i n g t h i n g s isn't that
CODE easy. The trick is not to get
40 POKE 46183, 99 t o o close - if y o u do, y o u w i l l
• 50 POKE 46301, 99 to be quite a few decent f ^ j t Z
m
a l m o s t certainl y hit it an
60 R A N D O M I Z E USR 3 7 6 3 2
You'll find y o u can d o all l o o s e a lot of energy. Try to
j u d g e it so that the s c r i m is
istraa — just in f r o n t of the M i c r o n a u t
There will be a n d t h e n blast u n t i l y o u des-
here's t r o y it.
stand alone ^ ^ # W e b s are a real pain.
o n e b u t it w i l l c o s t £Z!>u 86,765 W h e n y o u a p p r o a c h one.
this m o n t h ' s entries 79,560 have a quick look a r o u n d to
1 Mark Rodgers 76,870 see if t h e r e are any flies
Geoff East 67.340
f l o a t i n g about. If there aren't
David Frayton 55,405
t h e n retreat to a safe distan-
Paul Danby ce, t u r n a r o u n d a n d charge
at full speed i n t o the w e b . It
Paul Rundle 54,420 it's a s m a l l o n e the n y o u
Mark Veal 49.895 may just bash straight
7 S i m o n Dunn 36,21* t h r o u g h it.
8 AndV Dean M So . ge . t h o s e scores

It-:- SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987


SAVE
As a follow-up to last M o r e help w i t h
month's

Sentinel Nemesis
• codes I printed ^ Mark Baker has sent in some

MONEY!!
I've had a diagrams to help people
letter from Mike Colclough w h o are in trouble o n Levels
and Jason Ankers in Matlock • 5 to 9.
who reckon they're the first
s r ^ l
people to finish the Spec-
trum version of the game. I'd
say they were certainly in
with a chance.
They've also sent in over
300 landscape access codes
and - although we d o n ' t
have room to print t h e m all -
below you'll f i n d a pretty
juicy selection. Mike and
Jason were well dis- 0194 78417482
appointed w h e n they finally 0197 69426589
0210 78847741
got past the final landscape
0221 15846269
though - 9999. Instead of a 0303 93217473
really mega finale the g a m e 0328 89428752
simply clocked back to the 0363 54995188
first landscape - 0000 - and 0378 61579772
gave the access code for the 0400 83754805 Send Coupon to:Convoy Raider
landscape relevant to the 0502 79386674 Smash Offer, G r e m l i n Graphics
0624 91590924 M a i l Order Dept, A l p h a House,
0641 97193428 Carver Street, Sheffield, along
0647 96598150 w i t h a cheque/postal order for
0673
0687
0706
69886157
77137686
18755735
A £6.49 made payable to Gremlin
Graphics. Offers closes Septem-
/Hl/6£ SHIP ber 30.
0732 35547788 t h a t firms
0739 49259870 \ MISSILES
1255 66775269
1333
1373
1401
38689994
62103664 V
75908157
1579 89884261
1695
1918
81528696
44478934
fil-HCPS
l=l=
2042 64753837
2313 10666745 O
4516 86398525
5012 56969520
5648 69586647
5706 84807155
5990 17035248
6165
6392
6611
71758920
72521467
97528134 STIFFLIP & CO
jC
7090 68435588
7125 63955188
7218 78221896 Send coupon to: Stifflip & Co
7253 21887706 Smash Offer, Palace Software,
7290 23747218 275 Pentonville Road, London
7623 89954892 N1 9NL, along w i t h a cheque/
7644 62374787 postal order for £7.99 made
number of energy units they 7683
7716
53547318
19379654
payable to Palace Software.
Offer closes September 30.
O
had left.
7900 45465484
They still reckon it's a bril- 7928 79449976
liant game - w o r t h a fort- 7953 59538296
night of early m o r n i n g s any- 7987 88868568 i i
way - but I'm inclined to 8010 91648217
agree w i t h t h e m that Fire- 8046 76457597
8080 98386456 I7I
bird could have f o u n d r o o m
8809 48127447
to at least print up the w o r d 9000 03824407
"Congratulations" or some- 9174 59594666
thing. 9200 66253747
9283 47815966
Here's the codes, a n y h o w :
9381 47694381
LAND CODE 9576 86270870
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1 REM L I V I N G DAYLIGHTS poke

2 REM b y A.SINGH1987

3 REM

4 BORDER 0s PAPER 0s INK 7

5 CLEAR 65533

6 LET t=0j LET w-0

10 FOR • " 6 3 9 7 3 TO 64020

I S READ a t POKE 4,«

20 LET « LET WM+1

2 5 NEXT «

30 IF t O I 19339 THEN PRINT "ERROR IN DATA"t STOP

• 3 3 PRINT AT 10,1;"START LIVING DAYLIGHTS' TAPE"

-q 40 DATA 221,33,213,233,17,124

® 43 DATA 1,62,233,35,205,86,3

50 DATA 48.241,49,0,0,33,0

^D 35 DATA 250,34,112,254,195

O 60 DATA 0,254,33,252,151,34

65 DATA 37,150,33,205,197

70 DATA 34,1,152,33,158,201

® 75 DATA 34,3,152,195,0,145

POKES
•M
.2. 1 0 0 R A N D O M I Z E USR 63973

EXOLON
A very very special Poke this ̶ one of the most
sophisticated B J J s ever produced. N o t just infinite lives
but a whole Cheat M o d e a d d e d to the game! Load the
Poke in the usual way, ie Type in listing, Run it a n d then MUTANTS 1
3
NEM MUTANTS POKE
RE? A-S»NGH 1987
load Exolon game tape. O n c e it's l o a d ed press C to Enter a n d Run the Poke.
4 CLEAR 4500O
activate cheat mode then: Start the M u t a n t s tape 5 LET t - 0 , L E T
when instructed. W h e n it ' 2 * ' m 4 7 * ™ TO 4797,
1 REM EXOLON c h e a t made pake Loads you'll have infinite 15 READ a j POKE * , a
KEY ACTION
2 REM A . S . n g h 87
'V Infinite a m m o lives. 30 S E T T - - let ̶ 1
3 REM '2' Infinite grenades -R 5 ^
5 BORDER 0 : PAPER 0s INK 7 '3' Infinite lives TS T^4 0 "START -MUTAN
T AT

6 CLEAR 23999 '4' Incincibility 45 LOAD ""CODE

3m
'5' Do nothing 50 RANDOMIZE USR- 47R79
CHALLENGE
10 LET w « 0 I LET t=0

15 FOR i = 2 3 3 1 1 TO 23417 You can choose any


20 READ as POKE * , a combination of the above
cheat options at the same OF THE 130
140
DATA
DATA
2'7 17,0,123

GOBOTS
2 5 LET t =t-*w»a: LET w=w-»l
i50 data rc^??;;:128'221'33
3 0 NEXT i time. The instructions w o r k !60 DATA S ' S ' S ' S i 1 * 3 - ! *
170 BAIA 1B;'? i i V o 3 8 ' 1 7 ' 0
35 IF T<>604704 THEN PRINT "ERROR I N DATA"T STOP 1 REM GOBOTS poke 1B0 DATA S V U U h S ^ i l 6 ' ^
40 PRINT AT 1 0 , 6 1 "START 'EXOLON' TAPE" 2 REM A . S I N G H 87
4 5 LOAD CODE jn Qtoggle fashion ie If 3 REM
3 0 POKE 6 4 5 3 1 , 1 2 5 infinite lives is currently set 4 FOR 4 - 4 0 1 9 2 TO 40448
240 DATA 7^ -j^o i -i ' ""29, 24
35 RANDOMIZE USR 6 4 3 1 2 to On and then you press 3 3 POKE i ,158: NEXT f
60 FOKE 6 3 1 1 2 , 1 3 again in cheat mode it will 11
10 LET w=0: LET t=0
6 3 RANDOMIZE USR 6 5 0 8 2 be switched off. 1 5 FOR # - 4 0 5 9 9 TO 40653
100 DATA 3 3 , 1 6 3 , 1 2 3 , 3 4 , 1 2 2 , 1 2 3 Important note: Cheat 20 READ a : POKE *,a
103 DATA 6 2 , 2 0 1 , 5 0 . 3 4 , 1 2 5 , 2 3 5 mode will only w o r k if you 25 LET t-t+w«a: LET w=w>1
110 DATA 33,38,91,1,90,0,237 choose keyboard control 3 0 NEXT f
115 DATA 176,195,96,109,229,245
mode ie not joystick. This is
35 IF t<>205256 THEN PRINT "ERROR IN DATA": STOP
120 DATA 62,254,219,254,203,95
because of the fantastically
36 PRINT AT 10,7;"START " G O B O T S" TAPE"
complicated w a y in which
125 DATA 40,2,24,67,62,247,219
the game is w r i t t e n . . . 4 0 DATA 62,157,237,71,237,94
1 3 0 DATA 254,230,31,254,31,40 50 DATA 201,229,213,197,245
135 DATA 246,203,71,40,14.203 60 DATA 175,50,18,91,58,171
1 4 0 DATA 79,40,15,203,87,40,16 70 DATA 91,254,195,32,18,33
1 4 5 DATA 203,95,40,17,24,39,33 80 DATA 197,158,17,171,91,1
1 5 0 DATA 110,131,24,26,33,80 90 DATA 10,0,237,176,62,63
1 5 5 DATA 146,24,21,33,29,157,24 100 DATA 237,71,237,86,243,241
1 6 0 DATA 16,58,179,136,254,201 110 DATA 193,209,225,255,201 Enter and Run and Poke.
1 6 5 DATA 62,192,40,2,62,201,50 120 DATA 33,0,50,34,129,200
Start the G o b o t s tape
1/0 DATA 179,156,24,B,126,167 130 DATA 195,209,182
when instructed. W h e n it
1 7 5 DATA 6 2 , 6 1 , 4 ( 8 , 1 , 1 7 5 , 1 1 9 , 2 4 1
Loads you'll have
200 RANDOMIZE USR 40599
IE0 DATA 225,193,233,122
unlimited lives
210 LOAD ""

ALL POKES BY ADRIAN SINGH


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ley, Leeds. A . H u l m e s , T l m p e r l e y .
A copy of Star Raiders II B l a k e , R a y l e i g h . Essex, Paul Ful-
f o r d . W o o d l e y . Reading, Berks. Cheshire. J o n a t h a n R i d e n a l g h ,
h a m , Chris B e b b i n g t o n , H e l s b y .
W a r r i n g t o n . Cheshire. R.J. M e r
Stephen Tomllnson. Fleetwood, M a r k f l e l d . Lelcs, A n t h o n y J o h n - ricks. W e s t H y t h e . H y t h e . K e n t ,
t o the first prize w i n n e r . Lanes, Brian Brooks. St son, W l l l e s d e n G r e e n , L o n d o n M a r i a W a r d . Stone. Nr D a rtfo rd .
Marychurch, Torquay. Devon. N W 2 , R o b i n Slvyer, East G r i n - M a r k M c G o v e n . B a r r h e a d . Glas-
Chrlj Beckett. Maidstone, Ke n t. James Finch, S a w b r l d g e w o r t h . s t e a d . W e s t Sussex. A l a n D e x t e r . g o w . Brett Hurman. Dronfleld,
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port a copy of Star Dronfleld, John O'Regan. S o f l e m y r , N o r w a y . James Saun- A l a n Cope. Kldsgrove, Stoke-on-
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* H a m e b e l y Mill. Tyne a n d Wear. S t o c k p o r t , Cheshire, Simon Lew- be a right WYate Edentnorpe.

* Adrian Cavendish. Groby, n o x , Castedawson, Co L o n d o n -


W h i c h i s w h y we've
* Leicester. Anthony Woode. d e r r y , N I r e l a n d . P R. Clocas,

* *
B r i g h t o n . E. Sussex. B a r r y C l a r k . Formby. Merseyslde. J o h n Wil- h a d to p o a t p o n ^ t h ®
Potters Bar. H e r t s , Nicholas liams. M i d d l e w l c h . C h e s h i r e , CC forthcoming L 1 J

* *
Henstock. Thorpe Hesley, S t o n e , M a l v e r n W o r k s . T. W o r - Wmctiaster.Ba^ ^
R o t h e r h a m . S. Y o r k s , M i c h a e l r a i l , P r e s t o n . Lanes, M a r k L a i n , Allcomers Ping-
Pong T o u r n a m e n t
* *
S m i t h . W a l e y , N r S h e f f i e l d , J.J. Glastonbury. Somerset. Paul
Marston, Ferndown. Wimborne. B i r t h w i s t l e . N o n t o n . Manches- and give a w a y the
* *
Dorset. Vail Harriston. ter. Simon Toung. Darlington,
Heywood. Lanes, J o n Rose, Co Durham, N e i l G u n n , Edin-
s p l e n d i d table
N e t l m b e r . B o g n o r Regis. W e s t b u r g h . R o b e r t Scott, E x e t e r , De- tennis
* * Sussex. M a r c e l l o B o r t d i n o . S t o k e
N e w i n g to n , London. Stephen
von, Gauln Hill, Flnnlngly. Don-
caster. M a r k J o h n s o n . I r c h e s t e r ,
A d v a n c e so kindly

* * D y e r . M a t c h b r o u g h W e s t . Red-
d l t c h , Wo rcs. G e r a l d Francis.
Northamptonshire. Colm put our w a y to:
Kuldip Samara, of ssw-srasr
* * Ashton-u-Lyne, Manchester,
M i c h a e l D i a p e r . Salisbury. W i l t s . Andrew. Broadbottom. Nr
Greenwich. London
* * Paul Tracy. H l g h b r l d g e . Some-
S t r e s s e d
SssgSS*
H y d e . Cheshire, L l o y d W o o d .
rset. D e a n F a r l e y . B e x l e y . K e n t , P e t e r b r o o u g h , Cambs, J.D. D o g - S E
£ x a t about the
* * B. Ellas, L l a n l s h e n , C a r d i f f . Sean
M e l l o r . W o o d h o u s e . S h e f f i e l d . R.
g e t t . P o t t e r s Bar, H e r t s , F. Steel.
E l m P a r k , Essex, James H a s t l e .
^ n e r s - u p

* * D u n d e e . M a r t i n Clayton, Bram- the rest of these get


sporty types can zt i n ess . z s s g s r
* * Pinner. M>ddlesex»

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AlUADi;

REVIEW
p o d t h a t spills o u t b o m b s but it
• The round bullets t h a t hurtle needs careful t i m i n g -
a r o u n d t h e screen are not • Wait for it t o explode and the
necessarily fatal - t h e second you r gunsight is over
e xtre mi ti e s of your ship (that's t h e m i d d l e release a b o m b and
w i n g tips t o you) m a y safely hurtle off t o t h e right
pass over t h e m • The Mon a Lisa - b l o w up her
• tt is possible - vital actually - nose to take her head off.
t o blast t h e large g r o u n d based

m mq^mi

F
f o r g e t Slap Fight, forget programming and the wryness the underlying landscape is
i T e r r a Cresta, forget every of some of the h u m o u r . Things distorted t h r o u g h the glass is €22.
^ ^ • t o p to bottom screen begin well w i t h the loading amazing), and finally y o u see
scrolling blast 'em u p you ever screen, more of a movie the Mona Lisa. Yep old M o n a
saw. actually. Some sort of a w e s o m e herself can be b o m b e d into
Moon Strike - despite its programming technique has oblivion.
unspeakably boring name - is been used to enable the g a m e N o w all this wacky stuff could
the best. Not only is it to be loaded whilst the screen backfire were it not for the fact
smoother, more challenging, tells you - w i t h w o r d s and that the graphics are superb,
more highly detailed and moving pictures - the plot of not only is the m o v e m e n t
generally slicker, it's funnier. the game. The effect is not s m o o t h but the objects are
unlike the graphic bits in large and detailed. M o r e even
The game w o u l d be dull were Hitchhikers Guide t o th e Galaxy than that, s o m e b o d y in the PROGRAMMERS
it not for the excellence of the and it's jolly g o o d fun. development t e a m can d r a w D A N N Y NEVILLE and J O N O T H A N
and d r a w well. It makes all the
J T S B OX The plot? Forget it - just
difference.
NEVILLE m a k e u p a n e w p r o g r a m -
assume mad professors and m i n g team called Bianry I n n o v a -
\1oon Strike is very un- saving the w o r l d an' stuff and There are other g o o d things tions. B o t h arc b a s e d i n N e w
Zealand a n d neither h a s ever h a d
original - that's a minus. that you have carte blanche to about M o o n Strike. I f o u n d it i a p r o g r a m released c o m m e r c i a l l y
But in every other way total everything. That's all that before. M o o n Strike is their first
matters.
it's great. Looks fantastic effort!
Unlike Slap Fight, M o o n
plays as good as it looks Strike isn't too serious about great relief to have a game
M O O SI M I K E itself. Some of the shapes y o u w h i c h , a l t h o u g h being
fca&l: M i r r o r s o f t need to destroy are of the fiendishly difficult doesn't
|A)$iQr: Binary conventional alien sort, shove y o u back to the
bubbles, saucers and the rest. beginning again if you fail.
Innovations
On the other hand there are M o o n Strike has only one
Prtce: £7.99 some decidedly bizarre failing - it isn't an original
pernor) 48KH28K obstacles in your path, the overall concept. Actually it's a
various product of an imagination stunningly unoriginal one.
possibly even more deranged
1891 that Matthew Smith's. Watch
out for the dentures, note also
In every other respect,
t h o u g h , it's a winner - brilliant
graphics, s m o o t h scrolling
• O the light bulbs w h i c h float animation and challenging
• O down-screen at you (the w a y gameplayB

Avoid this game under all circumstances


SOFTWARE

STAR
R l l has always r a t e d s o f t w a r e o u t
Poor and/or massively overpriced
ot rive. Five was great a n d O n e w a s
* *
awful. It served us w e l l e n o u g h but * Dull and uninteresting. If not actually a w f u l

just recently w e ' v e b e e n g e t t i n g T T


** Fairly average. Nothing to get excited about
games t h a t fall b e t w e e n t h e cracks
In our star r a t i n g . W e f i g u r e d t h e r e
RATINGS * * *
* * OK but nothing special

1
• * * Not bad, some good points. See before y o u
ought t o be a b i t m o r e f l e x i b i l i t y so wuiiM-orr * * *

IIii1
guess w h a t ? * * * *
* * * Pretty good. We w e r e quite impressed.
Worth a look
From n o w o n our star r a t i n g s w i l l 7* ** 7* 7* "
Good stuff. Well w o r t h the money
be out of ten. This means t h a t a
* * * * *
classic n o w a u t o m a t i c a l l y gets t e n Very good Indeed. A must buy
* * * *
stars and one star is Just as much of a * * * * *
* * * * * Brilliant. Must buy at all costs
dodo as before if n o t m o r e so. The best program of its type w e ' v e seen to
KKVIKW KKVIKW Classic
date
C
harles Bronson ̶ What we have here,
moustachioed m a n, essentially, is a left-right
advanced tactical street- horizontal flip-screen affair We
cleaner, and man w i t h the begin with Charlie, the
largest bazooka in the Western moustache, and a bullet proof
hemisphere - has finally been vest, armed to the teeth - w i t h a
given his very o w n game. pump-action shotgun, or some
Death Wish III, based o n the other such frippery -
film (or excused o n the basis surrounded by villains of a very
that there is a f i l m called Death ugly nature. A n d all Charlie has
Wish III and w h y not make a to d o is take out the villains.
game out of it), it involves the To do this, Charlie has a
man, the bazooka and five choice of four weapons, each
down-town riots to be quelled.
And the way to quell those ammunition, but all w i t h the
riots is to get in there and pulp capability of reducing your
those bad guys. Because Death average punk, passer-by or
Wish III is. well, it's rather pedestrian to dead meat. All
violent really. weapons have limited
ammunition, so it's handy
indeed that there are the o d d
rifle, bazooka and shot-gun
lying around the deserted
buildings for Charlie to go and
pick up. ̶

eteeceeeeeew

PROGRAMMERS
SEAN HOI IINGWQRTH and
PCTCR HARRAP have w o r k e d ex
clusively l o r Gremli n Graphic*
over a n u m b r r of years. T o w t h t f
Ihpy have written Avenger, Bound-
er, f u t u r e Knight, lack tne Nipper.
Monty o n the Run, I r a i l b l a / e r ,
Way o f the Tiger, Krackout, Auf
W i e d r n r h r n Monty and Thing
Bounces Back. Separately, Sean
wrote Percy Ihe Potty Pigeon and
Grumpy Gumphrey - Super Sleuth
Peter has p r o d u i e d Wanted -
Monty Mole and Sam Sloal - Safe
Breaker
First of all though, he has to
HINTS A N D TIPS
locate that weapon. Thankfully,
that's not too hard a task, since
facts^ # Kill anyone w i t h a club,
anyone w i t h a DA, anyone w h o
the bottom half of the screen is Outrageously looks mean, nasty, hairy or just
taken up with a compass, a , with occasiona plain anti-social
map, and a panel indicating the \of humour. No • Don't kill anyone w i t h a
type of weapon you are
currently holding and h o w
gameplay variet handbag, anyone w h o stops
many shots you have left. The \mterest, Jhouz! and waves their skirt in your
direction (is this sexist, or
compass shows the four DEATH W I S H II what?), anyone w h o looks
cardinal points - North, South, label: Gremlin remotely like a policeman,
East and West - and the
appropriate point w i l l flash
Author: in-house
Price: £ 7 . 9 5
anyone w h o is a policeman, or
anyone w h o drags dead bodies
REVIEW
according to w h i c h w a y y o u are
facing. The map shows y o u r joystick: various off the screen head in the direction of t h e next
position in the area in general Memory: 4 8 K / 1 2 8 I # Fire through w i n d o w s gun. you can take out the
by a small floating blob and enhance whenever you can. you get rioters on the w a y
more points and you get a nifty • Find those gang leaders

ftttt
extra weapons are indicated by
pulling back, or pushing up the Reviewer gun sight to play w i t h for a bit Once you've b u m p e d off the
• Shoot tables, television sets gang leaders, the riot w i l l stop
and w o o d e n chairs: doesn't # Watch the computer print-
score you any points, but it's fun out on the left-hand side of the
• K e e p your eyes on t h e map screen It'll tell you w h e r e t h e
for new weapons. If you always riots are breaking out

Iin A T II W I S H joystick to change his direction, Enter it by pressing Return.


a
m e m b e r s of the c o m m u n i t y
and carrying o n around the Once inside you can search Medics run across the screen,
block (as our American cousins around until you reach your defying bullets to drag the
would no doubt put it). new g u n and then carry on w i t h wounded off to recover in
Eventually y o u ' ll find a door the important business of hospital.
to the building you're passing. knocking off the thugs. Then there are policemen
Incidentally for extra points The cops are there to help, but
thugs can be knocked off f r o m the o d d one tends to get into
inside the buildings by firing the line of fire, and w h e n such a
t h r o u g h the w i n d o w s . Also to t h i n g happens, and a cop gets
be knocked off, or just b l o w n wasted, then you're in trouble
up, are tables, chairs and the Police being the vengeful
o d d TV set. none of w h i c h give creatures that they are. you may
you any sort of points score well f i n d that there's an extra
whatsoever, but provide a few gang chasing you. and this
time, they're in uniform.
There's no denying that
Death Wish III is a nicely put
together game, it looks good,
and the 128 version features
some really Death Wish music
(courtesy of Ben Daigleish) but
the gameplay is actually rather
standard stuff.
And it is mind-boggiingly
violent - and you maybe think
that's a p r o b l e m Or not. Whilst
reducing people to lumps of
meat seems great fun to begin
w i t h but after a while, it's just
m o r e of the same. Which
psychologists will no doubt
reckon is a bad thinq.
seconds of light entertainment. Whilst the map was an
Not that Death Wish III needs impressive idea, I f o u n d it hard
m o m e n t s of light to work out w h i c h w a y to turn,
entertainment. It has plenty of and lingering over a decision of
excitement in its o w n right. The that kind tended to leave me
baddies come along thick and badly battered, since the thugs
fast, and the multipl e weapons don't wait for y o u to m o v e
each produce differing effects. before they get in there and kick
A n ordinary pistol just knocks the hell out of you. It's also
the guys over and leaves t h e m difficult at times to tell your
in a heap o n the floor. Your character f r o m the m o b that
actual bazooka reduces them to surrounds you, so escape is
s o m e t h i n g unrecognisable. quite difficult.
Very gratifying. I've no doubts that Death
There are also diversions: Wish III w i l l sell like the
hookers, w h o try to t e m p t proverbial hot cakes because it
Charlie into things Jeffrey promises lots of violence, but
Archer never did, old grannies I'm not sure that that is going to
w h o get m u g g e d and then fight prove as absorbing as Gremlin
back viciously using handbags seem to think. And the game,
and feet in a shocking display of ultimately, is neither state-of-
violence against the younger the-art nor hugely o r i g i n a l !
SMASH
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hew. Imagine a world without mirrors.
Wouldn't it be terrible? You'd have no
way of ensuring that you'd got that last

2
blob of shaving foam from behind your ears, or
your mousse had made you look quite as
attractive as the ad had promised. And more
importantly. Virgin wouldn't have come up
with Rebel, its totally wonderful new strategy/
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ADVENTURE

lUWIlW
S
ttfflip & Co f r o m Palace is
set just after the First
World War, at a time
when the Empire was still
strong, when men were m e n
and sheep were frightened,
when cricket was the only sport
worth mentioning, and Nanny's
word was law.
All should be peace and
harmony, but there are those
who wish to change the order of
things, even to the point of
altering the balance of a cricket
ball. Yes, Count Cameleon,
Master of Disguise, has Braindeath and Colonel R G characters to the end of t h e first. pictures, one s h o w i n g where
perfected his Rubbertronic Ray, Bargie . . . Each character is The 48K version has no sound, you are, one s h o w i n g w h e r e
and is out to destroy the natural equipped w i t h different objects but the 128K has some you've just been. As y o u move,
order of things and u n d e r m i n e and has different abilities. wonderfully bizarre effects like the pictures peel off, like pages
the establishment. A n d it's up Palmyra's not too hot w h e n it monkeys chattering in the
to you to stop h i m . comes to fighting, so if she gets background.
The game features four involved in a bit of a tussle, the It's more of an adventure than PACTSBOX
characters, anyone of w h o m best thing to d o is s w o p over anything else, and is played
may be played by y o u at any and let Stifflip take over. using the icons to represent the
point. Viscount Sebastian Stifflip, the game, is a multi- usual adventure g a m e
Stiffiip is the hero, surrounded load affair, but you only get o n commands. The screen is
by his trusty companions. to the second load if y o u divided roughly into thirds. In
I'Set_ab,t ted,ous though
Palmyra Primbottom, Professor succeed in getting all four the middle are t w o small
J STIFFLIP & CO
the final three digits.
Label: Palace
The screen layout is very, urn,
orderly, bearing very few frills. Author Binary Vision
You flick through the icons Price. £ 9 . 9 9
using the space-bar and select , Joystickvarious
them w i t h the Enter key Some
Memory: 48K/128K
of the frills w h i c h have been
included tend to become a little
irritating after the first f e w
games. The way in w h i c h the
screen draws itself up, for
example, is fairly interesting the
first time you see it, t h o u g h if
you have returned to the m e n u
as a result of a silly mis-dial, it's
a trifle annoying.
Nevertheless it's an excellent
budget game w i t h surprising

SATCOM
depth It should keep even the
most competent hacker amuse d
for a day or t h r e e B

FACTS BOX

S
Budget attempt at myste-
atcom is a really rather involved in weather satellites.
neat adventure
rious complexity. Fairly
The FBI has been continueally
simulating hacking into drawing a blank in their difficult, and involving a
various government and investigations of the c o m p a n y bit of thinking here and
defence establishment and now it's up to you. there. Worth two quid
computer systems. The process of cracking the
Someone has taken control of codes is very interesting. SATCOM
a laser-armed satellite and is Having connected w i t h your Label: Atlantis
using it to wipe out other target computer, y o u can hang Author: in-house
satellites and to stop t h e m up the phone and stick the
Price: £ 1 . 9 9
you've got to 'hack' into the squeeks and whistles t h r o u g h
computer controlling the your analyser which, for Memory: 48K/128K
satellite and start its self- reasons that are not exactly Joystick: various
destruct mechanism. crystal clear, is then able to hint
All you are armed w i t h in the at the computer's access codes. R«vi«wer:
beginning is a computerised These hints take the f o r m of the

7
communications set-up and a first three digits of the code
single phone number of Global followed by some considerably
Atmospherics UK, a c o m p a n y more vague information about

74 SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987


of a book turning over, the top
picture disappears, the b o t t o m
picture moves into the top slot
and a new picture appears at
the bottom. The right hand side ORIENTAL HERO
of the screen shows the ARCADC Label: Firebird A u t h o r : Tron Price: £1.99 M e m o r y : 48K 123K
command icons, using daft Joystick: various Reviewer: Tony D i l l o n
terms eg Chinwag means talk to Follow-up to the very appalling Ninja Master. This
or trade with. Fisticuffs means
one's so fast there's more tuck than skill involved

A
fight, Beetle off means move
h t o o l Ret us r e t u r n t o ancient t i m e s , glasshopper, t o a far off
somewhere else. On the left
legion i n Outer M o n g o l i a w h e r e a stlanger has appeared and Is
side are three characters not after the t i t l e of S u p l e m e Oliental C o m b a t Master. Tly saying t h a t
currently playing. w i t h a m o u t h full of N o 47 soy sauce. Y o u are t h a t m a s k e d stranger, and
This is no ordinary adventure. you m u s t f i g h t y o u r w a y t h r o u g h f o u r r o u n d s of intense c o m b a t training .
A t the end of each r o u n d y o u ' l l f i g h t o n e of t h e m a s t e r s b u t u n f o r t u n a t e -
It's an extremely clever,
ly you only have an a r m o u r y of t h r e e kicks t o h e l p y o u w i n t h r o u g h a n d
t h o r o u g h l y outrageous and basically y o u ' v e g o t no chance.
very sophisticated mickey take This f o l l o w up t o Ninja Master - p r o b a b l y t h e m o s t successful t r a sh
of the terribly-British way of life title of all t i m e - is all so fast, t h o u g h , t h a t w i n n i n g sta rt s b e i n g a matter
at the beginning of the century. of luckH
A n d that could well be where
it w i l l fall apart. If you've seen • A A
old films f r o m that era, and
know the banter you're going to LEARN CHESS
find Stifflip very funny. If, on the WORKOUT l a b e l : Coxsoft, 31 Fullwell Avenue, Barkingside, W o r d , Essex
other hand, y o u aren't in the Price: £6.95 M e m o r y : 48K.128K Reviewer: Gary Rook
slightest bit interested in that Very worthy; but dull. Could help a supervised novice
sort of 'jolly jape' satire then
but of questionable value on its own

L
y o u might be
earn Chess is a d i f f i c u l t p r o g r a m t o r e v i e w , because i f s a c o m p u t e r -
basing t r e i n i n g course a i m e d at t e e c h i n g t h e r u d i m e n t s of chess t o
novices. Oh. b o o r i n n g g g Neil, I can hear y o u c h o r u s - and yes, t o an
extent you're right. Learn Chess is a bit b o r i n g. But i f y o u d o n ' t k n o w
h o w t o play chess and y o u w a n t t o learn, t h e n t h i s c o u l d be useful
On t h e besics of chess, i t ' s ve r y c o m p r e h e n s i v e , a n d gives • v e ry g o o d
run-through of b o a r d n o t a t i o n , t h e m o v e s t h e variou s pieces are a l l o w e d
t o meke, and p e ri p h e ral t h i n g s like t h e use o f chess clocks e n d chess
IJ
etiquette. The w h o l e p u r p o s e of t h e p r o g r a m is t o teach a novice e n o u g h
t o be eble t o u n d e r s t a n d w h a t is g o i n g o n w h e n he o r she join s a chess
club - and here i s t h e p r o g r a m ' s b a s k f l a w . It assumes t h a t t h e
purchaser is a novice w i t h t h e t single a m b i t i o n
It seems t o m e a decent basic chess b o o k c o u l d be b e t t e r !
• A

TIME FLIGHT
ARCADE Label: Power House A u t h o r : Stephen | Tatlock Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K/128K Joystick: various Reviewer: Tony D i l l o n
Quite a step down from the illustrious Stephen Tat-
impressed by the lock's earlier Agent X. Avoid this one

W
Igraphics (which are marvellous) elcome t o m y t i m e machine. In It I w i l l t r a n s p o r t y o u back t o t h e
and puzzled by the problems days w h e n t h e BBC m a c h i n e w a s i n i t s heyday a n d w h e n
themselves. A n d you'll soon p r o g r a m s w e r e n ' t very g o o d .
N o w after m a n y years a n d f o r reasons w h i c h e n t i r e l y escape me . o n e
probably get tired w i t h the
such game has been c o n v e r t e d t o t h e S q u i s h b o a r d i n the guise o f
rather childish in-jokes w h i c h Timeflight. W r i t t e n b y S t e p h e n Tatlock (he of A g e n t X fame). It places
cZand Z«,h Th<>'° run t h r o u g h the game. you in the p o s i t i o n of a p i l o t l o s t i n t i m e w h o . b y a series of t i m e w a r p s
[ r ^ P t n y before leJLV I can see h o w the game could has t o get back t o his (or her) o w n t i m e . T h e p l a ne is s h o w n b y an
1 f»»ry Vision w.Th D ,n
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form get you like that. However. I overhead v i e w and y o u have t o collect l e tte r s t o spell o u t the w o r d
59^00raphT R ^'rt
^ 'Ce Palace found it all great entertainment. WARP t o get o n t o each n e x t sheet.
< I<Century, 2 5 ' Pro- It's terrific visually, the puzzles Right, t h a t ' s it. I c a n ' t w r i t e a n y m o r e . I really c a n ' t l T o w r i t e m o r e I'd
were hard, but not so hard that have to play i t again and if I pla y i t a g a i n I'll g o m a d . . . m a a a a d l l l B
""PERT 80Wlrrn it's impossible to get anywhere, • -tr & & & O
^n i i b l e , Mghv, re . and Fisticuffs mode proved to • •fr-fr-a-a- Z
fi*p the sptar deS'« n and be a real laugh. It works like
r »•« f'-i h P tru,r
> VITU this. Every t i m e one of Count BOULDERDASH II
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B
of left or right punches, whit e oulderdash w a s a l w a y s o n e of m y all-time f a v o u r i t e g a m e s -
feather (running away) or purely for it's playability. s o I w a s w o r r i e d t h a t w i t h t o d a y ' s
hitting below the belt (which is m o d e r n p r o g r a m m i n g standards, it c o u l d Jiave lost s o m e appeal.
very effective) if unsporting. Well, let m e say t h a t p r o g r a m m e r Peter Liepa has d o n e an excellent jo b
You select the punch y o u want, at recreating prehistoric p r o g r a m m i n g t e c h n i q u e s .
w i n d up the rotating arm in the For those of y o u w h o have (a) just b e e n b o r n , (b) live i n S o m e r s e t or (c)
middle of the screen to build up have had their head d o w n an A m s t r a d for t h e last f i v e years, here is a
strength, and a i m your punch r u n - d o w n o f t h e basics o f t h e g a m e . R o ckfo rd . t h e hero, m u s t rush
around t w e n t y consecutive screens c o l l e c t i n g g e m s . W h e n he's col-
by positioning a crosshair in the
lected the required a m o u n t t h e exit t o t h e n e x t ca ve rn w i l l be opened.
centre of the m o v i n g target at Sounds easy e n o u g h d o e s n ' t ft? H a i n ' t - it's f i e n d i s h B
the b o t t o m left-hand side of the
screen. Press Fire and your • O
punch w i l l be t h r o w n . • O
Stifflip has got to be w o r t h a
look, even if you're not
normally a fan of adventures.
It's beautifully d r a w n and great
fun to play, but watch out for
appalling jokesB

29

SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987


C.O.D.E. T.A.L.K.
I actually w o n a competi-
t i o n o n t h e b a c k of a P i n k
Panther chocolate bar
once, a n d the prize w a s a
c h o i c e of f o u r r e c o r d s . T h e y
w e r e all pretty dire really,
but I eventually discounted
Kratwerk, Mudd and
Wizard in f a v o u r of Block-
buster b y Sweet. I a l w a y s
w o n d e r e d w h e t h e r o r not I
m a d e the right choice.
/ reckon you probably did. Talking
of sweets, what's your favourite
toothpaste?
In the beginning sort of stuff, how Mentadent P, anything
did you first start programming? w i t h h e a p s of f l u o r i d e . I'm
I did a d e g r e e in C o m p u t e r worried about my gums
Studies. It w o u l d have y o u s e e . If y o u r t e e t h g o
b e e n a bit d a f t to g o a n d y o u c a n g e t a n e w set, but if
w o r k in S a i n b u r y ' s a f t e r y o u r gums go, well there's
that. n o c h a n c e of a n e w lot out
Quite so. Is there anyone around of t h e N H S .
at the moment that you particularly Thoughts on Oliver North?
admire, anyone who inspires you? G u i l t y a s hell, but g o o d e n -
No o n e p e r s o n in p a r t i c u - tertainment.
lar, but I'm a g r e a t f a n of Any other forms of entertainment
anything t h a f s by Level 9 you enjoy? Any games you still
or Ultimate. play?
I see. On with the serious stuff. Y e s , I l o v e Elite, a l t h o u g h I
Food. only ever play the BBC ver-

IAN*McCARDLE
Like it. It's g o o d stuff. E s p e - s i o n . A n d I r a t h e r l i k e Thrust.
cially k e b a b s f o l l o w e d b y I ' d r a t h e r w a t c h t h e telly
m o u s s a k a . O r a n y t h i n g co- t h o u g h . Black Adder, or a

M
v e r e d in H P S a u c e . T h e r e ' s good soap opera like
nothing to b e a t t h e t a s t e of artech's blue-eyed programmer at Neighbours or Coronation
HP. All w a s h e d d o w n w i t h the moment is Ian McCardle, au- Street. A n d I can't stand
cider, p r e f e r a b l y s c r u m p y . Benny Hill.
Oh. Leading on from that (No ifs
thor of the extremely 3-dimensional I knew you had taste. And finally,
not, that's a complete He ̶ Ed), Catch 2 3 . We ran the programmer in just to prove that we have no taste
where do you buy your under- question to ground in a safe-house on whatsoever, how would you most
pants?
I don't.
the south coast. We talked about such like to die?
C a n ' t s a y a s I'd t h o u g h t
What, you mean you don't wear
diverse topics as sports sox, fluoride a b o u t it r e a l l y . B ut q u i c k l y
... ever ...? toothpaste and HP sauce • . . I s u p p o s e , in the pub.
No, I m e a n t h e y ' r e b o u g h t Y e a h , I'd r e a l l y p r e f e r to
for me. T h e y just t u r n u p in John Wilson? Finished? Feel better? Tell me ab- d i e in t h e p u b . . .
the d r a w e r a n d I p u t t h e m G u y I work with. A r e y o u out music, what sort of music are A n d s o w e left I a n M c C a r -
on. I a l w a y s t h i n k i f s b e s t listening to m e W i l s o n ? Y o u you into? d l e , q u i e t l y d r e a m i n g of
not to get too i n v o l v e d w i t h really get o n m y n e r v e s . B e l i e v e it o r not I u s e d to b e scrumpy, fluoride tooth-
that sort of t h i n g . a p u n k . O n e of the r e a l paste a n d Pink Panther
Any other sort of clothes info? chains a n d safety-pin mob. chocolate b a r s (remember
Sports s o x . I l i k e c o m f o r t - I h a d black and gold t h e m ? N o — neither do we),
a b l e s o c k s but I f i n d it diffi- streaked hair. G o d , I must and we wondered, why are
cult to get h o l d of t h e m . S o all computer p r o g r a m m e r s
when I get a g o o d pai r I s o s t r a n g e , w h y d o t h e y all
tend to w e a r t h e m to d e a t h . wear jeans and sneakers,
(Gulp). Anything you don't like? a n d w h y do they never buy
Hats. A n d J o h n W i l s o n . their o w n u n d e r p a n t s ?

SOFTOGRAPHY: Eddie
Kldd's Stunt Challenge
(Martech, 1984), Brian
Jacks' Superstars (Mar-
tech, 1 9 8 4 ) , G e o f f C a p e s -
Strong Man (Martech,
1984), Planets {Martech,
1986), Catch 23 ( M a r t e c h ,
h a v e l o o k e d a sight. N o - 1987).
body believes me w h e n I
tell t h e m n o w .
I'm not sure that I'm convinced
either, but there you go. Are you
still a die-hard punk today?
N o I'm not. I ' v e m e l l o w e d
into a s o r t of Eurythmics-
t y p e p e r s o n . I'm a l s o q u i t e
into Dire Straits, 'Money
For Nothing' is o n e of m y
favourite videos.
Talking of records, what record are
you most embarrassed to own?

?6 SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987


4?

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Itt no fan being cooped up.
Maybe there a something down J
there that fancies being mugged ;

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Aa erer poor Mam and Dad
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he Book of t h e Dead is a face you in this adventure; fail,
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fascinating little p r o g r a m for the rest of your life. A n d
with a lot to offer any mortals don't have very long
adventure lover, and CRL is lives.
doing the problem solver a The g a m e is a text and
great service by bringing it to a graphic adventure. The text is
wider audience. I say bringin g it well designed, w i t h some nice
to a wider audience because touches, like the key-shaped
this is not the first time I've seen cursor. The graphics are fairly
this program. It first landed on standard, although some
my desk a few months ago. w i t h locations, like the temple, are
a hand-drawn cassette insert. better than averagely depicted.
Ho hum, I thought, just another As y o u journey about, y o u are
Quilled adventure. Not so, I trying to score points and
quickly discovered! Essential achieve Ma'at. Quite what Ma'at
Myth, the original crew that is, I haven't been able to w o r k
perpetrated this title, has out, but I think it's like mana -
managed to produce a magical/mystical strength. Get Y < j a r « <?t\ t h e < 1
challenging adventure w i t h a enough of it, and you'll be able < h a r \ r \ « l r j r . s w t s *
much more interesting plot to re-enter paradise, or the 1 a k c a r . do v e r tt.c
than most. Ancient Egyptian equivalent. E x i t s ; r \ o r t l \ , s o j t ^ ,
If it's so ruddy good, w h y Some of the things y o u have to a h « a v j t ^ j l d c r .
didn't you review it last time do to get Ma'at are pretty
around instead of making us
wait for CRL to snap it up, I hear
the assembled multitude cry?
Simple - it had some rather o d d
little bugs in it - in a certain
location, if you did somethin g
that you weren't meant to do,
the characters were replaced by
black squares. Not too playable.
However, you can bet your
watusi that was one of the first
things I tried, and, lo and
behold . . . Now all is cured, and
I finally found out what God
really had to say . . .
Anyway, enough wittering.
You (yes you, pay attention) are
Kteth, a minor Egyptian deity
with the head of a falcon, which,
in Ancient Egypt, was a g o o d
PROGRAMMERS sign. Your daddy. Set, has ht r of a r a t ht r
LEI H O D G S O N , M A R K DAVIES murdered Osiris, head honcho t a ; ^ s t i < t«rhp T h « w a l l s a r e
and ANDREW DEAN - o t h e r w i s e in God-land, in the hopes of
k n o w n as Essential M y t h - w r o t e
taking over the place; such is
ir\ « r \ 9 r a v i r \ 9 S d e p i < t ir<
Book o l t h e D e a d as a t e a m
not to be, though, and the sins i P c j r \ d « r t h e r a d i a n t
e f f o r t . w i t h all t h r e e m u c k i n g i n
o n design , c o d i n g a n d g r a p h i c s . of the father have been visited r e $ t p o r t a l s l e a d s o j t h
The p r o g r a m is t h e first tney h a v e upon the child - you've been r\d e a s t .
w r i t t e n that has b e e n p u b l i s h e d
commercially
kicked out of heaven. Your only
chance to regain your G o d h o o d
is to solve the problems that

L
ong ago, w h e n the w o r l d
FACTS BOX of adventure games w as
young, there was a trilogy
[ f ^ e r y ^ ^ S of adventures called the Ket Castle Eerie and Shipwreck - causing strange lights and
Trilogy. both on one tape - have been noises, escape w i t h whatever
i lures af ajarg* '6udget And lo. Incentive Software written by that same T o m Frost
r e n ' J at their b e s t - did promise great rewards to and. judging f r o m what I've
the first being to solve all three: been able to see of t h e m so far
CGefon/y- W many tried, but none didst that wily Scot hasn't lost the
succeed, and there was a touch that made h i m arguably
1s H I P V V R E C K f t wailing and a gnashing of teeth. one of the country's greatest
Until, f r o m the frozen lands to adventurers.
1 Nome W e * the north there came a hero. Both programs were w r i t t e n
Tom Frost by name, w h o didst with the Quill. Patch and
°° 10 J 1 Tom ^ o S t vanquish the trials of Ket: and Illustrator, which T o m
he didst bear away the sacred acknowledges, and the package
video recorder unto his is priced accordingly.
homeland . . . Castle Eerie casts y o u as a
R«vl«w«r
And if you think that little sort of James Bond. Your task:
excursion into the mists of to penetrate the defences of the Y o u a r e i n a v e ~
history isn't relevant, yah boo aptly named Castle Eerie, r o o m . P e e l i n g P »
sucks to you because it is. The somewhere in the w i l d s of
t h e u a I I s , g i v i L
two adventures reviewed here - Scotland, find out w h o is
o r d e c a y .
Castle Eerie • E x i t s a r e N O R T H
Y o u c a n a l s o s
a n i r o n B A R
v m i M i m

Ancient Eqyptian - just think in refreshing absence of any need


terms of primitive farmers and to kill things, w h i ch you find so
y o u ' l l know what to do w i t h the
sheep, for a start. Other
often in adventure games,
especially one's w h i c h arm you UIVIIM
problems, though, have less w i t h a knife in the first location.
Actually, the knife is for a very
relevance to Egypt. There is logical task early on in the
what looks suspiciously like a FACTS BOX game. Admittedly, there are the
TV in one of the screen shots o n by n o w fairly standard touches
the packaging, and another
Text and g " P h i c which you tend to find in too
shows a very m o d e r n looking lure with zip and ongi- many programs; the cliff, the
street. I haven't been able to
n a , i < y . A n y J T e y e r e rope, the hermit etc. But in the
visit these locations myself yet a e
y o u start o f f in an main the game has an
- 1 suspect they're in part t w o of originality that makes it a cut
the adventure, and, as usual h a s j o b e g o o d i _ _ _ _ _ above the usual fodder y o u get.
with two-part adventures, y o u I think CRL has got a winner
can't get into the second part ^ O O K OF THE DEAD here, although I'm a teeny
without the code w o r d w h i c h weeny bit doubtful about the
y o u get f r o m solving the first ^ E s s e n t i a l Myth price - I think it could be a quid
part and I'm too d i m to solve M e m o r y 48K ( t w o t o a d s ) or t w o lower. Still, on reflection.
the first part and I'll never make
t o p . fit Price: £ 8 . 9 5 I have to admit that I think it's
it as a godling, even a minor
t p r o rh t
one... joystick: none well worth it, even at €8.95B

I like what I've seen of this


t . Y < J S «
game so far. The problem s fit Reviewer.
c < k s t h «
together well, and there's a

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/SHIPWRECKevidence you can find, and gett the police sort out the villains.
In Shipwreck, y o u have a
rather different plot. You've
saved all your m o n e y and sent
yourself for a nice long restful
either. And for some reason, the
steward refuses to let y o u into
the lounge or the d i n i ng room.
Perhaps you'r e not a first class
back to civilisation and call in You begin outside the castle South Pacific cruise. It's a passenger? Or - horrors -
door. It's locked, so you have to beautiful sunny day and the maybe y o u need a tie. Watch
find an alternative w a y in. small fire in the engine r o o m is out for the s w i m m i n g p o o l -
Once inside, be careful. There absolutely nothing to w o r r y otherwise y o u hit y o u r head
are various nasty little traps a b o u t . . . or is it? and end up in the sick bay; not
w h i c h w i l l bring armed guards Well, yes, it is actually. A n d if the right place to be if the ship is
d o w n upon y o u like the y o u don't work out what to do about to go d o w n . Then again,
proverbial Assyrians, and that pretty soon, you're going to find perhaps it is - what could that
w i l l be the end of your yourself doing the d o g paddle nurse d o for you?
investigative career. Don't open in a shark infested ocean. Both p r o g r a m s are excellent
the door unless you'v e done You can't get into the life examples of g o o d old fashioned
s o m e t h i n g about the alarm; boat. You can't get hold of a life adventure writing. No frills, just
and don't fiddle around w i t h the belt. You can't go o n to the solid p r o b l e m s tied together
grandfather clock. bridge w i t h o u t a signed permit, w i t h a decent plot. The graphics
Apart f r o m that, y o u have and w h e r e can y o u get one of are m o r e than adequate,
other problems facing y o u, those? The ship's shop sells although I got a bit tired of the
® H d i r t y c l o a l -
some m o r e difficult than others, maps, but you don't have any deck scenes in Shipwreck - one
p i i n t h a n g s f r o m money, w h i c h means that you
but all challenging and promenade deck looks very
a l i g a n a t n o s p h e n interesting.- can't have a stiff one at the bar m u c h like a n o t h e r B

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thought of was t h e W i l d W i l l y w i n a radio-
controlled jeep extravaganza. THE PUZZLE route w h i c h w i l l enable y o u t o get the
beam from laser t o Exit and. guess w h a t ,
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Rebel game w e have for y o u th e W i l d King tough enough. This Is hundreds of pounds w o r t h of gear
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of problems y o u f i n d in Rebel. The Idea Is t o
destroying e v e r y t h i n g in Its p a t h a n d d o i n g find a route from the laser beam t o t h e exit Does that help? H o p e not.
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Over from Imagine. I hated
the packaging so much that
I really wanted to enthuse
CRICKET AVERAGES rapturously over the game. But I
W O R K O U T Label: S o u t h Coast ( t H i g h W a l k . Fareham, H a n t s P 0 1 5 6BS)
couldn't. I even found it hard to
Price £4.95 (cassette), £7.95 ( O p u s disc) M e m o r y : 48K/128K Joystick: n o t laugh at Game Over, and boy, is
applicable Reviewer: M i k e W r i g h t that serious.
Workmanlike cricket stats program. Recommended We begin with a left-to-right
for cricket pundits everywhere flipping affair, a space-age

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o me. S u m m e r i s t h e s o u n d o f w i l l o w u p o n leather, t h e voice of
prison chock-a-block w i t h
Brian J o h n s o n a n d t h e d r u m m i n g o f t h e r a i n . robotic guards, apparently
flying on legs of lamb. Or
It's also t h e c l i c k i n g o f p e n s a n d c a l c u l a t o r s as c r i c k e t d e v o t e e s perhaps they're cylindrical
calculate t h e a v e r a g e s f o r t h e i r f a v o u r i t e p l a y e r s . Cricket A v e r a g e s f r o m vacuum cleaners. Anyway, the
S o u t h C o a s t S o f t w a r e , t h o u g h , n o w d o e s all t h a t f o r y o u . graphics being somewhat on
Averages c a n be g e n e r a t e d f o r t h e t e a m , t h e i n d i v i d u a l o r a s u m m a r y
the small side, it's not at all easy
for all t e a m m e m b e r s . T h e t e a m a v e r a g e s s h o w t h e n u m b e r o f r u n s
scored a n d t h e a v e r a g e r u n s per w i c k e t f o r t h e t e a m a n d a n a g g r e g a t e
to tell, but they're v. peculiar all
for t h e o p p o n e n t s . A n i n d i v i d u a l ' s a v e r a g e s s h o w t h e n a m e a n d b a t t i n g the same.
b o w l i n g a n d f i e l d i n g a v e r a g e s . T h a t ' s j u s t t h e b a s i c s - t h e r e a re a h o s t o
more complex options.
Off you go, the hardy, fully
A l t h o u g h t h e d a t a i n p u t m e n u e e a re a b i t c o n f u s i n g t h e p r o g r a m d o e : equipped, but not overly bright
w h a t is i n t e n d e d q u i t e w e l l Arkos, across twenty screens of
Indeed, i t ' s a p p a r e n t l y b e i n g u s e d b y t h e o f f i c i a l H a m p s h i r e C o u n t y CC flippin' good fun (eh, eh) across
scorer f o r t h e i r f i r s t t e a m s t a t i s t i c s I B the hostile planet Hypsis, in
order to gain the access code to
the even more unpleasant

MOUNTIE MICK'S DEATH RIDE


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o w ! This is w h a t I've a l w a y s d r e a m e d o f d o i n g . Racing a l o n g
the t o p of t h e train, f i r i n g s m a l l b l o b s at large b o u n c i n g b l o b s
Yeah! W o a h ' H o l d yer h o r s e s . T h i s i s a n I r o n H o r s e , t r a i l i n g
across t h e C a n a d i a n R o c k i e s , a n ' g u e s s w h a t . I t ' s b e i n g r o b b e d b y n o n e
other than the McCluskey g a n g and y o u have t o g o after t h e m It w o n ' t
be easy. A l l k i n d s of t h i n g s m a y h a p p e n . Y o u ' l l g o t h r o u g h t u n n e l s . Y o u ' l l
travel b e t w e e n the trains o n a pushcart. Y o u r legs w i l l c o n t i n u a l l y
change c o l o u r . Y o u w i l l p r o b a b l y d i e . if n o t f r o m t h e b u l l e t s t h e n f r o m
the boredom. The third screen is far more
Well, w e ' v e h a d t h e N e m e s i s c o n v e r s i o n a n d t h e N e m e s i s c l o n e s . FACTS B O X _ difficult. A case of leaping
We've had the Gauntlet conversion and the Gauntlet clones. N o w c o m e s across a void on to t w o
t h e t u r n of E x p r e s s Raider . N o t g o o d B
platforms, which bob up and
• •a-a-a- A d o w n , whilst being attacked by
• •A-A--SV a t h r o n g of robots. It's even
trickier than it sounds, and
SUPER ROBIN HOOD unbearingly frustrating because
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48K.12SK Joystick: v a r i o u s R e v i e w e r : T o n y D i l l o n tasteless packaging). d r o p p i n g dead. Then it's Game
It's so boorrring! / had to strap myself to my rubber Over for you sonny.
g a m e OVER
keyboard just to keep playing If you do manage to leap

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Label: Imagine
aahhggl It's g a m e s like t h i s t h a t r e m i n d m e o f w h a t m y o l d across the void and take out a
g r a n n y u s e d t o say. " F r e d . " s h e ' d s a y ( s h e c o u l d n e v e r r e m e m b e r few more aliens, you come to a
m y name). "Fred, there's n o t h i n g like a g o o d arcade g a m e . " charming woodland scene. In
She w a s right. S u p e r R o b i n H o o d is n o t h i n g l i k e a g o o d a r c a d e g a m e . screen shots these look pretty
It has all t h e e l e m e n t s b u t d o e s n ' t q u i t e s e e m t o f i t t o g e t h e r .
good. Nice mountains
Y o u are cast as R o b i n H o o d , r e s c u i n g M a r i o n . N o s u r p r i s e s t h e r e . A n d -tftbt^
l combined tastefully w i t h big

iittt.
for s o m e s t r a n g e , p o s s i b l y w a r p e d , r e a s o n h e h a s t o c o l l e c t s q u i s h y b i t s Reviewer: a O * ^ ^ ^ ^
of h u m a n i n n a r d s .
slob monsters. (You'll see what
T e c h n i c a l l y i t ' s all w e l l u p t o C o d e m a s t e r s s t a n d a r d ( w h a t e v e r t h a t
means). Terrifi c g r a p h i c s , g o o d s o u n d FX. s m o o t h a n i m a t i o n a n d w e l l -
p l a n n e d screen l a y o u t . W h a t a s h a m e t h e g a m e ' s s o u s e l e s s H
• •A-A-A- A
• •A-A-A- 4 planet of Sckunn in order to
fight the evil queen. She of the
STAR WRECK infamous advert.
ADVENTURE Label: A l t e r n a t i v e S o f t w a r e Price: £1.99 M e m o r y 48K128K The first two screens are dead
Joystick: n o l a p p l i c a b l e R e v i e w e r : D e n i / A h m e t easy. Just run along and shoot
Reasonable adventure, let down by one-gag humour at the meaty guards. Should
you see a barrel, shoot it. It
and poor graphics. Some tricky problems though

H
could contain something nice,
aving p r o d u c e d s o m e d e ce n t cheapo a d v e n t u r e s in t h e past I w a s
like extra weaponry, a new
e x p e c t i n g s o m e t h i n g g o o d f r o m A l t e r n a t i v e S o f t w a r e ' s Star
Wre ck. W h a t a m i s t a k e !
lease of life in the shape of a
For a s t a r t i t ' s a b o u t as f u n n y as a m o t o r w a y p i l e - u p . Y o u p l a y c a p t a i n heart, or it could be a b o m b , i n
J a m e s T Cake, of t h e s t a r s h i p P a r a l y s e d , y o u r m i s s i o n t o t a k e a c a r g o o f which case, jump like crazy,
one TreM a n d a rigeMien S l i m e Beee t t o t h e p l a n e t D a n d r o x . \ you're going to die. It should be
The g e m a itself i s l e t d o w n m e i n l y b y i t s g r a p h i c s , w h i c h are v e r y said now that you can't die
s i m p l e . P i c t u r e s m a d e u p f r o m l i n e s w h i c h d o n ' t l o o k Hke a n y t h i n g i n merely through being shot. This
perticuler can hardly be called state-of-the-art. is one of those games w h i c h
Also Alternative S o f t w a r e d o e s n ' t eeem t o k n o w t h a t the S p e c t r u m provides you w i t h an energy
can p r o d u c e s o u n d es t h e r e is n o n e , a p a r t f r o m t h e click o f t h e k a y s f l
allowance at the beginning of
• •A-A-A- Q the game, which is drained
•A-A-A-A- O whenever you're shot, and
which goes away completely if
you touch a b o m b or fall off the
edge of a cliff.

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ARCADE Label: B u g Byte M e m o r y : 48K 128K Price: £1.99 l o y s t i c k : various
Reviewer: A n d y M o s t
Snap the professor's inventions in the underground
cave system. Dull

N
ot m u c h f u n b e i n g a YOP t r a i n e e these days. Al l y o u get is a
p o s t i n g t o a n e w s p a p e r as a n o v i c e p h o t o g r a p h e r a n d g i v e n a n
a s s i g n m e n t t o film e v e r y o n e o f t h e m a d p r o f e s s o r ' s i n v e n t i o n s

U I V I I M hidden in various objects a r o u n d his u n d e r g r o u n d cave s y s t e m


This is y o u r t y p i c a l a r c a d e m u l t i - l e v e l a d v e n t u r e t h a t h a s s o m e n o v e l
differences, w h i c h I s u p p o s e b r i n g s i t a f e w pegs higher o n t h e
I mean.) But wait unitil they e n t e r t a i n m e n t scale. N o t o n l y d o y o u n e e d t o find t h e i n v e n t i o n s a n d
move. U g h ! Because alas Game s n a p t h e m w i t h t h e c a m e r a , b u t y o u o n l y h a v e 16 p i c t u r e s o n t h e r e e l
Over is truly the h o m e of Mr and touching the m a n y m u t a n t s loses f i l m , so y o u need t o get back t o
Attribute Clash. Monsters t h e s t a r t a n d g e t a n o t h e r - b u t h o w ? G o i n g d o w n is e a s y , b u t g o i n g up?
merge w i t h Arkos, w h o , in an O n e o t h e r t h i n g , t h e c a v e s a re r e a d i o a c t i v e a n d g u e s s w h a t , o n l y a
extremely slovenly w a y merges l i m i t e d a m o u n t o f t i m e f o l k s ! T h e i c o n c o n t r o l is f u n . a n d t h e l a y o u t i s
into anything that c o m e s w i t h i n p r e t t y b u t t h e g a m e p l a y is n o w a y s t a r t l i n g B
his flight path. Not a pretty r-fr A
sight. So this is perhaps the
only t i m e that w e can be
grateful for the fact that the ZENJI
figures are so small. STRATEGY Label: F i r e b i r d A u t h o r : M a t t H u b a r d Price: £1.99 M e m o r y 48k
Game play is a redeeming 128K loystick va ri o us R e v i e w e r : D e n i z A h m e t
Good strategy re-issue. One of the early Activision
titles now out on budget

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t a g o f £7.99 f r o m A c t i v i s i o n . N o w I t ' s b e i n g r e - r e l e a s e d u n d e r
F i r e b i r d at £ 1 99 Y o u ' l l n e e d t o u s e t h e o l d b r a i n cells f o r t h i s o n e -
it's a m a z e g a m e w i t h a d i f f e r e n c e : y o u m a k e i t u p as y o u g o .
Y o u r p l a y i n g p i e ce is a r e v o l v i n g f a c e w h i c h s m o o t h l y g l i d e s a l o n g t h e
v a r i o u s p a t h w a y s a n d y o u r o b j e c t i v e is t o d i r e c t Z e n j i t h r o u g h t h e
circuits o f D e l t a - B a n d c o n n e c t u p t h e d i f f e r e n t p a t h w a y s t o t h e c e n t r a l
p o w e r s o u r c e . N o t s i m p l e For a s t a r t a c l o c k s l o w l y t i c k s a w a y t h e t i m e
remaining before th e reactor b l o w s. Small flames rush a r o u n d the
p a t h w a y s in an a t t e m p t t o f r y y o u t o ashes. A n d o n later levels these
nasty little t h i n g s t r y t o v a p o r i s e y o u w i t h missiles.
T h e g r a p h i c s s r e n ' t r e a l l y t h a t h o t . b u t d o n ' t l e t t h i s p u t y o u off T h e
a n i m a t i o n is a c t u a l l y v e r y w e l l d o n e , c o l o u r is u s e d n i c e l y , a n d t h e r e i s
even a s t r a n g e t w i n k l y k i n d o f t u n e w h i c h p l a y s t h r o u g h o u t w h i c h a d d s
to the atmosphere considerably^

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Superior budget adventure with excellent graphics

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o r e is a p r o b l e m - s o l v i n g g a m e , w i t h all t h e h a l l m a r k s of a classic
text adventure, bu t w i t h m o v i n g graphics. You start w i t h nothing
b u t a b a t t e r y - o p e r a t e d l i f e s u p p o r t s y s t e m , a n d h a v e t o find a
v a r i e t y of o b j e c t s t o e n a b l e y o u t o d e l v e f u r t h e r i n t o t h e g a m e O b v i o u s
essential i t e m s t o find i n c l u d e a laser g u n . a r m o u r e d r e f l e c t o r s a n d . t h e
reason f o r y o u r d o i n g all t h i s , b i t s o f b r o k e n c o m p u t e r t o b e r e a s s e m
bled
The g a m e is i c o n - d r i v e n , s a v e a b l e ( t h a n k f u l l y ) , a n d g r a p h i c a l l y e x c e l
lent. A m u s t if y o u l i k e a d v e n t u r e s s

• • • • - A -

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feature, it's fast and frantic,
m u l t i p l e monsters s w o o p f r o m
all over the place firing w i l d l y STRATEGY l a b e l : F i r e b i r d Price. £1.99 l o y s t i r k s : v a r i o u s M e m o r y : 4SK
and zinging into Arkos, draining 128K Reviewer: Tamara H o w a r d
his energy, and sending h i m
Deceptively difficult thought and strategy game, with
back to the beginning.
some neat graphics

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However, death is a rather
attractive event. Arkos espite the fact t h a t this g a m e has absolutely t h e m o s t c o m p l e t e ly
disintegrates into little itsy-bitsy n a ff t i t l e t h a t y o u c o u l d e v e r h o p e t o h e a r . S p a c e d O u t I s q u i t e
t w i n k l i n g stars w h i c h waft away nifty
It's m o r e o f a s t r a t e g y g a m e t h a n a n y t h i n g else. Y o u h a v e t o m o v e
off the t o p of the screen. A n
your little green m a n across t h e 'holographic' board, f r o m the b o t t o m
appallingly w h i m s i c a l display left-hand corner to t h e t o p r i g h t - h a n d corner w h i l s t a v o i d i n g the nastys
totally out of place w i t h i n the All y o u d o is r o l l t h e d i c e , a n d m a k i n g t h e a p p r o p r i a t e n u m b e r of m o v e s
context of the game. Y o u 'spac e o u t a n a s t y ' b y l a n d i n g o n h i s s q u a r e , b u t h e c a n s p a c e y o u
The nicest thing that can be o u t by h e m m i n g y o u i n s o y o u c a n ' t m o v e a n y w h e r e . T h i s r e s u l t s i n t h e
said about Game Over is that unpleasant practice of ' G i v i n g In' a n d i n c u r r i n g p e n a l t y p o i n t s.
it's a run-of-the-mill screen Y o u c h o o s e t h e size o f t h e b o a r d a n d t h e n u m b e r o f n a s t y s t h a t y o u
think you can c o p e w i t h , a n d t h e n off y o u g o .
f l i p p i n g sort of game that gives
W o r t h taking a l o o k at for a l i t t l e bi t of g r e y m a t t e r e x e r c i s e *
y o u a lot to shoot at and not a
great deal else. It's simple to
play - usual joystick or
keyboard controls, but it's not
o
overly enthralling, and the
attribute p r o b l e m is awful.
Mostly a d i s a p p o i n t m e n t *

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full-price l a b e l s d o w n the
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Lots of g a m e s h a v e u s e d this sort
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m o r e often a s a gimmick t h a n

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b e c a u s e i f s g e n u i n e l y e a s i e r . With
V i s i o n , it r e a l l y is e a s i e r t h a n
f s not every d a y that a Spectrum a d d - o n turns up unfinished, r e m e m b e r i n g a n d t y p i n g a g a g g l e of
undocumented, a n d in G e r m a n but still gets written about. But this is c o m m a n d s a n d p r o g r a m n a m e s in
just o n e of those days . . . Basic.
So this isn't a review, but m o r e a p r e v i e w of w h a t promises to be at It might b e e a s i e r — b u t i f s
certainly m o r e fun. The w h o l e
least a useful bit o f Spectrum w h i z z e r y . A n d has the possibility of turning p r o c e s s is a i d e d i m m e a s u r a b l y b y
into a w h o l e lot m o r e t h an that ̶ m a y b e something pretty interesting f o r the h i g h q u a l i t y of t h e g r a p h i c s ,
the new 1 2 8 K + 3 . w h i c h (on m y c r e a k i n g o l d p o r t a b l e
TV) l o o k a s n i c e a s a n A t a r i ST in l o w -
The p r o d u c t is V i s i o n , f r o m V e r y p r e t t y . B u t is it a n y g o o d ? r e s o l u t i o n m o d e . T h e r e ' s b e e n a lot
I n d i v i d u a l S o f t w a r e . I n d i v i d u a l is a S a y y o u w a n t to l o a d a p r o g r a m , b u t of effort e x p e n d e d in t h e d e s i g n of
German software house, a n d Vision y o u can't r e m e m b e r w h e t h e r is w a s the s m a l l c h a r a c t e r s e t , a n d
is a d e s k t o p . T h i s p a r t i c u l a r d e s k t o p c a l l e d BLUES 13 o r BLOOS13. On a r e s t r a i n e d u s e of Colour a n d Bright
t a k e s the f o r m of a R O M c h i p t h a t s t a n d a r d disc interface, the u s u a l m a k e for a v e r y p r o f e s s i o n a l
plugs into a B e t a disc i n t e r f a c e . A t s e q u e n c e of e v e n t s is t o t y p e CAT to appearance.
the m o m e n t it o n l y w o r k s w i t h t h e find t h e file n a m e , a n d t h e n LOAD I c a n f o r e s e e problems with the
Beta i n t e r f a c e , b u t c o u l d f a i r l y "BLOOS13"1o g e t t h e t h i n g . With a R O M a s it is. L e a v i n g a s i d e t h e fact
simply b e c h a n g e d b y I n d i v i d u a l to desktop like Vision, y o u m o v e the t h a t it s e e m e d u n f i n i s h e d (I n e v e r d i d
be a b l e to w o r k w i t h t h e 1 2 8 K + 3 . p o i n t e r o n to t h e p i c t u r e of t h e d i s c f i n d o u t w h a t Move d i d f r o m t h e Disc
O n c e i f s fitted - o n t h e B e t a - d r i v e y o u w a n t , a n d p r e s s SPACE m e n u , a n d t h e Information l o g o just
i n s t e a d of t y p i n g in c o m m a n d s to u s e twice. A w i n d o w o p e n s u p , a n d a list f l a s h e d a t m e ) , t h e D e s k t o p c o d e is
the disc d r i v e , y o u m o v e a n a r r o w of the p r o g r a m s , d a t a a n d j u n k o n d e s i g n e d to u s e t h e s p a r e s p a c e in
a r o u n d t h e s c r e e n a n d o n to t h e the disc a p p e a r s . M o v e t h e p o i n t e r t h e e x i s t i n g B e t a R O M . S o if
thing y o u w a n t to d o o r u s e . o v e r t h e p r o g r a m y o u w a n t to l o a d , I n d i v i d u a l w a n t to s e l l a R O M , i f s got
L i k e most t h i n g s c o m p u t e r , t h e a n d p r e s s SPACE a g a i n . to h a v e a l l t h e B e t a c o d e in, w h i c h
w o r l d of d e s k t o p s h a s a l a n g u a g e a l l Y o u h a v e to click t w i c e to l o a d a raises interesting copyright
its o w n . P i c t u r e s a r e n ' t p i c t u r e s , program because there's a chance p r o b l e m s . At l e a s t in this c o u n t r y .
t h e y ' r e icons. A r r o w s a r e l i k e w i s e t h a t y o u just w a n t to r e n a m e it o r T h e n t h e r e ' s t h e fact t h a t t h e B e t a
p o i n t e r s , a r e a s of s c r e e n b e c o m e Copy it s o m e w h e r e r a t h e r t h a n Run i n t e r f a c e , w h i l e not u n c o m m o n isn't
windows a n d choosing becomes it i m m e d i a t e l y . This s o r t of t h i n g is t h e w o r l d ' s f a v o u r i t e S p e c t r u m disc
selecting. S e l e c t i o n h a p p e n s w h e n c o v e r e d b y clicking once on the s y s t e m . A n d t h e r e a r e lots of
y o u click o n s o m e t h i n g - c l i c k i n g p r o g r a m n a m e , w h e r e u p o n the v e r s i o n s of t h e s o f t w a r e , m o s t of
b e i n g t h e p r o c e s s of p r e s s i n g t h e n a m e r e v e r s e s into w h i t e - o n - b l a c k , w h i c h u s e h a r d w a r e w h i c h is s u b t l y
button a p p o i n t e d f o r t h e p u r p o s e . a n d t h e n m o v i n g t h e p o i n t e r to a different from other r e l e a s e s. This
V i s i o n h a s i c o n s of f o u r d i s c d r i v e s m e n u t o s e l e ct t h e a c t i o n y o u w a n t . r a i s e s t h e p r o b l e m of c o m p a t i b i l i t y —
(labelled A to D), a d u s t b i n , a n d I f s a l s o p o s s i b l e l i k e this to c h o o s e d o e s o n e R O M suit a l l B e t a
information logo a n d a printer. m o r e t h a n o n e p r o g r a m at once. This interfaces?
A l o n g the t o p of t h e s c r e e n a r e a s e t is a l s o w h e r e t h e d u s t b i n c o m e s in — N o w t h e g o o d n e w s — t h e 1 2 8 K f 3.
of m e n u titles. s e l e c t a f e w o b s o l e t e files a n d t h e n With a l l t h a t m e m o r y , a n d w i t h
The first is c a l l e d Vision, a n d t h i s just click o n t h e b i n . . . v a b o o m . T h e y ' v e d e t a i l s of t h e d i s c o p e r a t i n g s y s t e m
g i v e s the v e r s i o n n u m b e r a n d a gone. w i d e l y a v a i l a b l e , it s h o u l d b e
c o p y r i g h t notice. T h e n t h e r e ' s Drive, e n t i r e l y p o s s i b l e f o r a l l t h e g o o d bits
w h i c h selects 4 0 o r 8 0 t r a c k d r i v e s , ( g r a p h i c s , m e n u i n g , c o m m a n d s ) to
a n d a l s o h a s a Test o p t i o n f o r d a y s be t r a n s f e r r e d from the Beta s y s t e m
w h e n n o t h i n g s e e m s to b e g o i n g at speed.
right. T h e Disc m e n u h a s o p t i o n s to The 1 2 8 K + 3 n e e d s just s u c h a
Move, Format a n d Rename a disc. s y s t e m to b r i n g it into t h e l a t e 8 C s ,
F i n a l l y , t h e Output m e n u s e t s t h e w a y a n d Individual could p r o d u c e a disc
bits of i n f o r m a t i o n a p p e a r . P r o g r a m fast e n o u g h f o r t h e i r d e s k t o p to
size c a n b e s h o w n in d e c i m a l o r h e x , become the s t a n d a r d . A n d h a v i n g a
for e x a m p l e . s t a n d a r d for a s y s t e m b r i n g s g o o d
things for e v e r y o n e . T h e y ' v e d o n e
most of t h e w o r k — I h o p e t h e y f i n i s h
the j o b !
Details H a r t m u t S c h w i n t y , c / o 2 1 A

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my now obsolete computer. The only
answer is to go out and buy the 4 3.
An added bombshell is that even
i am trying to start up a new software
library offering public domain in
software.
128K • 2 owners are not going to be Software is required, but the writer
able to up-grade. Amstrad seems to must be prepared to give up
be oblivious to the fact that there are copyright, in return, they may
thousands of people already using receive payment for each copy sent
128's and 128K 2 s who will to another member, and further
begrudge being asked to fork out payment if that member finds the
another £250 for the convenience of software useful. Any sort of software
a disc drive which, at time of writing, will be accepted for evaluation, so
non-existent. long as it serves some useful
purpose.
I was originally excited at the Anyone giving software will
of the 128K * J , but I now receive free membership, otherwise
that Amstrad and its Plus 3 membership will be priced at £2.50.
massive vote of thumbs down Each piece of software will cost
Spectrum users, and other £1.00 (£2.00 on Microdrive).
potential buyers. Maybe then Please contact: The One and Only,
Amstrad will consider the users, 42 Hayes Road. Bromley. Kent. BR2
of their bank balance. 9AA.
M Kerr Neil Smith
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Bromley
Kent

C oncerning the "£50 more than the


computing press predicted" price
tag on the 128K - 3.
A WELL-KNOWN + 3 My theory is that Sugar is trying to
wean Spectrum devotees over to
Amstrad. The 128K-3 is effectively
the same price as the Amstrad 6128,

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J u s t to clarify a few points:
ou plonkers! You prats! You but the latter has the advantages of
idiots! You wimps! You. you. . . CPM, plus existing software and
• The 128K • 3 is great! It's a bit
well, that's enough of that thank you. hardware support. Should cream off a
expensive, but that doesn't mean
On page 46 of your mega mag. July few of the floating buyers without
that Anon of Lisbon' has the right to
issue, you gave the Firebird game antagonising the loyalists too much.
criticise. So leave off Amstrad, Anon!

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Mad Nurse 8 stars, but next to the Anti-Spectrumist behaviour I call am very contused! How much K'
• Jon Riglar is a bit of a div. but he's
star rating there's a big number 7. it, and in protest, I'm going to stick has a Spectrum » got? Will 128K
good at doing ZapChat. so leave him
You can't count. Personally I think to my battered old 48K! games work oh a Spectrum?
alone, he's all right.
the game is trash and only deserves Michael R Hughes Matthew Smith
• Your mag is the best in the world.
about 2 stars. Swansea Kings Lynn
It beats the competition by a long
By the way. i do like the new star way. The extra features just keep • Obviously people who suggest Norfolk
rating system. rolling in. and I love the Write Stuff that the Spectrum +3 's price would # It s got a whopping great 48K
Charlie Ivens and CodeTalk and stuff. Love the new drop dramatically shortly after Ram and 32K Rom 1P8K games -
Buckland rating system and the new designs. Christmas are completely wrong if they use the 128 s facilities won t
Surrey and should be ignored *o*k on the 48K machines sorryf
• But I don't like some people.
# We bke it too in tact. we tike it
Graham Taylor does crap reviews and
so much that we completely forgot
how to use it. Sorry'
Jim Oouglas and all his reviews are
pretty crap too. HOW NOT TO GET STEREO
W
Benjamin Wells
I am ANGRY!!! OK You change the P I e are just writing to let you know Carncklergus
Enderby
logo. Oo I complain. . . Mo. You we have at last achieved stereo C o Antrim
change the Classic symbol and the sound on our Specky 48. "How?", 0 Oooowah! No. no no It s not
PS 100-1 you don't print this you ask. Well, after loading your
Contents page. Did I complain. . . Not stereo sound at all you /ust get the
• We d have to disagree with your game, remove the ear plug from the
much. But you've gone too far this same noise playing in both ears at
final observation - but then we back of your computer and insert the
time. Bring back the 5-star rating. the same time For it to be stereo, it
would wouldn't we? Jim replies headphones. Great when you're
PLEEASE!! Pretty please? This is a would have to have at least two
Uh-hah l guess it 's too late to playing a good shoot-em-up.
petition, with one signature. channels
place a bet for a couple of Paul and Glenn Gibney
Matthew Rawlmson hundred?
Setsey
Sussex
PS Jon Rigtar rules OK. I am writing as a very disenchanted
Spectrum 128 owner in the
knowledge that we have the 128K 3
# Come on! What's the matter, /usl
due to appear shortly. Hello my n a m e a K i d Jen-
try and imagine the new rating Mn and aurprialngly
system as being twice as accurate as Great, or so I thought, I'll have enough I ' m not g e t t i n g
the old one Besides, you get more access to disc-based software when stereo s o u n d f r o m theme
they release the stand-alone disc drive. Spectrum®
stars for your money each issue now
Incidentally, I think you'll find most However, having read test reports, it
pennons usually have more than one seems unlikely in the extreme that I
signature can ever hope to run a disc drive with
IT'S GREAT BUT Q: WHY DOES
LETTERS.
RUN SUCH
I think the magazine is great, but
I'd like to suggest a few changes. EASY COMPETITIONS?
How about giving a second opinion on
games reviews? This would give a
more balanced view and help people
W hat in the world is the point ot
having competitions where to
win all you have to do is answer a
And the article about Oinamic was
dead good.
Jeff Fuge
decide whether or not to buy the question like, "Which season comes St George
game, which is the reason for the before summer?" Bristol
review in the first place. There Competitions such as the recent 'Not strictly true, as Gremlin would
seems to be a bias in friiftl reviews Shadow Skimmer one are much say.
against strategy games. Coniact better, because you have to do • Well I think that that question
Sam Cruise ("not a case for Somebody else w h o is something in order to win a prize. about the seasons was rather
arcaders") and Nosferatu ("lacks f r o m Dorset. Oh and by the way, my minions tricky, in fact Especially as this
have told me that 14 Holkham Road. issue (September) is actually being

T hankee very much fur yur very gud Orton, Peterborough where you're written in July for publication in
mag, it's very, very gud in fact supposed to send your entries is August. Think how we must feel at
(don't let yer heads grow too big). occupied by squatters* Christmas'
The pokee cards - nice idea, grayt
reviews, Inter-est-in artycles, evin
Gurdo Graytbelly - all in one gurt
humingis glossy magy.
I remain, yer biggist cuntry bunkin
fan in deepest Dorset
Mike Tre
Sherbourne
Dorset
• Wew - Cheers an all rat. Micket
m boy. We always try an seeya
, were marked down for lack wright.
of damage to joysticks. If a game

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sets out to be a strategy game it buy many of the sports
shouldn't be criticised for that. simulations which you review.
Meanwhile, Lightforce, Uridium. There is one game, however, in
Shadow Skimmer and Nemesis all which I am interested but so tar have
been unable to locate. The gams was
reviewed in March 1987 and is called
Howzat, published by Alternative
Software for £1.99. Could you tell me
how I can get in touch with this Actually I'm n o t a H i p p y actually a n d what's w r o n g w i t h Pink F l o y d ?
company?
Aiastair Lawson C a n I use the coupons in the mail order.
Sudbury magazine for purchasing Keep up the good work, Happy five
Suffolk progr?ms from English software years!
houses? Or are they intended for use isidro Zoroza
# Alternative can be found on 0977 only inside the UK? If the answer to Beunos Aires
79777 the first question is "yes" then how PS I d like to tell you thai Evita is
much would I have to add for postage actually not a national hero as you
and packing? Unfortunately, the said last month
Argentine software market is quite • Yes you can. but you should add
get Classics. Originality nil, thought limited, and you can only get pirate 0.75p to the cheque value printed in
nil. Maybe there is a logical copies of new games. As I'm against the coupon As for Evita. Elaine Page
explanation. piracy, I always buy my games by will be quite upset
Despite these criticisms. I'm fully
convinced of i-i'JCl superiority, and
despite the astronomic price for
overseas subscriptions. I have now
subscribed direct.
Stephen O'Neill
Nelson
New Zealand
0 Coo' Genuine constructive
Criticism 1 Everything you say is
pretty valid. Stephen, and has
been taken on board We already
now do g'Wj^* variety ol different A poet . . .
views on f-~ffj Classics The
W h a t ' s this I hear? The 128K • 3 is
danger with multiple opinion
near? Great great, by Clive, It's
reviews is it 's repetitive with
got a disc drive! Oh heck, dearie me.
people simply echoing each
Its inches are only three! "More
other
memory" I pray. Still 128K? A
monitor maybe? Still a colour TV I
have a plus two, What am I to do? I
can't get an up-grade Disc drive, I'm
afraid! What's more, Al's gone back
to To the old colour, black. But
what's in the future? Not another
Sinclair computer It's called the +3
Not good you agree. With a fairly high
price, That's not very nice.
Andrew Good
Co Clare
Ireland
0 Jim (aged 7 :*i) replies: What a
lyricist! Oh my' We nearly had to

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cry On hearing your plight (You
probably thought we might) We re
all a bit peeved too About Al's
Spectrum new And his haircut isn t
much cop either

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t's a popular t h e m e ̶ a lone
. m a n facing incredible d a n g e r , SNAP VIEWS
battling against i n s u r m o u n t a b l e
odds in situations that w o u l d Graham: OK so It's a sim-
have most n o r m a l m o r t a l s ple idea but It's fiendishly
fleeing for the lavatory. difficult
Recently it's been taken t o a Tamara: Continuous
kind of logical conclusion. W i t h
a spate of g a m e s like
trigger-work. Really
Gunrunner. Exolon and n o w keeps y o u o n y o u r toes
Sidewize. o u r hero has n o David: It's those flamin'
space-ship or m o o n b u g g y to walls that always get me
protect h i m . It's just the g u y a n d
his trusty laser, and m a y b e a
Gareth (Mad celt): M a ke
backpack s o m e w h e r e a l o n g the that p r a w n a v l n d a l o o •
line. it 's hot 11

In Sidewize at least, this to the Odin g a m e of last


return to g o o d o l d - f a s h i o n e d s u m m e r the play is w i l d l y
play values pays d i v i d e n d s , a n d different. W h e r e H e a r t l a n d w a s
the feeling of g e n u i n e a graphic a d v e n t u r e w i t h cute
vulnerability injects a degree of elements and puzzles (of sorts),
panic that's been s o m e w h a t Sidewize is a d o w n - t o - e a r t h
lacking in the current c r o p of space blast w i t h n o t h i n g to
single-seater-space-ship
think about except d o d g i n g
games.
the aliens or b l o w i n g t h e m
Sidewize comes Dusting out
away.
f r o m the highly talented m i n d s
of Steve Wetherill and Colin The g a m e is set o n f o u r
Crunes, the g u y s w h o w o r k e d worlds, each w i t h d i f f e r i n g
on Heartland (Classic Q ^ 3 ) . attributes and characteristics.
and w h i l e the Your m i s s i o n is to s i m p l y w i p e
graphics out e v e r y t h i ng that gets in y o u r stars w h i c h are happily f r o m right to left, o n separate
occasionally s h o w way. scrolling f r o m right to left. levels, g i v i n g an i m p r e s s i o n of
similarities In between each w o r l d y o u There's no sign of t h e g r o u n d at d e p t h i n t o the screen - rocks in
get to travel t h r o u g h a stretch of this point - y o u ' v e got battle the f o r e g r o u n d m o v e faster
space and at the end of each through lots of levels of nasties t h a n trees so it looks like the
level y o u meet a serious l o o k i n g before y o u get d o w n o n to the trees are f u r t h e r a w a y etc.

monster w h i c h takes a heck of a surface. The actual g a m e p l a y draws,


lot of blasting a w a y . Shortly a r o w of remarkabl y very neatly, o n e l e m e n t s f r o m a
O m n i c r o n (the forest w o r l d ) u n - m e n a c i n g circular t h i n g s host of c o i n - o p
starts off fairly easily w i t h y o u r flies o n to the screen f r o m the classics. There's ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
little guy in his spacesuit r i g h t - h a n d side a n d sits in the a little jetpac, a
drifting over a b a c k g r o u n d of m i d d l e of the screen. s m a t t e r i n g of
Employing your standard S c r a m b l e (in the
m a c h i n e pistol affair, y o u later levels in
destroy the entire line.
The s o u n d effects are
w o n d e r f u l - y o u can a l m o s t
hear the little suckers burst
w h e n y o u hit t h e m - it's a bit
t o u g h over the roar of y o u r g u n .
The bad g u y s are upset n o w .
rThe pace blasts
(he
and the y send o n a d i a g o n a l l y -

w
f l y i n g r o w of serpent's heads.
T h e y look w o r s e the n t h ey are,
and y o u can clear the screen in
a c o u p l e of short bursts.
Take o u t the r e m a i n i n g of
attack w a v e s - easy ( h o - h u m ) ,
\tabe»- V L QC
and y o u ' l l f i n d yourself d o w n
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o n the planet's surface.
WemorV; fioUS
At this p o i n t , it's p r o b a b l y
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sensible to talk a little about t h e
graphics. They'r e all single-
c o l o u r (green o n the Forest Review* r
W o r l d for e x a m p l e ) o n a black
b a c k g r o u n d . E v e r y t h i n g scrolls
HINTS AND TIPS:
• Usually it's best to hang back
on the left of the screen so you
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can see w h a t ' s coming.
• Choose your w e a p o n s care-
fully! Lasers are fairly accurate,
but need more t h a n one hit t o
destroy m o s t things. The tri-
directional fire is best w h e n the
screen gets cluttered.
• Pick up any bonus objects

lilIZE
you see. The ball-shield is vital, (almost essential for t h e wall-
as is the + w h i c h gives additio- doding section).
nal firepower and t h e a r r o w s • Each big monster needs to be
which give you faster move- killed in a different w a y . Try
ment around t h e screen shooting in t h e tail or the head

there's extra lives you can pick aliens look essentially the same
up, and an extra fast speed f r o m planet to planet, their
option. flight paths alter quite
After workin g t h r o u g h the considerably, and a type of
g r o u n d part, y o u come to the rather Ultimate-esque alien,
inevitable climax, w h i c h that y o u m i g h t expect to act in a
involves being attacked by a particular manner may catch
monster of some sort that is at you uncomfortabl y by surprise.
least three times bigger than Sidewize is the slickest no-
you. Depending o n w h i c h level messing shoot-out in a long,
you're on the most w i l l look long time w i t h a strong coin-op
vaguely appropriate. style feel. The graphics and
On the first level, your foe is movement are extremely
an extremely tall version of polished and what
Phoenix (the twirly-swirlyness yourself, and he fires extremely it lacks in
the caverns), a bit of Centipede
of the aliens). There are also madly. On later levels you complexity it more
(the m o v e m e n t patterns of
walls w h i c h crop up very fast encounter a w i n d g o d and than makes
some of the aliens are very
and unexpectedly here and finally, for s o m e reason that is up for in
m u c h like the big bug) and
there w h i c h w i l l kill y o u quite too hard to f a t h o m - a giant speed!
more than a couple of tads of
happily s h o u l d y o u collide w i t h p r a w n l Each opponent has to

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tho.r oarlv . '"'"<
"v! '"I
them.
Sidewize is certainly
be defeated in a different
manner, w h i c h means either
remarkably difficult, and y o u ' l l shooting it in the head or the
need a g o o d deal more than just b u m or the middle.

feaST'"
a h a n d g u n if you're going to After the forest w o r l d , you
reach the head-honcho bad guy m o v e to the desert, then the ice
at the end of a planet level. w o r l d , and so on. While the
Just as well, then, that there
is a w h i l e host of other
accessories that you can pick up
w h i c h w i l l make life a little m o r e
tolerable if not exactly easy.
First off there's the laser,
w h i c h is completely great and
lets you cut t h r o u g h almost
anything like a razor t h r o u gh
butter. There is als a tri-
directional fire affair w h i c h
causes y o u to fire at 45 degree
angles, as well as directly
across the screen - very handy
for taking out those double-line
flight formations.
On the defence side, you can
collect a very strange sort of
shield w h i c h is constructed
f r o m t w o spheroid things. They
cycle round your body and will
take out most things that
attempt to get at you. Then

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MYSTERY OF
ARKHAM MANOR
by Mike Lewis
was going to take the time to prepare a Croply, who had done some of the
complete page, they wouldn't want to graphics for my previous games created
just forget it afterwards!) the graphics for Arkham; and he used the
With the plot and most of the features editor to produce some stunning graphics
decided, I started programming, trying to in very little space.
split the game into distinct areas I could The central part of the Arkham code is
develop separately. This had the advan- the system which interprets the player's
tage of enabling me to build up a commands and causes things to happen
"skeleton" demo of the game, showing in response to them. This Is a develop-
the features without the plot; and stop- ment of the Adventure Kernel System
ped me getting too bored or bogged down (AKS) - something Simon Price and I
in one section! developed while at college, and used in
I started with the graphics, as this was Redhawk and Kwah. Arkham contains
the area I had least experience with. The an improved version, but I am still
plot called for a lot of locations - nearly tinkering with it for future games! AKS is
100 in all, and I soon realised I could not simply a command interpreter which sits
fit in all the graphics in one Load. between the input system - in this case
Fortunately, the plot resolved itself neat- menu input; and the output system - text
ly into two halves, and I was able to split and sprites. The AKS code interprets a
the game into two Loads. database of simple commands, making
The background graphics were con- editing the adventure simple (and sequels
structed with my own blocks editor, very easy!).
which "snatches" a sample screen, cuts When I put the AKS system running an
it up into blocks, and then compresses it. initial version of the database together
The editor then allows you to build up with the graphics routines I realised that

T
further screens using these blocks. Carl there simply was not enough space to fit
he Mystery of Arkham Manor grew a notebook for notes, and he must be in everything I wanted! I had to start
out of my interest in the fiction of able to exchange telegrams with his trimming, the notebook fell from four to
HP Lovecraft and the role playing paper to get Information. The photo- three pages; I had to abandon the idea of
Call of Cttwthu. I'd long thought a graphs' the player can take were initially letting you view the newspaper pages you
capturing the atmosphere of a just to be used for clues - they could be » r^J-^ had written on the main screen (they
Lovecraft novel would be interesting and examined for extra information. However, were to have reduced down in size and
I also wanted to create a different form of if the player was a journalist It seemed displayed in the notebook window) and
adventure game. I didn't see any reason logical he had to report back to his |0 Lew<i the text messages in the database had to
why adventure games should be either newspaper, so why not also let him write be cut, as did a couple of the puzzles.
tert with a few static illustrations, or stories? The photographs can then be
Arkham Manor went through a lot of
simple arcade adventures. I wanted to added to these stories to make up actual
changes over the months I wrote it. but I
experiment with sprites, something I had newspaper pages.
think it has come out a far better game
never used before, and create a hybrid Out of this idea came the whole than the original (rather loose) specifica-
form of game which offered the player a newspaper layout screen, which enables tion. Sadly, not all the ideas and features
wide choice of additional features apart you to write and lay out pages of the I wanted to include would fit. But that is
from the essential main idea of solving London Chronicle complete with headli- the problem with all games - no matter
pastes. nes and photographs. These can then be what the machine, your code expands to
My initial specification was to include printed out or Savod, (well, H someone fill it!
text input, some text output and ani-
mated graphics showing the characters
present, actions performed, and so on.
Mike Lewis
After a rethink. I realised that the voca-
bulary of the game was going to be
miniscule if I was going to fit all those
graphics in! The input system would have
to be simplified, so the player had a
limited number of choices on display. I
considered icons briefly, before settling
on the idea of pull-down menus as being
̶1
more convenient. I o-v̶^l J
The plot of the adventure was to follow
traditional Lovecraft lines, with an inves-
tigator arriving on the scene of strange
and mysterious events ̶ then being
drawn deeper and deeper into the plot
ending in a terrifying climax. One of the
most important elements was to be the
information which the player could accu-
mulate to solve the mystery - 1 thought of
different ways this might be achieved. I
soon hit upon the idea of making the
character a journalist, enabling him to
draw on sources at his newspaper and
giving him a reason for prying around in
the first place!
Once the initial idea of the plot and
game structure was fixed, the rest of the
game began to fall into place. If the main
character was a journalist, he could have

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A
rgus is not taking any it. Scramble works like this: scrolling you see constantly o n
chances w i t h The Tube. your spaceship m o v e s left to the C64 but here it's OK but
right t h r o u gh a system of nothing too special.
In the various sections caverns, whilst simultaneously What happens in the third
of the game you get to play just guiding your ship up and d o w n section depends o n your
about every arcade g a m e genre to steer your way t h r o u g h performance in the first two.
you can name. between the twisting walls of The third section is the
It begins w i t h a section that the cavern whilst d o d g i n g catchment area and it is y o u r
looks suspiciously like T w i s t e r assorted missiles w h i c h float u p chance to boost the energy
Mother of Charlotte (remember and/or d o w n f r o m the cavern level of your ship by looting
that'll). stage t w o looks like walls. other ships for energy
Scramble and the final m a i n In The Tube's o w n particular
section is like. well, like games Scramble variant your w a y is
where you view a spaceship s o m e t i m e s blocked by a vertical
from above and guide it over a laser that must be blasted away
planet surface. Each section is before y o u can travel on further.
played under a time limit and It isn't astoundingly difficult and
you have to play t h r o u g h each w o u l d be easy if you weren't
section each time. There is even still o n a t i m e limit. The
an sort of bonus screen w h i ch is graphics are nothing special,
quite amazingly like the sort of though good enough. There is j
quick-thinking logic games an attempt at the kind of relative
Hewson likes to incorporate in
its products. Is all this bad?
Probably not.
The first section is probably
the least interesting and as such
is badly placed f r o m a 'first
impressions' point of view. You
seem to be travelling into the
screen through a grid-like
structure towards the tube at
the centre of the screen.
Towards you rush assorted
aliens and fireballs wizzing f r o m
one corner of the screen to the
other and generally threatening
to smack straight into y o u r
cockpit window.
The problems w i t h this
section are. first, it is impossible
to die - only your energy and
score levels are affected and,
second, graphically it is none diamonds. How many ships you
too hot find in the cdtchment area is a
Section t w o is better. It's like function of y o u r joystick
that age old coin-op Scramble (keyboard) control, your score
For those w h o don't r e m e m b er level and your energy level

48 SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987 48


FACTS BOX
Something for f j n V
every kind of shoot-em-
the sum of its parts - the way
the performance in one level
relates directly to what happens
ARCADE
UP- Ho section is o n other levels links the g a m e
together nicely and I f o u n d
astounding but the myself playing it m o r e than the
whole is greater than the individual averageness of the
sum of its parts particular sections m i g h t
suggest.
THE T U B E Take note t h o u g h, I f o u n d it
Label: A r ^ u s fairly easy to get t h r o u g h all the
Auihor: M a r t i n G a n n o n sections once so if you're a
Price: £ 8 . 9 5
Memory: 4 8 K / 1 2 8 K
joystick wizz kid you may not
f i n d it enoug h of a c h a l l e n g e ! REVIEW
joysticks: various
Rcvl e w e r :

steering aspect is not too


difficult but, as ever, you can't
afford to waste time. On finding
a ship y o u line up w i t h it
exactly, nose to nose. Then a
docking rod extends f r o m the
front of your ship to the other.
This leads you to what I will
refer to (with no suggestion of
rip-offness intended) as 'the
Hewson bit'. In order to get the B I S T
crystals (if there are any - some
ships are barren) you need -
w i t h i n yet another time limit -
Tiin je
to trace t w o circuit lines f r o m
their point of origin to the ' w i n ' THE TUBE 128K
gate. Only one difference w i t h t h e 128K version of The Tube ̶but it's an
To actually w i n the game you important one - music. The soundtrack t o The Tube by Dave
need to amass an energy level Whittaker is simply astounding. Check out last m o n t h ' s music
f r o m parts one and t w o . w h i c h w i l l require the feature for a m o r e detailed description of i t . It adds a t r e m e n d o us
It w o r k s like this: you view successful looting of at least
amount to the game but. sadly, the best bits d o n ' t play w h e n the
your spaceship f r o m above four energy crystals.
game does - the t e m p t a t i o n t o sit at t h e c o n t r o l select screen and
steering it over a planet surface Curiously for such a bitty
g a m e the w h o l e is greater than just listen to it is almos t t o o much. M o r e of this kind of stuff please.
looking for g r o u n d e d ships. The

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uite w h a t the c o n n e c t i o n get t o c h o o se w h a t kills you. By


between the bearded u s i n g t h e m u l t i - l o a d landscape
boys of ZZ Top a n d the facility, y o u are able to produce
new game f r o m E n g l i sh t w o f u r t h e r areas in w h i c h to
Software is, I d o n ' t k n o w . die. These consist o f a
But a c o n n e c t i o n t h e r e landscape, and a Greekscape
obviously is because the b l u r b (lots of aliens in skirts drinking
says that Leviathan is based o n retsina?) It's particularly bizarre,
the video for Rough Boy. W h y ? featuring large statues w i t h
SCO RE:: d d d d d d d e a a L E M l L : A t The other t h i n g that c o n f u s e s spaceships whizzing in a n d out.
me is the title. W h e r e ' s this b i g As w e l l as a variety of
ship that's referred to in E n g l i sh inanimate objects to avoid,
Software's ad for the g a m e . I there's the o d d spaceship to
couldn't find i t Literally. Q u i t e
frankly, y o u r craft is so s m a l l ,
it's in danger of d i s a p p e a r i n g
up its o w n existence.
About the o n l y t h i n g
Leviathan-like a b o u t t h e g a m e
is its overall size - it c o m e s in
three Loads. The m a i n g a m e
and t w o alternative landscapes.
Still, no matter. There are
some other big t h i n g s in this
game. One o f t h e m is the

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b o o m i n g 128K soundtrack,
ook into m y eyes. Y o u are w h i c h is quite definitely n o t ZZ
getting sleepy, ever so FACTS BOX Top, for w h i c h , I s u p p o s e, w e
sleepy. You are g o i n g
baaack . . . baacckk . . . back to
Minter madness comes to can all be p r o f o u n d l y g r a t e f u l.
town - Hamas, goats, There is also a b i g , O h - M y - G o d -
the time of m u t a n t camels and W h a t ' s - G o i n g - o n - n o w factor.
strange colours. W h e n I count sheep. What else do you
want? Great fun at a great Leviathan is a Z a x x o n - s t y l e
three, you wil l awake and J e f f
diagonal scrolling g a m e . N o w .
Minter will arise to rehaunt y o u price
they're not m y c u p of tea, I m u s t
d o w n to y o u r local s o f t w a r e
admit, but I can live w i t h it.
dealer. One, t w o , three. VOIDRUNNER What I find a little m o r e d i f f i c u l t contend w i t h t o o. Alerted b y
It's true! Jeff's back w i t h a Label: Mastertronic to live w i t h is the p u n i n e s s o f w a r n i n g radar-like beeps, y o u
vengeance. Icon d e s i g n has Author: Icon m y spacecraft, and t h e find yourself s u d d e n l y in the
lovingly converted his o l d C64 Price: £2.99 enormity of e v e r y t h i n g else. midst of a s w i r l i n g m a s s of
hit Voidrunner to S p e c t r u m , Joystick: various e n e m y craft. There are ten
As the screen scrolls h u g e
and I think its got a hit o n its assorted aliens to c h o o se f r o m ,
M e m o r y : 48K/128K chunks of w h a t appear to be a
hands. not that y o u get m u c h choice, it
wrecked planet c o m e h u r t l i n g
So w h a t kind of g a m e is it? has t o be said. S o m e are o n t h e
t o w a r d s you. They can't be that
After w a d i n g t h r o u g h all the Reviewer: r o u n d side, a n d s o m e c o m e in a
wrecked t h o u g h , because m o s t
blurb, y o u eventually realise it's f e t c h i n g p y r a m i d shape. All of
of t h e m appear t o have s o m e
a basic shoot-em-up. Pure a n d t h e m are, like y o u o w n ship,
• • • • i J r sort of installation o n t h e
h a r d to s p o t , a n d again, it's all
simple. Just w e a v i n g a r o u n d surface, radars, rocket
the screen m a k i n g " n e e o w doo- t o o easy t o e n d u p f l y i n g
launchers, and large glass
ships change f o r m a t i o n as y o u domes, the p u r p o s e of w h i c h is
• surely merely t o be f l o w n into.
z o o m f r o m level to level, each
w i t h an a n i m a l l y sort of n a m e Pretty soon I discovere d it's
such as Llama, Goat, or Sheep. simple to avoid these features.
This insures that the a m a z i n g l y Simply use the joystick of y o u r
cool tactics that y o u used t o get choice t o raise y o u r ship above
off the last level are not the height o f the highest t o w e r ,
necessarily g o i n g to get y o u and fly right over t h e m . S i m p l e ,
t h r o u g h the next. safe and boring. Y o u can't hit
V o i d r u n n e r is fast, c o l o u r f u l , anything, but t h e n again, the y
h i g h l y playable, e x t r e m e l y can't hit you. So w h e r e ' s the
addictive and a sni p at the price. game?
In the i m m o r t a l w o r d s of It's just a case of f l y i n g about
Douglas A d a m s : " B o f f o . A and d o d g i n g a r o u n d t h e m .
doo b o o m " noises, d e s t r o y i n g
good one' W h i c h s h o u l d be easy,
droids and camels alike a n d
i i p r o v i d i n g y o u have g o o d
saving the Earth. N o big deal f o r
hardened t o u g h g u y s (or t o u g h reflexes.
A p a r t f r o m the p r o b l e m , that

mm
persons, if y o u w a n t to be V 'Cr
technical). is, that because y o u r shi p is so
The game hdS y o u f l y i n g small, and in the same c o l o u r as
vertically, blasting away at all the background, y o u just can't
#
sorts of 'orrible meanies w h i c h see it.
react in different w a y s - s o m e • ; , Flying b l i n d t h r o u g h a missil e
explode w h i l e s o m e leave pods . ' aa . base is not easy. Y o u ' r e m o r e
behind w h i c h have to be shot t h a n likely to fly straight u p a
again. glass d o m e . Or a piece o f falling
Your ship, or rather, g r o u p of wiwaaaa ... IA.U * m a s o n r y . Yes, y o u can actually

SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987 56


straight into s o m e o n e else.
I ' m not quite sure w h a t to
make of Leviathan. W h y d o
people s p e n d a lot of t i m e
concocting a brilliant
soundtrack, c o m p l e t e w i t h
w a r n i n g bleeps, e c h o i n g bullets
and sinister, t h u m p e t y - t h u m p
music, a n d leave all aspects of
g a m e p l a y to a " c l o s e y o u eyes
and pray y o u ' r e l u c k y " sort of
situation? W h y can't I f i n d it in
m y heart to like Leviathan?
It's not an easy g a m e to get
w o r k e d u p a b o u t . There's very
little sense of challenge and
g a m e s w h i c h appear to rely o n
luck rather than skill to w i n
through don't give me much
entertainment.
I ' m sadly d i s a p p o i n t e d that
Leviathan has little m o r e t o
offer t h a n prettily decorated
ch u n ks of rock. A n d as a
Z a x x o n - c l o n e it's a pretty p o o r
showB

FACTS BOX
Zaxxon like, with a great
soundtrack, but not a lot Killer Ring is the sort of g a m e
to bring a s p r i n g t o m y step and
else. Any game inspired joy to m y heart. R e m e m b e r
by ZZ Top has to be a bit Space Invaders? Dull, p l o d d y ,
suspicious but jam-packed w i t h aliens to
kill and n o t h i n g else. No radars
to scan, n o fuel-gauge to check,
LEVIATHAN just simple blast, blast, blast.
Label: English Software Well, Killer Ring is remarkably
Price: £ 7 . 9 5 similar to that - or Phoeni x -
M e m o r y : 48K/128K except w i t h bats. A lot of t h e m .
enhanced A n d it's very fast.
Joystick: various You begin to realise just h o w s i m p l e r e q u i r e m e n t w h e r e he's
simple the g a m e really is w h e n c o n c e r n e d is that if y o u b l o w his
you check out the i n s t r u c t i o ns heart out y o u ' l l get lots of
on the packaging. There aren't points a n d w i n the g a m e .
any. What y o u d o get is a recipe Killer Ring is beautifully
for K-Ring cup cakes, a n d very s i m p l e to play. Just stay put and
tasty they are too. Fire at will. The o d d bullet, or
The message is s i m p l y , a n d perhaps it's a bat d r o p p i n g , w i l l
happily: If it m o v e s , s h o o t it. If c o m e y o u r w a y , but, o n the
doesn't shoot it a n y w a y . earlier w a v e s at least, these are
q u i t e easy to d o d g e . W h a t y o u look a bit like frogs (but then I
So I j o y f u l ly pressed t h e Fire
m a y f i n d d i s c o n c e r t i n g at first is never w a s very g o o d at b i o l o g y)
button and got o n w i t h the
the e n o r m o u s a m o u n t of bat - break away f r o m the rest of
serious business of bat h u n t i n g .
debris that flies a b o u t the place, the b u n c h one by one a n d circle
A n d they w e r e n ' t a n y t h i n g like
but d o n ' t panic. Bat entrails r o u n d , in a f e t c h i n g m a n n e r ,
your o r d i n a r y average v a m p i r e .
m a y be a bit o n the unpleasant w i n g s outstretched, evil grins
These bats fly in waves,
side, but they w o n ' t d a m a g e o n their little faces . . .
preceeded by an A n t i - M a t t e r
beam, w h i c h m u s t be shot y o u in any w a y . But I digress. W h a t w e ' v e got
t h r o u g h in order to hit a n y t h i n g here is a nice s t r a i g h t f o r w a r d
Y o u ' l l f i n d yourself game with continuous shooting
at all. represented by a gun-sight sort and s o m e g o o d m u s i c and
As the g a m e c l a i m s t o get of object, w h i c h fires b e a m s s o u n d effects too. One happy
harder each t i m e y o u play, even f r o m the t o p a n d b o t t o m . The reviewerB
w h e n y o u ' r e o n Idiot Level, if o d d bat w i l l get past y o u and fly
you d o n ' t can't hack it first t i m e d o w n b e h i n d y o u . Leave it until
around, y o u ' r e certainly not it c o m e s up, r o u n d and above
going to get m u c h f u r t h er each y o u a n d then give h i m on e right
time y o u play. (Personally I o n the nose. That'll take care of
think this is just a ruse to m a k e h i m , and a l l o w s y o u to progress
you think y o u ' re being really t o the subtleties of the next set
clever w h e n y o u m a n a g e to get of bats.
past a wave.) The g ra p h i c s are nice and
After m a n y , m a n y , s i m p l e . A l l o n e - c o l o u r - again a
increasingly hard waves, you'll very simila r sort of effect to
reach a spaceman, and the Invaders The bats - w h i c h d o

SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987 57


SQUIRT
SUTL
some real convincing replica
weaponry, all firing very LOUD ammu-
nition. Dirty Harry fans can go for
the Colt Python handgun, while for
£9.97 the wicked-looking Uzi Rifle
can be yours.
Nichols' version of the Uzi is
S
COIN-OP OF
pin-offs of a successful game
are more o f t e n t h a n n o t
poor copies of the original,
w i t h arcade manufacturers
SQUIRT actually motorised, and fires 250
shots per minute of roll caps - not
hoping the product w i l l sell off
the back of the o r i g i n a t o r .

G one art the day* toy 9«"» one to fire in the post office. £9.97 Defender seems t o be an
were made of tin and had 'Buck and two clips, while if you want to go exception. A brilliant concept In
aroo Jones" stamped on them. Miami right over the top there's the Finally, for £19.97, revolutionaries its o w n right. It has already
Vict type designer weaponry is all Afghan's delight, the RFC Rocket should try the Daisy AK-47 Assault spawned Nemesis a n d
the rage in the toyshops. Launcher with giant water canister at Rifle. With single or rapid fire selec- Salamander - b o t h extremely
Entertech does a range of frighten £18.94. If you're a lousy shot, try the tor and electronic sampled sound playable games a n d n o w there's
ingly realistic water-cannons. The Defender pump-action shotgun at effects, it's so convincing It makes a third. Maybe the best y e t .
M16 Motorized Water Machinegun £7.47; this shoots a wide burst of you wonder whether the Russians R-Type from Irem C o rp o ra ti o n
wouldn't look out of place on the set water so even you couldn't miss. aren't saving the odd rouble or two by Is yet another successful
of Platoon. flashes, makes loud Larami's Z-Matic series includes issuing these instead of the real lookallke w i t h some of the most
noises, has a refillable water clip thing. astounding graphics I've seen In
and shoots a jet of water 30 feet. All products available from TOYS- a long w h i l e . Played In a similar
£12.99 for this desirable weapon. RUS and other large stores w a y. you've got t o fly your craft
At C11.99 there's Crockett's CHRIS JENKINS from left t o right d o w n a l o n g
favourite, the Double-Clip Berefta. tunnel blasting a w a y at a
complete with folding stock, strap u>
fij multitude of highly coloured
> aliens and guardian monsters.
u It's the Incredible speed of the

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4 The Joshua Tree U2i
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9 Hit Revival
Various Even Oldersters 4
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8 Sauro h
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Thb list b compiled f r o m o n e j r c a d e In L o n d o n * ,
THE
program a n d the b r i l l i a n t l y
drawn graphics that m a ke R-
rype so special. You've g o t a real
brainteaser o n your hands as y o u
try t o w o r k out h o w t o get past
the massive guardians at the end
of each section. To destroy each
guardian you're g o i n g t o have t o
shoot It a great number of times,
and w o r k out a p a t t e r n of
movement t h a t ' l l get y o u past It
in one piece.
Extra fire p o w e r can be f o u n d
in metallic balls w h i c h fit o n t o
the nose of your craft. The more
you collect, the greater the
variety of bullets a n d lasers.
Finding them Is a cinch. Just
shoot a harmless species of alien
and pick up the Jewel it leaves
behind. Trouble is . . . y o u ' v e g o t
t o find out w h k h of the aliens
are the harmless ones . . .
CLAIRE EDGELEY

BOING, ZZZZ, WOOSH, KERRANG, WAH (MUSIC TECH)


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lectronic musicians, sounds at once under computer response and modulation wheel
prepare to be stunned by control (that includes your at under £280, or even the
the launch of an incredibl y Spectrum!). It has t w o oscillators monster 7-octave touch and
cheap range of p o w e r f u l musical for each of the six voices, 64 velocity responsive M K 7 V A at
instruments from Cheetah program memories, f u l l M i d i , an under £400.
Marketing. arpeggiator * o r those impossible- • The M D 8 M i d i digital d r u m
Cheetah has now produced a to-play r i f f s , and sits i n a machine w i l l lay d o w n that heavy
series of affordable instruments standard 19" rack. To play it beat, w i t h eight d r u m voices,
which threaten even musical you'll want a M i d i k e y b o a r d: each of which can be changed by
giants like Casio. • The MK511 five-octave loading a new sample from
• The MS6 Polysynth M o d u l e , version at under £200. cassette. Cost _ an amazing £150.
at under £250, plays six differen t • The M K 5 V w i t h velocity • The Powerplay Electronic
Drum Kit has five f u l l size pads
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SCIENCE FACTS AND FICTION completely live, or w i t h
programmed accompaniment.
If you've rood Starsbip Troopers ot a dozen other Science Fiction novels. Cost is around £160.
I then y o u l b e fomiitor with m e c o n c e p t of p o w e r e d armour If you haven't. With a M i d i *equencing

WPS SEPTEMBER
Ifs like a medieval suit of armour, only full of electronics a n d motors a n d package at under £50 on the
weaponry, a n d it was supposed t o b e the sort of thing that the soldiers of way, you'll soon be able to outfit
the far future were going to b e wearing Into battle a whole band for the cost of one
1 Irem C o r p o r a t i o n But if research being c o n d u c t e d at the US Army's focMltles at Los Alamos Yamaha DX7. W e l l def!!!
is successful then w e m a y b e seeing p o w e r e d armour being used on the
Sega battlefield before the e n d of this century, m fact Col Oliver North is CHRIS JENKINS
Talto probably testing the stuff out right now . . .
Looking very m u c h like a space suit or diving suit, the p o w e r e d armour
wn have a helmet with h e a d - u p display relayed from a built n computer,
Capcom motors which amplify the wearer's o w n strength so he - or she - will b e
able to carry heavy weighty Getting hungry or thirsty no problem - check
SNK out the built in water, cat a n d f o o d supplies. It will b e immune to loser
Talto oeams. nuclear fallout, chemica l warfare a n d more m u n d a n e but equally
aeodly things like the o d d bullet
Konami Whether ITU have its o w n Jet-pack built In Isn't dear, but It will almost
Atari certainly have heavy duty weaponry built In a n d linked u p to the o n b o a r d
computer. All the trooper of the future will have to d o is look at something,
Konami blink a n d btammol Hmmm. wonder w h a m h a p p e n If he sneezes
whoops, there goes Basmgstoke!
d o n f l g f c i Thanks to John Stergkte* of Electrocoln
GARY ROOK
R
ebel manages to be a
strategy game disguised
so effectively as an
arcade game that it may
simultaneously appeal to both
strategy fans w h o like to think
about game moves and the
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All this and a highly original
game concept too!
Rebel is all done with mirrors,
the basic game plot being so
astoundingly simple that a
complete dunderhead (even
me) could grasp the game
mechanics in about thirty
seconds - getting it right
however is another matter
entirely. patrolled by fiendish (but very beam to strike the exit is by
Never mind all the details of square) robots which zoom bouncing the beam around the
the plot the gist of it is this: back and forth along screen using a series of mirrors
There are ten levels and on each predetermined lines. The robot Your droid (which looks
the idea is to escape. Now the movement patterns are remarkably like a tank) can pick
exit is pretty easy to find despite predictable so it is possible to up. put down or turn mirrors by
the fact that each level is learn their routes and avoid 180".
them (in theory - actually you The strategy therefore is to
crunch into a wandering work out where to place each
security robot surprisingly mirror and what direction it
often) but none of this is the should be facing so that the
point of the game, laser beam bounces around
Getting out of the exit between the mirrors and ends
involves persuading a laser up at the exit. Mirrors can only
beam to hit it. The laser is in one be placed in special squares
location and the exit in another, and only one combination of
and the laser is powered up by mirror placements and
standing on the exit. So far so orientation will work.
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from that one and so on ending
up at some point w i t h a square
ARCADE
\arcadeand*trategy which is directly north, south,
east or west f r o m the laser. Get
the idea? All this whilst d o d g i n g
roving robots.
J challenge it is
Having got throug h the first
level (I just though t I'd mentio n
L
Virein Game s it) I can exclusively reveal that
the second level is harder and
fetures, along w i t h roving
androids, droi d trains hurtling REVIEW
along railway lines. Having also clash noticeable at all
loysiicks: v a r i o us ventured into Level 3 (thought A n d despite that the
you m i g ht just like to know); I backgrounds are detailed
can w a r n you that the exit is including touches like shadows
acros a river w i t h one bridge f o r m e d by trees and walls.
w h i c h is seriously guarded by Sound is tolerable but hardly
robots. matters on a game like this
Despite the simple idea Rebel anyway.
is extremely well p r o g r a m m e d . So. Is this a 100%, no
j that will help. For example the
The relatively simple (OK then, compromise, rabid enthusiasm
| last mirror must go in a square |
square) shapes means that review? Not quite It w o u l d have
directly north, south, east or
there is essentially no attribute made an absolutely fabulous
| west from the exit, the next
budget g a me game but at full
either north, south, east or west]
ml »- «' »- V •- »- price I can't help thinking that
the total of only ten different
levels is too low. The problem is
then w h e n you solve a level

H
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martin Wheelet. j n d the
m o r e or less (subject only to
m o * «t ,he
joined avoiding androids which have,
w»o«e «he chart anyway, fixed m o v e m e n t
Virgin. patterns) assured of always
,opp.ng SorcejY; (Vugm. c o m p l e t i n g that level every time
you attempt it
I can see some people
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files. Please note you need to

N eville Young of Falkirk is being met immediately before number stored previously, k n o w the start address and
writing a Basic p r o g r a m the subroutine call. Once the deletes the stored i n f o r m a t i o n length of the program to be
which uses a number of GOSUB subroutine has been called, from me mo ry and j u m p s back saved and loaded when using
subroutines. He writes: I have a there w o u l d appear at first to be to one beyond that line n u m b e r those routines.
routine w h i c h is called f r o m all no way of indentifying w h i c h and continues executing the
over the program and I pass th e GOSUB in the p ro g ra m actually Basic program. PEEK instructions can be used
parameters for t h e routine in an called the subroutine. The program in Table I to look-up the line number. A
array that is set up before t h e I can, however, think of t w o demonstrates how a couple of further complication, which is
GOSUB call. This w o r k s fine, not demonstrated in Table I, is
but a problem arises if t h e TABLE I. Program to demonstrate how to find the line and that if GOSUB"s are nested, ie.
subroutine discovers an error in statement number from which subroutine was called subroutines are put one inside
one of the parameters because I another so that a subroutine
then stop the p r o g r a m w i t h th e 100 GOSUB 1000 : GOSUB 1000 calls another subroutine then
print-out telling m e t h a t one or 200 GOSUB 1000 your have to be careful to look
more of the parameters is 300 GOSUB 1000 up the correct line n u m b e r
invalid. Can you tell me of any 400 GOTO 100 when determinin g the line
way of finding the line and number of the GOSUB call.
statement number of th e Nl/ Broadly speaking what happens
GOSUB that called this 1000 LET SP = PEEK 23613 + 256*PEEK 23614 + 2 is that the area used for storing
subroutine, as it is here t h a t t h e 1010 PRINT "LINE NUMBER; PEEK SP +256* PEEK the line numbers g r o w s
error has occurred, n o t w i t h i n (SP + 1); "STATEMEN T N U M B E R " ; PEEK (BP+2) - 1 downwards in m e m o r y f r o m
the subroutine itself. Neville the top.
1020 RETURN
has put his finger on one of
several weak features in ways of making such an TABLE II. Two routines to Save and Load MM bytes of data
Spectrum Basic, namely that it indentification possible. The starting at address NN on tape in a headerless file
is not possible to pass more transparent way, w h i c h is
parameters to a subroutine in therefore probably the better DECIMAL ASSEMBLER COMMENT
the subroutine call. The one is to set a parameter in the 167 AND A Clear carry flag
standard call to a Spectrum array which indicates w h i c h
subroutine is 62 255 LD A, 255 Load A w i t h 255
GOSUB call is doing the calling.
GOSUB x. For example, if the subroutin e is 221 33 ? ? LD IX, NN Save address N N
where x is the line n u m b e r of called f r o m ten different 17 ? ? LD DE, M M Length to be saved is M M
locations w i t h i n the p r o g r a m at
the first line of the subroutine.
lines, say. 100, 500, 1200, 1900, 205 194 4 CALL 1218 Call save routine in ROM
It would be much m o r e useful
if you were able to use etc, then one of the parameters 201 RET Return
something like the f o l l o w i n g : passed in the array w o u l d be
GOSUB Fred (a.b.c.XS.YS) the line number at w h i c h the
call is made ie: 100, 500, 1200 55 SCF Set carry flag
where Fred is the name of a
subroutine being called, the 1900, etc. The subroutine could 62 255 LD A, 255 Load A w i t h 255
letters a.b and c represent then look at that particular 221 33 ?? LD IX, NN Load at address NN
numerical parameters being parameter to determine w h e r e
its call had come fro m. 17 ? ? LD DE, M M Length t o be loaded
passed to the subroutine and
X$ and Y$ are characters being The other way of doing the 205 86 5 CALL 1366 Call load routine in ROM
passed to the subroutine. job is to look up the value of the 201 RET Return
Obviously it w o u l d be useful to line number f r o m which the

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be able to pass as many program has been called in the successful microprocessor chip
parameters as y o u required to GOSUB stack at the top of the and is n o w manufactured both

Or not?
the subroutine in question. Spectrum memory. The by the original manufacturers
In order for this system to program in Table I and by m a n y other companies

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work the subroutine w o u l d demonstrates how the GOSUB under licence throughou t the
hat are ' u n d o c u m e n t e d w o r l d . It has been developed
have to be identified w i t h a line number is stored. If y o u
Z80 instructions? asks and i m p r o v e d over the years, in
matching line such as 1000 SUB think about it, it's obvious that
Michael Timberlake of particular such that certain
Fred (p,q,r,A$,B$), where 1000 the line number to which the
Worksop, and w h y aren't they grades of chip w i l l run faster
is the line number of the return is to be made must be
documented? Good question, than other grades. The
subroutine and SUB identifies it stored somewhere in m e m o r y
Michael. Let me try and explain. S p e c t r u m uses the so-called
as a subroutine w i th the name because otherwise the
The Z80 microprocessor w h i c h Z80A version w h i c h w i l l run at
Fred and with the five computer w o u l d lose track of
lies at the heart of the ZX 4MHz w h i c h means that it
parameters. This is the sort of where it was supposed to be in
Spectrum {and many other executes a part of an instruction
facility which does exist in the Basic program. What
micros like the Amstra d CPC
some other versions of Basic happens is that w h e n the Basic
range) was developed f r o m an
and other high-level interpreter comes across a
earlier microprocessor - the
programming languages. GOSUB instruction, it stores the
8080 w h i c h in turn was
line number of that GOSUB
The Spectrum doesn't have developed f r o m previous w o r k .
instruction, right at the top of
this kind of facility so Neville is By m y calculations the Z80 has
memory. When it encounters a
working around the proble m by about 600 different instructions
return instruction subsequently,
passing his parameters in an d o cu me n te d in its instruction
it looks up the value of the line
array, the values of the array set. It's been a hugely

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9 -Tzzsakx^sy
SINCLAIR U I Yl • tf
HEWSON HELPLINE A leading question
I o w n and A l p h a c o m 32
Printer, writes Darryl Sykes
of Huddersfield. I w o u l d like to
k n o w if there is a lead that can
be used t o attach it t o the
RS232 p o r t of m y 128K
Spectrum. Sorry Darryl, the
A l p h a c o m printer uses the
original ZX system and is
designed to couple to the
extension port o n the back of
the original ZX Spectrum. The
system used is completely non-
standard - unique ie peculiar to
alas no w a y of converting it to
the Spectrum alone and there is
run on an RS232 port.

How fast is 3 inches?


T here has been a lot of
publicity about the new
Spectrum 128K + 3 w i t h built-in
infinitely better than the disc
drive o n the C o m m o d o r e 64
and C o m m o d o r e 128 although
3 inch disc drive, writes Michael I'll probably be lynched for
Hayes of St Albans. Do you saying so. I have always felt that
k n o w h o w fast it w o r k s and disc drives should mean you
also are you able t o use such only have to wait t w o or three
techniques as you do w i t h tape seconds for your software to
such as flashy hyperload appear on the screen. The
systems? The Spectrum 128K+ Spectrum Plus 3 w i t h its 128K
3 in my opinion is an excellent m e m o r y more or less achieves
development. I have felt for a that. I therefore very much
very long time that what the doubt if w e w i l l see the kind of
huge user base of Spectrum hyperload systems that are
owners in the UK required was c o m m o n o n C64 discs because
good solid reliable hardware. A they are, frankly, unnecessary.
year ago Amstrad gave us that
w i t h the 128K+2 w i t h its built-in By the way, I have been
cassette interface. A l t h o u g h the keeping very quiet about the
interface was felt to be Spectrum 128K+3 because
unreliable in some quarters, I A m s t r a d told me about it very
personally have never had any early o n in its development on
problem w i t h it and I have the understanding that I w o u l d
found very few people w h o not let the cat out of the bag.
have encountered real Therefore I have not had the
difficulties. The addition of a opportunity to w r i t e about it in
built-in disc drive is a great the c o l u m n before. I have
relief and opens up all kinds of decided that since Michael
possibilities for the machine. Hayes raised the subject he
The drive is reasonably fast w i n s this month's pirate copy of
and compares well w i t h other Zynaps to play o n his favourite
machines on the market. It is computer.

four million times per second. w h i c h handles the similarities is w i t h o u t changing o n the Circle j o b w h i c h are not 'official' or
Other versions of the Z80, such obviously very complicated. Line, but it will take y o u rather 'documented', but w h i c h may
as the Z80B run faster at 6 or You can think of it as an longer than o n the Victoria Line. have some advantage
8MHz. The 600 or so i m m e n s e l y more complicated If you asked an official f r o m the particularly for w h a t y o u w a n t
instructions w h i c h make up the version of the L o n d on London U n d e r g r o u n d for to do.
'documented' instructions set Underground system or any advice, he w o u l d tell y o u There is a risk in using these
are not all independent other network w h e r e there is w i t h o u t hesitation, to catch the u n d o c u m e n t e d instructions,
nstructions. Very many of t h e m m o r e than one w a y of getting Victoria Line and w o u l d not because n o b o d y knows for
are made up of bits and pieces f r o m one place to another using even m e n t i o n that y o u could certain that all Z80 chips that
of other instructions. A simple the system. travel o n the Circle Line if you have ever been made w i l l
example of this is the For example, imagine that felt like it. However, if y o u knew execute the same
I D BC. N N y o u want to travel f r o m Kings w h a t y o u were doing, and has u n d o c u m e n t e d instructions.
instruction, w h i c h tells the chip Cross to Victoria. The obvious s o m e experience, you m i g h t "Clearly, y o u s h o u l d only use the
to load the BC register pair w i t h w a y is to catch a Victoria line choose to travel o n the Circle d o c u m e n t e d instructions w h e n
a numbe r NN This instruction tube train w h i c h links these t w o Line, perhaps because you w r i t i n g s o f t w a r e for use by
is clearly linked to instructions stations directly and is fast and w a n t e d to collect something at m o r e than one machine.
like direct. However, there is Liverpool Street o n the w a y It is fairly easy, by f o l l o w i n g
another line w h i c h runs past. This is an example of the the patterns in the Z80
LD B, C,
between the t w o stations r o u n d sort of t h i n g that can g o on instructions to locate the gaps
LD DE, N N
in a circle via Liverpool Street inside the Z80. If you know what in the instruction set and guess
and
and Tower Hill. You can travel you are doing, you can w o r k out at instructions that might lie
LD B, N
f r o m Kings Cross to Victoria other ways of doing the same w i t h i n these gaps.
The internal structure of the Z80

SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987 65


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••rTWAKI
W
ell I d o n ' t k n o w a b o u t
y o u but I haven't got a
clue as to w h a t all
these G o b o t things are about.
After spending ages and ages
ploughing t h r o u g h the
apparently endless ' b o o k ' (you
load it into the S p e c t r u m a n d
flip f r o m page to page - m o r e
economical tha n a novella) a n d
considerably m o r e t i m e t h a n
was comfortable l i s t e n i n g t o t h e
audio tape Theme to the
Challenge. I was non e the wiser.
Apparently s o m e o f y o u r
mates have been c a p t u r e d by
an evil fiend by the n a m e of
Gog. To rescue t h e m y o u m u s t
destroy everythin g o n t h e
surface of the planet, or
something.
No matter, the g a m e itself is result, m o s t of y o u r t i m e w i l l be
rather good. It's all horizontally - spent w a i t i n g for a n e w m a n to
scrolly w i t h er, ' b o l d ' g r a p h i c s can see, there's a ceiling and a a p p e a r after s m a s h i n g
look like a sort of dart, a n d
(ie blocky), a fair bit of c o l o u r floor, w i t h a m o u n t a i n range or headlong into something
w h e n y o u land, y o u m u t a t e i n t o
and a lot of killing. something in b e t w e e n . W e l l , d a n g e r o u s . Either that or o n e of
a standing-up r o b o t - s t a n d i n g
It's been w r i t t e n by T o n y the m o u n t a i n s j i g g l e u p a n d the man y enemy robots will
the right w a y u p o n the floor or
Crowther and Ross G o o d l e y d o w n a bit and it's possible to k n o c k y o u out.
upside d o w n o n the ceiling.
w h o ' v e o b v i o u s ly been heavily fly in either d i r e c t i o n or - a n d G o o d n e w s t h e n that an
Flying a r o u n d is d e c i d e d l y
influenced by Jeff Minter . this is w h e r e the G o b o t t i a n e d i t i n g s e c t i o n has been a d d e d
hairy at first, a n d y o u go ver y
element c o m e s t o t h e f o r e - e n a b l i n g y o u t o tailor certain
The screen is a bit difficult to fast i n d e e d . A s y o u fly g r a v i t y
land o n either the ceiling or the aspects of the g a m e (speed,
explain m o v e m e n t - w i s e . A s y o u pulls y o u to the t o p or b o t t o m ,
floor and t r u n d l e along . g r a v i t y , etc) in o r d e r to make
t o w a r d w h i c h e v e r surface y o u
W h i l e y o u are in the air y o u t h i n g s a bit easier.
are nearer at t h e time. As a
After I'd t w e a k e d d o w n t h e
g r a v i t y a bit I started to do a
little better. A l o n g b o t h surfaces
are large w h i t e egg-like things
w h i c h are a p p a r e n t l y bases.
P r o v i d i n g y o u have picked u p a
FACTS BOX c o u p l e of the little robots w h i c h
can be seen s c u r r y i n g a l o n g the
Worthwhile licence that surface - Scooter s - y o u can
stands up on its own. press the b o m b b u t t o n and
High-energv blast meets d r o p o n e of the little suckers o n
quirky oddity and they t o p of the installation, b l o w i n g
both come out of it well it t o bits in a m o s t g r a t i f y i n g
manner.
CHALLENGE O F THE
Destroy the correct n u m b e r of
GOBOTS bases, y o u ' l l m o v e o n to the
Label: A r i o l a s o f t next level.
Price: £ 8 . 9 5 Yes I k n o w it's pretty
Author: T o n y Crowther d i s a p p o i n t i n g t h e next level is
a n d Ross G o o d l e y almost invariably virtually
Joystick: v a r i o u s i n d e n t i c a l t o t h e p r e v i o u s one
save the fact that there are a few
R«vi«w*r: m o r e varieties of aliens. But it's
still g r e a t f u n .
G o b o t s is actually a very
playable arcade g a m e that is
a n y t h i n g but r u n - o f - t h e - m i l l B

rfii

TONY CROWTHER: responsible


for the game design. Well known as
a C64 programmer of scrolling big-
sprite titles like Loco.
SOFTOGRAPHY: Loco (Alligata.
1985). Potty Pigeons (Gremlin, 1985)
Monty Mole (Gremlin, 1985), Killer
Watt (Alligata, 1986), KiUer Ring
(RcjcUor. 198~
ROSS design
game GOODLEY: responsible for

TONY COOPER: responsible for ih<


coding SUPIRBOWL (Imagine. 1986)
ARKANOIO (Imagine. 1987)
PNEUMATIC HAMMERS OLYMPIC SPECTACULAR
SIMULATION l a b e l : Alternative A u t h o r : Database Price: £1.99 Memory:
ARCADE Label: Firebird Price: £1.99 M e m o r y : 48K128K loystick: none 48K 128K loystick: keyboard only Reviewer: Tony D i l l o n
Reviewer: Andy Moss How on earth could anyone release such tosh. Aging
Sad little budget game. Not much cop and tedious multi-event sports simulation

J I
ust because a g a m e ' s i n a b u d g e t range s h o u l d n ' t m e a n t h a t it's a ' m sorry. I can't keep It t o mysetf any longer. Brace yourself for a
poor quality product. Pneumatic H a m m e r s w e l l a n d t r u l y squashes shock. Are y o u ready? l i m a . . . BUDGET F A N I I I I LIKE b u d g e t games!
that theory. First o f all t h e r e are spelling errors i n t h e o p e n i n g I put up a f i g h t w h e n e v e r any so-called f r i e n d s ' say a n y t h i n g against
screen, and then in the g a m e proper th e re ' s no j o ysti ck o p t i o n . I ask y o u , m y treasured collection. It's a p r o b l e m indeed.
in this day and age. n o t even a K e m p s t o n look-a-like! The g a m e i s But I t h i n k I've f o u n d a cure for m y social b l i g h t. O l y m p i c Spectacular.
littered w i t h a t t r i b u t e clash and t h e i n s t r u c t i o n s are w r o n g . A p a r t f r o m Quick, load It up. BEEEE-DtT-BEEE' ( f o l l o w e d b y strange b e e p i n g static
that there's a semblance of a game in there s o m e w h e r e , i t just suffers noises). Hang o n a m o . w h a t ' s t h i s o n t h e l o a d i n g screen? M i c r o
from plain bad p r o g r a m m i n g ^ O l y m p i c s ? That can't be right. 1984.1? Well, it's loaded. Let's take a look
at it. Aaargh! It's t e r r i b l e ! ! ! Eleven events e n d all practically t h e same.
Five ru n n i n g events, t h r e e t h r o w i n g events a n d all practically t h e same.
1 Help!!!
A n d it Is t h e Database t i t l e , released years ago. a n d n o t m u c h cop t h e n
The label says A l t e r n a t i v e The g a m e says 'seen i t all before'. D o n ' t even
CAPTAIN KELLY think about b u y i n g i t B
ARCADE Label: Bug Byte Price: £1.99 M e m o r y : 48K 128K Joystick: various
• Q
Reviewer: Andy Moss
Re-released 'save the space station'game. Some tricky + Q
problems to solve on the way SUPER G M A N

N
o. n o t our e s t e e m e d Editor b e c o m i n g a c o m p u t e r g a m e tie-in. b u t ARCADE Label: Codemasters Price: £1.99 M e m o r y : 48K 128K loystick:
a re-release of an o l d Quicksilva n u m b e r t h a t ' s actually still q u i t e various Reviewer: Andy Moss
good. The a i m of t h e g a m e is t o t a k e over c o n t r o l of a space ship, Get back to your ship and watch out for those aliens!

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that's run by robots. A bit like an early v e r s i o n of Paradroid b u t w i t h o u t es folks. Codemasters has d o n e K again a n d devised a splendidly
the frills. entertaining cheapie. a cross b e t w e e n Jet Pak a n d Defender. Not
Captain Kelly i s n o t just a " d o it t o t h e m before t h e y do i t t o y o u , " only do y o u have t o w o r r y a b o u t g r a v i t y and a sh o rt fuel supply,
game, it does have s o m e complex scenarios t o w o r k o u t i n order t o but there are a n u m b e r of perfectly g r u e s o m e aliens after your b l o o d too.
complete It. For example, g e t t i n g i n t o t h e radio r o o m and locking o n t o The idea is t o f l y t h r o u g h t h e lunar landscape, picking u p fuel
orbiting satellites t o b e a m extra energy i n t o your p o w e r pack. It's cannisters as you go. a l o n g w i t h s o m e a m m o t o replenish your laser, i n
because of all these extra b i t s t h a t I really enjoyed t h e g a m e , and w i t h order t o meet up w i t h y o u r s h u t t l e t o t a k e y o u back h o m e . Contact w i t h
seven levels t o w o r k t h r o u g h y o u ' r e g o i n g t o get y o u r £1.99's w o r t h , the rocky o u t c r o p s i s deadly a n d s h a k i n g h a n d s w i t h t h e aliens i s
that's for sureB definitely a no-go area. The a c t i o n is n o t as fast as it c o u l d have been, b u t
I suppose this w a y i t lends itself t o m o r e players. N o t very d i ffi cu lt after
• O you've played i t a bit, b u t great f u n B
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• • • • & O
* • * • ^ O
» I ' . ' - i n y - ' r I .

FLASH GORDON
ARCADE l a b e l : Maslertronic A u t h o r : Icon Design Price: £2.99 M e m o r y :
48K128K joystick: various Reviewer: Tony D i l l o n
After a boring start, this multi-load arcade-adventure
really gets going. Good budget release

A
decade ago. y o u c o u l d g o t o t h e flicks of a S a t u r d ay m o r n ' and ULTIMA RATIO
see part of a w e e k l y serial, p r o b a b l y t h e m o s t f a m o u s of these ARCADE Label: Firebird Price: £1.99 M e m o r y : 48K 128K loystick: various
being Flash Gordon. But. alas, i t had t o end. M a n y of t h e cinemas Reviewer: Andy Moss
either closed d o w n o r s i m p l y just s t o p p e d s h o w i n g serials. But Flash
Gordon w a s n ' t g o n n a s t o p there, no sirree. He w a s g o n n a fight for t r u t h , Fast and furious, smooth scrolling shoot-em-up. Good
justice and a c o m p u t e r licence. Being t h e great A m e r i c a n hero t h a t he is, value

I
he got i t o f course - f r o m M a s t e r t r o n i c : o n e o f the first h e a v y - d u t y t's 33 years since galactic w a r b r o k e o u t , a n d y o u w e r e d o n g very
budget licences M a s t e r t r o n i c has left i t t o Icon Design t o c o m e u p w i t h nicely t h a n k y o u u n t i l U l t i m a Ratio t u r n e d up. A nine-stage battle
the goods and they have d o n e i t again! cruiser t h a t carried m u l t i p l e pulse guns, defence f i g h t e r s and b a t t l e
Flash has t o save the w o r l d . Fine, t h a t ' s t h e easy part. He has t o do it i n shields t h a t had t o b e seen t o be believed. Each stage m u s t b e
24 hours. Simplicity itself. First, t h o u g h , he has t o w o r k o u t t h e c o n t r o l s completed and neutralise d before y o u can progress t o t h e next. The
and I f o u n d t h i s nearly impossible. s m o o t h graphics m a k e t h i s g a me , and l e t ' s face i t . if y o u enjoy a
Part 1 is travelling t h r o u g h a j u n g l e , c o l l e c t i n g i t e m s , just like Tarzan. s t r a i g h t f o r w a r d s h o o t - e m - u p , as l o n g as y o u ' v e g o t s m o o t h scrolling
Then, in Part 2. he has t o fight Prince Barin t o w i n his t r u s t . Finally, it's a w h a t m o r e can you w a n t ? U l t i m a Ratio is large and c o l o u r f u l , fast and
bike ride over a chequered landscape furious. Sit d o w n , get set and p u s h t h a t fire b u t t o n B
Flash G o r d o n is an average g a m e idea, very w e l l carried o u t .


I quite enjoyed it, after t h e shaky start of course, and I w o u l d w e l l
recommend b u y i n g t h i s if y o u ' r e a b u d g e t f a n B

• • • - A - O
8
• O TRANSATLANTIC BALLOON
CHESS NUTS GAME
WORKOUT l a b e l : P T Cimatti, 7 Kings Road, Llandudno, G w y n e d d Price:
ARCADE Label: Virgin A u t h o r : Maxwell Technology Price: £7.95 M e m o r y :
£3.00 Memory: 48K 128K Reviewer: Gary Rook
48K'128K loystick: various Reviewer: D e n i * A h m e t
If you're both a chess and computer nut, fine.
Complete tosh. Possibly even worse than East Enders! A
Otherwise steer clean - strictly for the addicts!

C
definite no-buy

S
hess Nuts is another e x a m p l e of t h a t strange breed, a c o m p u t e r
chess p r o g r a m w h i c h d o e s n ' t have a g a m e i n it. o Branson's d o w n . It's all over. A n d w h o cares? Well V i r g i n does
First off. you get t h e 1986 m a t c h e s b e t w e e n Kasparov and and it's p u t o u t a very bizarre g a m e - t h e Transatlantic Balloon
Karpov. You can either just sit t h e r e and w a t c h t h e games being played Challenge based o n t h e (non)event of t h e s a me name, it's like one
or you can t r y and r e m e m b e r t h e moves. This i s great if y o u like of those t w o - p l a y e r split-screen m o t o r racing g a m e s except t h a t it's w i t h
watching paint dry. balloons - and about as speedy and e x c i t i n g as all t h a t c o u l d i m p l y .
Then you've g o t Test Your Chess. Th e o p e n i n g m o v e s of a g a m e are As w e l l as the split-screen b a l l o o n s y o u g e t f o u r icons o n the right
set o u t and then y o u have t o t a k e over and see h o w w e l l y o u do. But w h i c h control height, steering etc a n d also an i n d i c a t or box w h i c h s h o w s
whatever you t y p e in. the p r o g r a m w i l l play the m o v e s t h a t w e r e played score, lives, fuel, energy a n d a l t i t u d e . A central block s h o w s your
in a real life game b e t w e e n chess m a s t e r s : and w h e n y o u ' r e m o v e s balloon's position over the ocean, r e p r e s e n t e d by a t i n y w h i t e dot.
aren't right, you're never t o l d w h y . 50 Mates in Two is just t h a t - fifty The key t o t h e w h o l e t h i n g is y o u are an eagle - w i t h a sonic b e a m!
chess problems w h i c h w o u l d have b e e n far b e t t e r left o n t h e pages of You arell Fly around and d e f e n d y o u r b a l l o o n f r o m missiles and b o m b s .
whatever chess book they c a m e f r o m , n o t because t h e y ' r e no g o o d , b u t A poorly executed g a m e w h i c h does no c r e d i t t o the crossing in any
because they d o n ' t w o r k w e l l o n t h e c o m p u t e r s c r e e n B way whatsoeverB
• r
O

SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987


64
DEATH WISH 3
The big screen classic, in
w h i c h modern day vigilante
Paul Kersey wreaks his o w n
form of revenge on the scum
and filth that terrorise the
streets of modern day N e w
York. For too long the gangs
have run w i l d , un-
challenged in their peverted
attacks and violations of
innocent c i t l z t n s .
Muggings and robberies
have become a daily
feature of c i t y life. So
w h e n the chief of police
turns a blind eye you
decide to take over
where the law left off.

Strap on your famous


475 WILDEY
M A G N U M , turn your-
self into a one man
fighting force armed
w i t h pump action
shotgun, machine gun
and rocket launcher.
N o w t u r n the tables on
the punks and creeps
w h o certainly know h o w
to dish out the violence
but may not be so good at
being on the receiving end

SPECTRUM 48/I28K
Cassette £7.99
MSX Cassette £7.99
CBM 64/128 & AMSTRAD
Cassette £9.99 Disk £14.99
I
s M o t o s Mastertronic's first
coin-op licence? ( A n s w e r s o n HI SCOW;
a postcard to s o m e o n e else I 5 0 0 0
please) 1UP
OO
The game w a s o r i g i n a l l y a n I-
arcade machine by N a m c o a n d
this looks to be a m o d e r a t e l y
faithful conversion.
Anyway, true c o n v e r s i o n or
not, the g a m e is f a b u l o u s .
What can be m o r e satisfyin g
than pushing nasty alien bees
off the safety of a psychedelic
platform {actually it also looks
like the disco floor f r o m
Saturday Night Fever) i n t o the
endless silent w o r l d of infinite
space? Not m u c h y o u ' l l agree.
M o t o s is kind of like ma rb l e s,
but don't let that put y o u off.
The idea is s i m p l e - y o u try t o

bump assorted alien shapes off


a sort of grid. This is. at its
simplest just a matte r of
bashing into t h e m f r o m b e h i n d .
Bash t h e m long e n o u g h in the
right direction and t h e y ' l l fall the q u e s t i o n of holes - s o m e of power and j u m p pills but y o u
off. But . . . the levels are r i d d l e d w i t h holes don't have to use t h e m . A n d if
The first p r o b l e m is b o u n c i n g . - y o u d i d pick up the ' j u m p ' pills you decide to use t h e m h o w
Everything has a mass and a w h e n y o u had the chance d i d n ' t much w i l l y o u need? W i l l o n e
m o m e n t u m and o n c e y o u get you? O t h e r w i s e . . . unit of bonu s p o w e r be
several aliens b o u n c i n g a r o u n d A s i d e f r o m the sheer f u n of enough? Better not get it w r o n g
it's very easy to f i n d y o u r s e l f p l a y i n g cosmic d o d g e m s there t h o u g h - if y o u u n d e r e s t i m a t e
rather than the aliens falling is a s t r o n g e l e m e n t o f strategy and die y o u never get that
into interstellar space. The in M o t o s . Y o u a c c u m u l a t e wasted energy back. Partly it's a
second p r o b l e m is that w h i l s t matter of k n o w i n g the levels -
you have e n o u g h ' b a r g e p o w e r ' are y o u likely to need j u m p s or
to push off the silly r o u n d aliens hell of getting t h e m of f the not? H o w m u c h p o w e r to get rid
once y o u get o n to later levels edge. of bees?
your standard barge p o w e r is T h e n there's this other In t e r m s of p r o g r a m m i n g the
not enough to deal w i t h such p r o b l e m . If y o u take t o o l o n g t o work f r o m Binary Design (Zub,
exotic things as alien bees and clear a level, alien b o l t s start A m a u r o t e ) is easily as g o o d as
other insects. These latter wizzing across t h e screen
opponents have considerably d e s t r o y i n g not o n l y e v e r y t h i n g x\ r r n a^v S r S p j /JSnn I
anything don e for say. Ocean or
US Gold at full price.
more barge p o w e r tha n y o u and in their p a th but also the v e ry The graphics are s m o o t h -
you need to accumulate b o n u s platform on which you're .1, , hHODF< I s m o o t h e n o u g h to c a p t u r e
power points to s t a nd a hope in standing. T n e n of course there's] beautifully the sense of
> m o m e n t u m and detail of
m o v e m e n t the g a m e requires.
KRouS1" 7 You can opt for a c o l o u r or
On r " ' - ' ^ for f f i m o n o c h r o m e display but I can't
believe anyone w i l l f i n d w h a t
slight attribute clash there is
unacceptable o n the c o l o u r
version.
O n 128K t h e s o u n d is
excellent, b o t h t h e Dambusters
m a r c h at the b e g i n n i n g and the
v a r i o u s w i b b l y s o u n d effects as
y o u p l u m m e t i n t o space.
I m a d e it t h r o u g h a r o u n d nine
levels b e f o r e the m a s s e d
e n e m y forces got t o o m u c h for
m e but t h e r e are over thirty to
get t h r o u g h .
I ' m g o i n g back for m o r e . This
g a m e is a s t o u n d i n g l y addictive
and. g o o d grief, it costs £2.99.
W h a t else can y o u possibl y
want?B
NOWFOR

The Battle \ ^ ^ the greatest


Continues!!! ^ S ^ master criminal
loin with the forces of ^ ^ ^ • AI I the world has ever
MASK, skilfully commanded seen, fact or flctfon.
by the brilliant strategist Matt J ^ ^ r This classic coafVct of good
Trakker and combat the evil of the j^r versus evil IS portrayed wfth a
villainous VENOM In their quest for realism and excitement that can only
domination of the world. No longer need take Its lead from the world's most famous
you stand by and passively observe the evil collection of superheroes and supervlllalns.
deeds of Mayhem and his co-consplrators. There are creations of adventure, there are
Here Is your chance to dig deep Into your a sadons of combat but there b not a creation
and put your skllb to the test against posstt

y^oN./uso

MASK'" AND THE ASSOClATfD TRADE MARK ARE THE CBM64/128 SL Amstrad
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Spectrum 4 8 / 1 2 8 K - £7.99 TAPE


DISCIPLE DISK ZXL PRINT III CENTRONICS - lnte*oce£29.95
INTERFACE RS232 PRINTER INTERFACE
Cable £8.85
YK VAT

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MICRODRIVES & INTERFACE 1
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SPECTRUM 48K SOFTWARE BUSINESS GRAPHICS ACCESSORIES


BUSINESS PACK. £14 9 5 p HISTO-GRAPH. £10 9 5 p RS 232 LEAD £H 50p
This suite of programs includes Sales Day Book. This p r o g r a m will enable you to present figures in MONOCHROME MONITOR LEAD £11 5 0 p
Purchase Day Book o n d Business Bank Account histograms or pie charts Displays 3 years as a 3 1/2 FLOPPY DISCS £2 70p
These programs are being used by over 1000 direct comparison or 5 years to show a trend A CONTINUOUS PAPER £13 OOp
companies to produce VAT a n d annual accounts, unique feature of this program is that all the figures CONTINUOUS LABELS £6 6 5 p
the Purchase e n d Bank Account programs allow c a n b e printed with the histogram A D D 1.30 POST FOR LABELS AND 3.75 PO«T
FOR PAPER
programs
calculate VAT.
UTILITIES
INVOICING. £15.00p
DLAN b y C a r r p b e l l Systems £7 9 5 p
PRINTERS
This program will print out invoices, calculates
discounts a n d VAT The program will calculate Use your Spectrum to sell your products Dion will DOT MATRIX Ex VAT inc VAT
totals from unit prices. Up to 50 accounts with 250 display messages in u p to 11 different typefaces BROTHER Ml 109 £185.OOp £212 75p
outstanding invoices Will scroll text in any direction. CITIZEN 120D £212 91 p £244 8 5 p
EPSON LX800 £215.OOp £247 25p
SALES/PURCHASE LEDGER INVOICING £25.00p TASWIDE by Tasman Software £5.50p
EPSON FX800 £373 91p £429 9 9 p
This program Is for use on microdrive or Opus Disc You c a n use this progra m within your other
only. The program will print a n invoice using a DAISY WHEEL
programs to display 64 columns on screen
built-in price list a n d post the invoice to your BROTHER HR20 £386 9 6 p £445 OOp
customer's account. Will also print price list, MF-PRINT by C o r r p b e l l Systems £6 9 5 p BROTHER HR25XI £604 3 5 p £695.OOp
statements, labels, etc. Enables you to set a print format for your full-size
printer within masterfiie Supplied complete with Delivery of monitors 8i printers .. . £5 75p
masterfile for £19.95.
TRANSEXPRESS by Romantic Robot £9 9 5 p
WORDPROCESSING Micro-drive utility program which will enable you SPECTRUM + 3 128K
to b o c k - u p all your micro-dnve cartridges
TASWORD THREE by Tasman £16 9 0 p
TASCOPY by Tasman Software £9 9 0 p MASTERFILE -f 3 £29.95p
This new version of Tasword is supplied on
microdnve with the following features 128 column This p r o g r a m allows you to produce 3 sizes of U p g r a d e d version of Masterfile with 62K d a t o
print out. tabs p a g e footers, buffered typing screen c o p y using Interface ' files 60 fields p e r file. 254 c h a r a c t e r s per field
p o g e headers full insert mode, buiit mail merge i m p o r t a n d e x p o r t d a t a from 48K Masterfiie
TASPRINT b y Tasman Software £9 9 0 p
TASWORD • 3 £24.95p
Drogri
Use this program with Tosword Three to produce 5
different fonts on a dot matrix printer All the features of Tasword Three but with a
60K d a t a file

SPREAD SHEET DISCIPLE/DISCOVERY S O F T W A R E


OAMIC ALC 2 by Microsphere £14.95p
Spreadsheet p r o g r a m with u p to 5000 cells,
m i c r o d r i v e c o m p a t i b l e Built In HISTOGRAMS,
c o m p a t i b l e with full-size printers. I TRPinSDATP £14 9 5

I OPUS DISCOVERY DISC UTILITY PROGRAM


STOCK CONTROL Transdata Opus Utility £14 9 5 p
STOCK CONTROL £10.9Sp Business Pock £14 9 5 p
Handles 900 lines, including details of supplier Business Pack . £17 9 5 p
Program has full search facilities enabling you to Soles Purchase l e d g e r Invoicing £25.OOp
search a n d update all lines from one supplier Tasword Three £19 5 0 p
Stock Control £13 9 5 p
Omnicaic 2 £21 9 0 p
MICRODRIVE CARTRIDGES £1.75p Masterfiie + MFpnnt £22 9 5 p
BOX • 10 CARTRIDGES £22 4 5 p £14 9 5 p
DATABASE BOX + 20 CARTRIDGES £39.95p
Supertiie
V Notch £12 9 5 p
MASTERFILE by Campbell Systems £14.95p PLEAS! A D D 1.30 P»P O f BOX + Histo-graph £14 9 5 p
This Is one of the best database programs Dian £10 9 5 p
CARTRIDGES ORDERS
a v a i l a b l e for the ZX Spectrum This program has Transexpress £14 95p
many uses In a small business Tascopy £12 9 0 p
SUPAFILE £14 9 5 p All programs supplied 3 1/2 discs
This is a new database program that stores pages
of text 64 columns x 22 rows. The program includes SUPADRIVE
word processing a n d full search facilities. SUPADRIVE £9 95
V-NOTCH. £1295p This p r o g r a m supplied on microdrive DISCS
Index a n d Catalogue System, for collections of allows you to format a cartridge on the
photographs, recpes. books, knitting patterns, spectrum with 100-105K. retrieve 1 0 x 3 1 / 2 " blank discs £27 OOp
stomps, etc Up to 3500 items per file full search corrupted files or print a full catalogue Box to hold 12 discs £5 50p
facilities showing addresses a n d start lines

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Mail order only. 24 West Oak, Beckenham, Kent. BR3 2EZ
Sinclair Surgery
the Emperor should work with
the 128 as well as with the
Spectrum -f. It sounds to me
that either the 128 or the

Spectrum on the blink? Emperor


scanning
has got the
timings
keyboard
slightly

Rupert Goodwins has a cure wrong, something


by replacement.
best cured
If you really are
stuck, then you can use Caps
It m u s t b e t h e c o m p u t e r , a n d Spectrum is a beast which can't shift and 5,6,7 and 8 to produce
a n e x p e r t t o l d m e it w a s work with too many things left, down, up and right cursor
b e c a u s e at o n e p o i n t a j o y s t i c k plugged in at once. / suspect the movements respectively. This is
interface m u s t have shorted former, as the RGB interface also a useful trick for those (and

I w a s w o n d e r i n g if it w a s t w o pins on the edge connector. won't use any of the computer's there are lots, apparently) with
H e s a i d it w o u l d n e e d j u s t o n e digital signals which are prone slightly dodgy +2 keyboards.
possible to use the printer c o m p o n e n t t o be c h a n g e d , b u t to overloading.
from A m s t r a d PCW w i t h m y refuses to tell m e w h a t that
AY-3-8910
A simple cure would be to
Spectrum + c o m p o n e n t is a n d a s k s f o r 35 buy a higher amperage 9 volt

AY-3-8912?
John Pinkney p o u n d s to d o the repair, w h i c h power supply, and wire it up to
Gosforth is t o o m u c h f o r m e . the right sort of plug for your

I
Newcastle U p o n Tyne So. can y o u tell m e w h a t to Spectrum. 3 amps should be have a Micro Power sound
• Yes, but it is staggeringly r e p l a c e a n d w h e r e t o g e t it, a l s o enough, and unless you know
difficult. First: buy a serial h o w t o d o the repair? about polarities / suggest you board w h i c h uses the AY-3-
interface for the PCW. and Ole Blokhus get your local TV repair shop to 8910. W h a t are the differences
another for the Spectrum. Then Porsgrunn do the wiring. If the add-ons are b e t w e e n t h i s c h i p a n d the AY-3-
wire up a lead. Then write a Norway taking too much power from the 8 9 1 2 t h a t t h e S p e c t r u m 128 a n d
transfer program for the # A common problem, caused 5 volt supply which the + 2 uses?
Spectrum that sends the info by the -12 volts on the edge Spectrum produces, the whole If I o u t p u t t h e s a m e v a l u e s t o
you want printed to the connector being shorted to the system will shut down after t h e s a m e p o r t s o n t h e b o a r d as
Amstrad in CP/M format. Put M1 signal next door to it. This about ten minutes in a state of t h e S p e c t r u m 128 d o e s , w i l l I
you off yet? Truth to tell, the signal is used by the Interface extreme hotness. And there is get the same noises?
program and wiring shouldn't One to tell when the Spectrum precious little you can do about Does anyone produce
be too tricky to do, it's really a is looking for it. The short blows that. s o f t w a r e f o r it?
question of whether you want up an otherwise insignificant Fergus Paget
to shell out for two
interfaces. ..
RS232 part of the Z80 chip, which
be replaced.
must
What Synth Erdington
Brum

The Z80 is an extremely for a Spectrum? # The Ay-3-8910


brother
is a big
of the A Y-3-8912 (or the
common component, any local

I have bought a Music 8912 as we jocularly call it in the


spares shop should be able to
trade). All the sound producing
supply it for a couple of pounds.
Machine and I'm interested parts are exactly the same, so if
o w n a 48K S p e c t r u m a n d m y You have to be hot at soldering
in b u y i n g a n e l e c t r o n i c you do as you suggest you
r u b b e r k e y b o a r d is n o t to replace the errant chip, as the
k e y b o a r d to use via the MIDI might very well make the same
w o r k i n g v e r y well. Several of Spectrum circuit board is rather
interface. noises. But beware - the
the keys aren't w o r k i n g , a n d t h e delicate and the tracks are very
C a n I use t h e E c h o M u s i c sounds might be shifted in
r u b b e r is t o r n i n p l a c e s . densely packed together
S y n t h e s i e r ? I've o n l y g o t a 4 8 K pitch, because the Micro Power
I a m thinking of b u y i n g a around the area of the Z80. A
S p e c t r u m , but y o u d i d say that board could hav a different
typewriter style keyboard, a n d better way than unsoldering is
it c o u l d b e u s e d w i t h o u t t h e dock frequency to that used by
was wondering whether I will to cut the pins down both sides
software on this c o m p u t e r . the Spectrum (1.77 MHz).
need to have the o l d o n e of the chip, remove the black
Linz Nobody produces software for
repaired before fitting a n e w plastic body and solder the new
Bath it any more.
one. chip onto the disembodied pins
# You can't use the Echo
Or c a n I j u s t l e a v e t h e o l d o n e
in a n d p l u g i n t h e n e w o n e
of the old. Good luck!
keyboard
Machine.
with the
The cheapest
Music
Midi
Dumping with
alongside? Too much keyboard you can get is from density
Robin T e w Cheetah Marketing - (0222)
Galleywood too soon 777377 - which for under 100
I
w o u l d like t o d o c o p i e s o f
Chelmsford pounds is quite a bargain and

I can't get a Rotronics well worth having. For 250 quid, s c r e e n s o n m y S p e c t r u m * 2.


# As some Spectrums
there's the Casio CZ-101 digital In t h e h a n d b o o k , it s a y s t h a t t h e
(including mine) are going to be
Wafadrive, a Multiface 1 and Midi Synth, which as I've said printer to do this m u s t be Epson
five years old shortly, this is
an RGB interface to w o r k many times before is a mircale Q u a d D e n s i t y Bit M o d e
going to be a common problem.
t o g e t h e r . A n y t w o of t h e a b o v e of the modern age. Graphics Compatible. What
In short, all the current crop of
will quite happily coexist, but does this mean, and w h a t
add-on keyboards fit in place of
the old rubber mat and
w i t h all t h r e e t h e W a f a d r i v e c a n
never a c k n o w l e d g e that a Wafa
My Emperor printers have this feature?
John Macdonald
membrane, which you can
either discard it or pin to your
is p r e s e n t .
Is t h i s d u e t o a v o l t a g e d r o p
is wonky Embury
Lanes
bedroom wall according to

I
because of overloading, and b o u g h t a Saga E m p e r o r # Any printer which claims to
personal weirdness.
can I b u y an extra p o w e r supply have any sort of Epson
t o c o m p e n s a t e ? F a i l i n g t h a t , is k e y b o a r d f o r m y 128, compatability should have the
Shorting out there any recompense available
f r o m the shop w h o sold me the
because y o u said recently that
they w e r e electrically
mode. It just means that the
dots of a picture can be printed
12 volts M u l t i f a c e a n d W a f a d r i v e , as c o m p a t i b l e . But n o n of m y four times denser. The only
they assured m e they w o u l d cursor keys work, so I can't printer I know of which doesn't

A w h i l e a g o m y Interface 1
stopped working. All the
c o m m a n d s that used to run the
work together.
Malcolm Morris
p r o g r a m or go i n t o 48K m o d e .
Have I wasted 40 pounds
have this mode is the
8056, which a certain shop
Serial
sells
West Drayton because of y o u . y o u stinker, or with the Spectrum +2. The
M i c r o d r i v e a n d serial interface Middlesex printers I use. both of which
c a n y o u s o r t it o u t ?
are rejected by t h e c o m p u t e r , # It's either due to a voltage work with the +2, are the Taxan
Murray Brough
w h i c h p u t s a ? at the e n d of drop (due - is the TV picture Kaga PW 1080A (which is
Luton
them. M y interface w o r k s on a wavy at the edges, and does the expensive), and the Amstrad
Bedfordshire
friend's m a c h i n e ; his interface power supply get worryingly DMP 2000 (which isn't, but
# Insults yet. my goodness.
won't work on mine. hot?), or the simple fact that a needs an extra interface)M
According to my information,

73
SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987
Return to an age of mystery and Intrigue, a place hi Which the fabled
treasure of King Solomon shone brightly wKh Its glorious wealth.
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J suddenly strategy games to spy on the area directly
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One of the first releases of messages to you as to what the
what is promising to be a f l o o d country beneath t h e m is up to.
of Star Wars SDI influenced SDI satellites are used in the
games is Armageddon M a n event of a nuclear attack a n d are
from Martech. capable of trapping some of the
Imagine playing the parts of missiles, and preventing t h e m
Reagan, Thatcher, Gadhaffi, from reaching their targets.
Gorbachev. Gandhi and a cast It makes sense therefore, to
of thousands, all at the same place the Big Birds in an area
time. that is likely to cause trouble
Now imagine that y o u have to and needs careful watching,
act for each of those Heads of and to place SDI satellites near
State, with complete either k n o w n missiles bases or
impartiality, making decisions near important targets.
for them, without being biased SDI satellites are o n l y useful
towards one country. Providing in small-scale wars. If the Big FACTS
everyone w i t h enough food, One does break out, there's i Absorbing strategy V
technology and armaments to nothing you can d o to prevent I game. Choose whether I
keep them feeling secure. world-wide destruction. 1 to save the earth or'
Prevent the stronger countries Once the satellites are in ] cause all out war just for 1
from making too many position, y o u ' r e in control.
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And prevent a full scale nuclear screen i n f o r m i n g y o u of w o r l d
war. events. Some are a little dull - ARMAGEDDON M A N
In a nutshell, A r m a g e d d o n China have a cultural exchange L a b e l : Martech
Man gives you your first (and w i t h Libya. Others are pretty Author: )ohn Wilson
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Supreme Commander of the
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to you to maintain peace and do. You choose between
harmony between the sixteen agreeing or disagreeing w i t h
states, and stability w i t h i n g the the action, supporting it,
240 countries w h i c h make up criticising it, or ignoring it.
those states. However, if you choose to
You must maintain a g o o d ignore an event, make sure y o u
working relationship w i t h each have a g o o d reason
state You must promote g o o d for doing
relations between each of the
states themselves. You must
achieve economic stability and
maintain it.
Obviously no easy task. Your
appointment lasts for a year,
regular weekly progress reports Canada
will be given throughout the
course of the game. You begin V.0
with a smart map of the w o r l d , a a r e
full complement of satellites
and spying equipment, and
what is commonly termed an
"on-going situation".
Armageddon M a n works
rather like an icon-driven
adventure. At the start it's up to
you to deploy your satellites in
sensible positions. You have
ACK!! I
so. Forget a b o u t w h a t seemed n contrast. C o n v o y Raider is
to be a m i n o r event, and y o u d o w n to earth w i t h a b u m p .
w o u l d w e l l f i n d yourself being
caught out later on. Despite the fact that y o u
You can also send letters out. don't k n o w Port f r o m
Should you decide to d o so, Starboard, or an Exocet f r o m a
move the cursor over the Out Seawolf, y o u ' v e been g i v e n a
tray, and press Fire. A standard hulking great ship a n d t o l d to
list of letters w i l l flash up. Insert get on w i t h it, scourin g t h e
the country/countrie s n a m e , coastline for e n e m y invaders.
and a complete letter w i l l s h o w From the m a p screen, y o u ' l l
on screen. You can then choose see your ship ( w h i ch bears
whether to send the letter. more than a striking
You'll have to think fast. It's resemblance to a pair of
all real-time and w h i l e y o u ' r e handlebars o n a rubber ring) l l l W I l W
dithering about w o n d e r i n g sailing across the ocean, bits of
whether or not China's request

CONVOY 7
that the A m e r i c a n s give t h e m
ten tonnes of f o o d is reasonable
or not, the Libyans c o u l d be
invading Algeria. (Unlikely, b u '
don't discount the possibility >)
Best t h i n g about the g a m e is
you get a free shiny p o s t e r - m a p
of the w o r l d , a n d a set of re-
usable flags for each of the
States. By using the stickers to
remind yourself w h o likes
w h o m and w h o hates w h o ' s
guts, you have a slightly better
chance of keeping up w i t h
current affairs.
Don't c o u n t o n it t h o u g h .
A r m a g e d d o n M a n is v tricky
and there's a lot of t i m e to get
t h r o u g h b e f o re y o u finish the
through before y o u finish.

RAIDER
After o n ly four weeks as
Supreme Controller, despite
several letters fo c o n f i d e n c e
f r o m the European Unit6, m y
record was described as 'Very
Poor', and m a n y w e r e h o w l i n g
for m y resignation.
At times like these, it feels as
though a r m a g e d d o n is just
a r o u n d t h e co rn e r, and the
t e m p t a t i o n to deliberately b r i n g
it about gets t o o m u c h t o cope land, and a s c a l e d - d o wn
w i t h , a n d naughtiness creeps version of the w h o l e area. Plot
in. Missiles start to fly, and the your course according to the
term Goodnight Saigon comes little map, using the c o m p a s s at
' A sea warfare simulation
in to play. I d e s t r o y e d Australia the top of the screen, select a
that's not full of instruc-
at m y first attempt. N o m o r e suitable speed, and off yer go. tion. Easy to get into and
Fosters f o r us. At this point y o u ' l l either r u n loads to do once you're
1 there
A r m a g e d d o n M a n is a l m o s t straight into a land f o r m a t i o n as
frighteningly absorbing, the screen flips over to t h e next
PROGRAMMER , a l t h o u g h I ' m not sure that I sector, or be indecently 1 C O N V O Y RAIDER
, I O H N WILSON began l i f e as a l\ c o u l d make it t h r o u g h f i f t y - t w o assaulted by a s u b m a r i n e .
Thorn f M I programmer. . m d then Label: G r e m l i n Graphics
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the ultimate in strategy p l a y B damage to your ship. Go to the
repair station, d e s i g n a t e d by a
chevroned flag a n d get fixed. If R«vl»w«r: / f a j * ^ * / * . 'tTkfara
Hxfrum^ you've bfeen sunk, start again
and try not to be such a w a l l y • T
next t i m e around.
Two. If it's indecent assault,
return to the m a i n m e n u and lurks a mean, nasty s u b m a r i n e
launch a helicopter. G e t t i n g t h e s u b m a r i n e is a
Yoh, ho, ho and a bottle of matter of letting off a f e w choice
rum. A helicopter. The best d e p t h charges a n d w a t c h i n g
thing to destroy a sub is a bits of metal float a w a y . But it's
chopper. (The best t h i n g to i m p o r t a n t t o let o f f the charge at
damage a boat is an Exocet. and the right m o m e n t . Because the
the best thing in the case of section is in 3D y o u have to be
aircraft is the Seawolf, m o r e directly over the s u b m a r i n e , as
later). w e l l as in line w i t h it. There's a
Enter helicopter mode. (Press d e p t h g a u g e r u n n i n g u p the
Fire). The screen changes to a side of t h e sector, a n d you have
sort of transparent, 3D no control over it. It's vital that
s w i m m i n g pool. A b o v e the y o u let off the charge w h e n the
surface hovers a little, innocent g a u g e is at t h e s a m e height as
helicopter. Be l o w the surface t h e sub, because that's w h e n it
S T R A T E G Y IS B A C K ! !
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lucky, y o u ' l l kill everything
immediately. If you're as
c o m p e t e n t at e m p l o y i n g
missiles as I am, then y o u ' l l
have to have a f e w goes before
y o u work out h o w to use the
d a m n thing.

l l l W I l W Convoy Raider is all


controlled by a series of screens
will explode. An explosion w i l l selected f r o m a Main Menu. The
reward y o u w i t h a lot of pretty
flashing lights and the PROGRAMMER
73 disintegration of the enemy. I O H N JARVIS w r o t e C o n v o y Raid-
er as his first g a m e p r o g r a m t o b e
Taking out airplanes and p u b l i s h e d c o m m e r c i a l l y . H e has
ships works o n the same m e n u shows three radars, one f i r i n g distance, a w a r n i n g
previously w o r k e d p r o d u c i n g a
principle, picking the right n u m b e r of e d u c a t i o n a l s o f t w a r e each for aircraft, ship and ALERT sign w i l l flash by the
weapon and f o l l o w i n g the packages submarine groups. A n d w h e n appropriate radar to let y o u
detailed instructions. If you're an e n e m y vessell comes w i t h i n know.
Aside f r o m the rather
questionable Sun 'Gotcha'
t h i n k i n g behind it Convoy
Raider is really quite impressive
game. A l t h o u g h the graphics of
the ship and your enemies are
small and totally
unrecognisable for what they
are (see above description of
ship) there's e n o u gh of t h e m to
make the g a m e attractive to
look at.
Unlike some simulations, it
doesn't c o m e chock-a-block
w i t h detailed instructions about
h o w to fasten y o u r seatbelt.
You can plug yourself in and get
straight o n w i t h the game. You
learn as y o u g o and you don't
need a degree in nuclear
physics to w o r k out what the
hell's g o i n g o n B

usual s t r a t e g y g a m e g ra p h i cs . N i c e

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showing Intelligence Information.

CONFLICT
STRUGGLE!
N o w a chance t o r e - w r i t e h i s t o r y .

PREVIEW
Ian Bird { w h o w a s t h e c o - a u t h o r
of PSS's Theatre Europe] has w r i t t e n
W ell, w h e n y o u ' v e b a t t l e d y o u r
w a y past u n t o l d aliens a n d
w a n d e r e d o v e r countless b a r r e n
Guadal Canal f o r A c t i v i s i o n .
fields a n d s t o r m e d m o r e castles t h a n
It b based o n t h e W o r l d W a r U
y o u care t o r e m e m b e r , y o u ' r e b o u n d
battle b e t w e e n t h e Americans a n d
t o begin l o o k i n g a r o u n d for a n e w
t h e Japanese. A g a i n , a n I c o r v d r i v e n
challenge.
strategy g a m e , Cuadal Canal comes
w i t h a booklet detailing the history A n d w h a t better challenge than
are I n t e n d e d t o o p e r a t e , t h e y o u w a n t , a n d t h e n choose w h e n t o
of t h e b a t t l e Itself, a n d f u l l that of empire b u i l d i n g a n d t o t a l
principles I n v o l v e d , a n d t h e sort o f d e p l o y t h e m . It 's u p t o y o u t o p r o t e c t
Instructions as t o h o w t o p l a y . By world domination?
a tta ck w h i c h t h e system c o u l d b e the American mainland from a
e m p l o y i n g air, l a n d a n d sea forces, If y o u f a n c y t a k i n g o n a series o f
expected t o defeat. possible Soviet a t t a c k .
you play to gain control of the political p o w e r s a n d m i l i t a r y
I n t h e g a m e y o u h a v e t o set u p a So f a r A c t i v i s i o n has o n l y g o t t h e
Island. You can choos e w h i c h side t o dictatorships a n d t r y i n g t o t a k e over
c o m p r e h e n s i v e d e f e n c e system, graphics d o w n o n A m s t r a d , b u t w h a t
play, A m e r i c a n or J a p a n e s e , a n d It's e v e r y last o n e . Power Struggle from
choose w h i c h p a r t i c u l a r w e a p o n s w e c a n see l o o k s a cut a b o v e t h e
up t o y o u w h e t h e r t h e course o f PSS Is g o i n g t o a p p e a l .
history Is c h a n g e d o r n o t . ,. . ... . A ; . - - ^ . PSS c e r t a i n l y k n o w s w h a t It's

STAR WARS
doing on the wargame/strategy
f r o n t . It's b e e n t u r n i n g o u t some

FRONTIER
g o o d s t r a t e g y t i t l e s l i k e Theatre
Europe f o r y e a r s a n d Power Struggle
promises a t least as much.
T he Strategic D e f e n c e I n i t i a t i v e Is
Regan's c o n t r o v e r s i a l A m e r i c a n
defence system, m o r e c o m m o n l y
It plays I n e i t h e r o n e - or t w o -
player mo d e. In one-player y o u get
k n o w n as Star Wars. High Frontier Is to building up your empire w h i l e
the n e w strategy game f r o m d e a l i n g w i t h obstacles t h e c o m p u t e r
ActMrion, giving you the t h r o w s at you . In T w o - p l a y e r m o d e ,
o p p o r t u n i t y t o c o n t r o l Star W a r s f o r not only w i l l y o u have t o deal w i t h
yourself. computer-moderated problems, but
your o p p o n e n t w i l l be t r y i n g t o take
High Frontier, s h o u l d please b o t h
over t h e w o r l d t o o .
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74
slay the thing? W e a p o n s problem.
don't seem t o be m u c h u s e . " Over in the sewers are the
Put s i m p l y y o u ' v e got t o get rats, p r o b a b l y also a perfect
the t w i n - h e a d e d h o r r o r to e x a m p l e of M o t h e r Nature's
kill one of its o w n heads. 6, creation . T h e y ' r e also g o i n g
12 at it and the heads w i l l to be pretty useful later o n in
start fighting. One w i l l die the g a m e w h e n y o u ' r e being

HELPLINE
and y o u can t h en lop the threatened with imminent
other off w i t h a suitable e x t i n c t i o n in the Pit a n d Pen-
weapon as y o u g o i n t o the d u l u m section. Yes, y o u use
pit. The 12 is f o u n d in the the f l u t e to get t h e m to fol-
witch's cottage in the forest. l o w y o u but don't feed t h e m
Don't stay there t o o l o n g or u n t i l y o u are about to be
you'll be t u r n e d i n to a w o r m . s a w n asunder by the m a d

C
m o n k . Use the cheese b e f o r e
oupla m o o n s a g o Rod resurrected in v a r i o u s f o r m s One last p o i n t - m a p this
t h e n and it's s a l a m i t i m e for
Albright asked h o w t o - meself I play it o n a PCW game very carefully as it can
u n w i s e adventurers.
get Sara t o a n s w e r t h e these days (obese traito r - get ultra-complicated at
phone in Ed). A l m a Catton of Elles- times. W i t h o u t a decent m a p Fawkes hides a barrel
mere Port sends m e a plea y o u w o n ' t s t a n d a cat's w h i c h can be m a d e int o a
along these lines. " I ' m at the chance. b o m b w h e n y o u need t o
castle. I just g o r o u n d and shift a pile of m a s o n r y o u t of
Thanks to Jeff S a n s u m of round and can't get t h e y o u r way . T o f i n d the barrel
Rugby for tips. If Rod's stuck d r a w b r i d g e d o w n . A l s o can just say 2, 7. A fuse w i l l
at the beginnin g he needs to you help w i t h the H o b b i t ? c o m e in h a n d y too , so keep
a resurfaced o l d i e t h a t 's still
answer the p h o n e h i m s e l f . I've been going round y o u r eyes o p e n for s o m e
b u g g i n g J o h n Dochert y of
Sara - his w i f e - w i l l t h en second-hand s h o p s l o o k i n g suitable r o p e .
Greenock. Sickly g r o v e l l i n g ,
come and take it. W h i l e she's for old copies of Kill to f i n d Finally. Barry Currant of St
he w a n t s t o k n o w , a l o n g
talking, search the house some advice." Never fear A l b a n s w o u l d like to k n o w
w i t h a b o u t f o r t y o t h er ques-
thoroughly and get every- Alma • I'll run s o m e of t h e h o w t o light the dark t u n n e l
t i o n s that I w o n ' t a n s w e r :
thing that looks r e m o t e l y most useful tips for the Hob- u p after he's e n t e r e d t h e g r i d
" H o w d o I kill the shark?
useful, especially the che- bit next m o n t h . Y o u ' r e not in the w a s h r o o m . In the lei-
W h a t use are the rats? I
que, the gun and bullets, the o n l y one w h o ' s just sure area lurks a slot m a c h i -
k n o w y o u can feed t h e m the
pills and keys. bought it and can't get past ne. Inserting a c o i n i n t o it
cheese a n d make t h e m fol-
Once y o u ' v e f o u n d out ab- the trolls or out of that l o w y o u w i t h the flute. What s h o u l d deliver a f l a s h l i g h t as
out the stolen child, get i n t o d u n g e o n l Your p r o b l e m in is Guy Fawkes hiding? H o w prize.
the car and g o to the bank to Blackstar is pretty w e l l the do y o u make h i m reveal it On w i t h A n i t a S i n c l a i r ' s epic
cash the cheque. Before y o u first y o u ' l l encounter . The and what use is it?" effort.
go a n y w h e r e else make sure solution lies in the b o w and
you fill u p the car at the
petrol station. The only place
arrows w h i c h y o u ' l l f i n d if
you explore a r o u n d the
J a w s IV can be f o u n d in
the Undersea W o r l d section The Pawn
you can do this is near h o m e walls of the castle. Collect - I suppos e that's pretty ob- A a n d a w e a l t h of i n f o r m a t i o n
so be extra careful not to run t h e m and 5. 10 at the d r a w - v i o u s - and, like all Great f r o m D a r r e n M i l l e r of New-
out of petrol elsewhere. Ev- bridge location. T o enter the W h i t e s is an e v o l u t i o n a r y t o w n a r d s . N Ireland, w h o
ery time y o u get t o w e d back castle f r o m this p o i n t y o u perfect creature. So d o n ' t kill A has sent m e a full and enor-
you'll lose m o n e y - at least must 9,4 - this gets y o u u p it I There's no need to be- * mously lengthy solution.
£15. To get the tapes, b u y o n to the w a l l w a l k and starts cause. as far as I k n o w , y o u H o n o u r a b l e m e n t i o n , me-
Peter a few d r i n k s . " the main game. o n l y have t o s w i m t h r o u g h dais etc, also g o to A n d r e w
the tank to reach the airlock  R o w a n of M a n s f i e l d w h o has
o n the other side. If y o u dally
Castle Blackstar Marathon M a n G o u l d of
Crawley has f o u n d the Hydra to a d m i r e its e v o l u t i o n a r y
p r o d u c e d a partial answer.
Space a n d Kelly a l l o w i n g I'll
^ is another g a m e t h a t 's been Pit but says " H o w in hell d o I perfect c h o p p e r s, that's y o u r  serialise the s o l u t i o n . Here-

SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987 79


Take the chest. E. E. E, unlock the
shed door with the key, open it
and drop the key, move the mat,
take the wooden key. SW, get
the hoe, rake and trowel, NE.
remove your shirt, tie the rake to
the hoe using the shirt, W. W, W. MAP 1 - KNOWLEDGE
W. W. W. S, E, U. then unlock the
door with the wooden key. Open
it and drop the key. D, N, N, N, E.
E, N, W. lever the boulder with isciirvx KKAKCO
the rake. S. W. W, N, untie the
shirt, cover the wristband with
the shirt, enter the hut (you'll be -{*£!> MIST)
given a bowl), leave and go S, E.
E. E. E. NW. NW, NW, remove 0 osrutx
the shirt from the wristband, Mtf^tV

GORDO'S
wear the shirt, climb the rocks,
U. U, put the snow into the bowl,
D. D, D. D. S. W. W. N. enter the
MAP 2 - WISDOM

HELPLINE
hut, give the bowl to the Guru,
leave. S. S, S, examine the
stump, take the pouch, open it D&mt'
and look into it, mix the colours
and drop the pouch. E, E. E, E. E.
OAS uw* y,/c tcOiD MO*t
w i t h the first section. U>*KA TWMUlZj
! U'cicac* UJD CAVCJtV
E, E, give the note to the guards, o.&U, CrAS tau.
Examine your pockets and take
the metal key. E. say 'hello' to W. W. W, W. E. E. E. E. give the
Kronos, accept the note he gives chest to the adventurers, W. W, A 'C4VMM
you. then ask him about the W. W. W, W. S, E. E. W. W. U. E. PtAXL
wristband - don't open the note. close the door, lift the planks, D.
swm
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THE QUICKIES
MCA&CP

reversal of the o l d p r o b l e m
mTHE ^ H
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_M_ _: Keith Moseley
^ h e o n o i n a l Adventure. MAP 3 " VNDEKSTAUDihiti
of Leicester must have mis-
sed the full solutio n recently. E S S S H E S B "I've scared
PASIAC* KOtwwm
" I ' v e been t o all locations t h e G r e m l i n s i n t o t h e air (OA**)
but can't f i n d a w a y off the vent w i t h the c a m e r a , " says
first level. In o n e place Justin Wilkins of Bellville
there's a sign s a y i n g 'exca- RSA " P r o b l e m is I can't f i n d iAlt.
WAITE
vate' but I've n o t h i n g to d i g the plate to seal the vents LMO
IMUtuurr
w i t h . " The shovel's in a hut W h e r e are they?" After col
s o u t h o f the village but y o u ' l l lecting the w e l d i n g gear
need a key to enter. Cut the f r o m t h e service pit. head PATH fVUH
rope off the tree at the pla- up, t h en N. W, N M a k i n g
teau w i t h y o u r knife and g o sure it's on, insert the flash- • ooesr
light. N o w get the w e l d i n g oonur
to the
to me w e l l at
wen m the oasis. 1, 8 MArrtv rr mask MIAO
sn l(
look. gear in action and 20, 17
and 1 1 . 8 . then
This s h o u l d get y o u what
PaHiHimm Steve
voi^ieec^^^
D. W. SW. open the door, W, take
the hat and wear it. Kobyashi. Congratulations
Ceighley again
Keiqmey again. ' W h e n I re-
Q ^ Q Q i J j Q f l W i t h informa- f r o m Clive, Les and all at
move the pile of rubble at W i t h that c l i f f h a n g e r , w e
tion s u p p l i e d by Ryan Red- M a s t e r t r o n i c . ' Pretty r o m a n -
the filling station w i t h m y leave The P a w n for this
m a n of G w e n t . w e can h e l p tiv e n d i n g , eh?
pick I get killed Can I r e m o v e m o n t h . If y o u w a n t t h e rest,
S T a t u m of Cheshunt w h o A fair heap o f s o l u t i o n s for
the rubble or s h o u l d I t r y keep b u y i n g the m a g ! ! !
asks " W h a t d o y o u d o in t h e various adventures a r r i v e d
s o m e t h i n g else? A l s o can I Last m o n t h I gave y o u the
Eiffel T o w e r ? " After taking this m o n t h a n d w e ' l l start
m o v e the elephant off the solution to Part O n e o f
the t a x i a n d a r r i v i n g at the with
ramp - it w o n ' t b u d g e . " En-
T o w e r , first o p e n the gate.
ter the kiosk at the filling
Then 14 and 21. 16. These Kobyashi Naru Grange Hill
station and get the screw
driver - essential later T h e n t w o instructions need to be • N o w . f r o m Mark Stead of • sent in by Ian O'Connor - from
9, 3 the r u b b l e a n d take the repeated until y o u float L e o m i n s t e r , c o m e s the m a p where, alas, I know not Here
beam, w h i c h y o u can use for away - not d o w n . Keep your of all three parts a l o n g w i t h goes: R, R, D, L, U. Take the
bracing a collapsing stair- eyes peeled, m y little fish- the w a y t h r o u g h the other book, D. L. use the book. Say
'stand on book' to get the plane.
case. Elephant? Give h i m the cakes - I'll r u n the s o l u t i o n
or part of it next m o n t h .
• t w o p r o v i d e d b y S h a ne Grif-
R. R. R Say 'no' and take the
buns, look and 19,13. That's fi n of Co. Cork. Thanks both, chair leg Now L. U. L. L. climb
mmmmmmmm
hanks Red I • here g o e s : the telephone box. R, R. D, L. Get
Q Q 2 2 2 3 B C h r i s Naish, Car- WISDOM: Activate the solance. the fishing rod R, U. L. L, D. R. R.
2 J E S S Z E B 1 Steve Dalton,
W o l v e r h a m p t o n , w a n t s to
d i r f ^ S K s T i n part one h o w
can I s t o p the Neanderthals
• pull it, N, analyse the tunnel,
ascend the cliff, dive into the
D, R, R, use the fishing rod. say
get bone', L. L. U. L, L, climb the
know h o w to get out of the killing me? A n d h o w can I kill pool, swim to the centre, swim telephone box. R. R, D. give the
locker. After e n t e r i n g y o u the w o l f in the A r t h u r i a n Klam and use the solance. Now
should dissolve the pill in get the pearl, swim water and
section - I've tried taking the
the beaker and the n drink ascend klam. Descend the cliff
dagger f r o m under it but it and go S, E.
y o u r medicine. N o w t w i d d l e just attacks." The Neander-
the hook - that's the right UNDERSTANDING: Analyse
thal's K o n g Ka, Bon g Ka' mega-unit and activate it, get the
w o r d and y o u ' l l be t o l d so if means, s i m p l y , Friend or lasalite, S, E, jump pit. E, activate
y o u ' v e taken the pill in t h e Foe, in that order. S o a n s w e r the laslalite and then drop it, get
right way. Fire the g u n in the ' K o n g Ka' and y o u ' l l be wel- the wheel, pick up the lasalite
locker r o o m - after l o a d i n g c o m e at the village b e y o n d. again, w, throw the wheel into
it, o f course. The g u n ' s in t h e
east end of the captain's
In S m i g ' s hut offer y o u r • the pit, jump on the hoverdroid,
analyse the perch, go W and
necklace to get a useful pot.
r a b i n 18. 15 to find a bullet. analyse the passage. Now acti-
BORED OF THE RINGS:
Chez Kogo, try s w a p p i n g the
ruby for a ladder As to the
• vate the lasalite and use it, E,
activate the computer. S, S, get
Stuart Payton. Newdigate. w o l f , s o u t h of t h e d e n is a the wheel, W, W. jump the pit,
can't find any m o n e y to pay stone, at the crossroads. • W, N,N.
for the pixie's map in the Take t h e stone, g o n o r t h a n d When you've completed
M o r o n a Cave Complex. You
get y o u r coin by inserting
d r o p it. One dead w o l f - • the three tests the f o l l o w i n g
keep the carcass and give it m e s s a g e is s h o w n : 'You
the battery into the vendin g to s o m e o n e appreciative have overcome the
m a c h i n e in t h e m a i n hall - a

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UNDERSEA AREA (FROM
BEACH): N.N. N W , C l i m b i n t o • The Cassette Cretin (sic) Claymorgue. He's comple-
boat. D. Take aqualung . N. N, N. of 32 Swanston View, Edin- ted Mafia Contract II, Heroe«
SE. U. SE. D. N. E. Fill a q u a l u n g . burgh EH10 7DQ begs any- of Karn and Vera Cruz plus
W. S. NW. Take pearl. N W . N. N. one and everyone to tell h i m w i l l assist w i t h Robin of
N. Off lamp. N. N, L i g ht l a m p . h o w to find M o o n h e n g e in Sherwood. H.O.T.M. and
Take g l o w i n g m e t a l object. Lords of M i d n i g h t or any tips Hunchback
Transport g l o w i n g m e t a l o b j e c t . for ail of Eureka! or, breath- • J o h n Docherty, previous-
Transport pearl, E, Take dub -
lessly, for help w i t h The Pen ly mentione d of 38. Grosve-
loons, Transport d u b l o o n s , E, E,
U, Wait, Wait, E. N. N. (Give and the Dark. In return he's nor Road Greenock, Ren-
newspaper (he gives y o u spray). got solutions for Seabase frewshire PE15 2DR w o u l d
Take r e m o t e c o n t r o l , S, S, W , D. Delta and Planet of Death. love to answer an infinite
W. W. Off lamp. S. S. Light lamp . • Anyone needing solu- amount of questions on a
S, S, S, S. S, S. U, S. S. Drop tions to Hulk, Sherlock, Col- total of 26 games, including
aqualung, S. (back t o time Hulk, Knight Tyme, Finders
our of Magic, Tir na N o g or
machine w i t h r e m o t e c o n t r o l
Vera Cruz can send 30p plus Keepers, various Arties, etc.
and pyrites). Push b u t t o n . Give
pyrites. W. E. E. S. U. T r a n s p o r t the usual sae to T i m Warren. etc. Also, unlike some
piece, (back in t i m e machine).. 17 Bowyer Drive, Cip m o n e y grabbers there's no
FUTURIST AREA (FROM ANTI- penham. Slough, Berks. S l l charge or hidden extras and
ROOM): E. take Geiger c o u n t e r . 5EB no holiday for t w o in Milton
bone t o Rolf, R, take the teeth. R, W. N. Push plate u n t i l y o u
• If you fancy a Yugoslav Keynes. All he asks is a
take the glass eye. Use t h e pap- emerge in Roman arena (ie chalk stamp to return the answers
hollow), NE. E. M o v e churns.
contact. Naris Nukic. Koste
er plane t o get t h e matches,
Abrasevica 12.71000 Sara- - ask h i m for a list if y o u like.
climb the fence. R. d r o p h i sto r y See you next m o o n . Thank
jevo needs help w i t h Mind-
book, drop the fishing rod. take
the dead cat. L. L. give it t o
GREATBELLY'S THINGY stone and Sorcerer of y o u and g o o d night
Imelda. L. L. get the candle. R. R. 1: TIE 2: MOVE 3:
R. R. j u m p stone. R. c l i m b up t h e
pole, j u m p o n t o the w a l l , R, R.
OVER 4: PORTCULLIS Take rings. Transport ring. W , Take Roman. Take Cretan.
W, Examine s t r a w . Take b a t t e r , Transport Roman, Transport
D. R. use the chairleg t o break 5: FIRE 6: THROW 7: E, S, S, (Back t o t i m e machine). Cretan. NW. N W . N. N, (back t o
the padlock, d r o p the chair leg.
R, use matches t o ligh t the can-
GUY 8: ROPE 9: CLIMB Press plate (from anti-room) , E. t i m e machine)
Drop Geiger counter. E. SW, SE, ROMAN AREA (FROM CHALK
dle. R. D. R. R. U. R. U. U. U. L. 10: ARROW 11: USE SE. Spray paint. 8875. S. Take HOLLOW): N. N. N, N. N. N, N.
Say give me the key'. U. you
automatically take the w a l k -
12: GINGERBREAD 13: device. Transport device. N. N W , Take s w o r d . Take shield. S m o k e
S, S, S, Take ingot. T r a n s p o rt cigar. Transport laurels, S. S. S,
man. D, R. U, R. R. D. D. D. L. D, L. RAMP 14: UP 15: ingot. N. N. N. NW. W. W. N. E. W. W. N. NE. Kill m i n o t a u r . Skin
L. D. L. L. L. j u m p o n t o the w a l l -
but d o n ' t go L because G r i f f i t h s
HOLSTER 16: BALLOON Insert battery. W . S. E, E. Touch
plate. S. Press 3. Press 1. Press 2.
minotaur. Take piece of machi-
ne. Transport piece A n d t h a t ' s
w i l l catch you. L. L. D. L. L. L. 17: BOX 18: EXAMINE Press 2, Press 4, Press 1, N. W . HI
climb the fence, L. L. j u m p o n t o
19: TAKE 20: CUT 21: Touch plate. S. S. S. Touch plate.
the wall. L, L, D. L.
And t h a t ' s it y o u ' v e f i n i s h e d ENTER
N. Take orb. Transport orb, N W .
NW, Take cigar, N W . N W ,
GORDO
Now, following on f r o m last ALSO: R= Right, L = Perseverance. N. Take unit.
Transport u n i t . S. SE. SE. SE, S.
GREATBELLY
month's column, here's the Left, 0 = Down, U = Touch plate. N. N. N. E. SE. NE, Star material if ever
solution to Part 2 of NW, NE, N W , W. W. S. SE. SE.
Up. there was
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peoples of the galactic
empire have to put all their trust
in me to save them.
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tell you. The invading evil
hoards had completely wiped
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times before I even figured out
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Mission, let alone put up a
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fire small, easy-to-miss bullets . ^ . i ̶ r
at you and gigantic aliens which
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ADVENTURE
T
h e easiest way o f a d d i n g
c o m m a n d s l o T h e Quill is
to take o v e r a n o t h e r
c o m m a n d ( ' I n v a s i o n Of T h e
Body S n a t c h e r s all o v e r a g a i n
level is n o w 12. T h e a r a c h n o i d s
. . . ) and t h e n g l a n c e o v e r t o a
Ls 9 . . . "
(lag value.
J u s t try d o i n g that w i t h o u t
Sound difficult? No p r o b l e m !
this c o m m a n d . E a g e r t o try out

D
o you have t h e Quill to win? Roy Stead d o c s and, follown g Surely dial s h o u l d b e e n o u g h the a c t i o n , h u h ? T h e n t y p e
h i s P A W - p i e c e last m o n t h , h e r e is a l l y o u n e e d t o k n o w t o to be getting a l o n g widi. Table I into y o u r n e a r e s t
add y o u r o w n c o m m a n d s t o G i l l s o f t ' s e a r l i e r a d v e n t u r e Here's an e x a m p l e o f a Hcxloadcr . . .
T h e Q u g | . \( • fi , i j- --M & - :.J r o u t i n e to print o u t t h e v a l u e o f ...Or. for t h o s e o f y o u w h o
any flag d i e n p r i n t a c h a r a c t e r . don't want to m u c k a b o u t , just
At address 2 6 6 4 1 in Patch is a (if t h e r e is o n e ) , IX h o l d s t h e
Doesn't s o u n d t o o u s e f u l , e h ? type in this p r o g r a m a n d it'll
h a n d y litde table c o n s i s t i n g o f address o f flag z e r o ( = 2 3 2 9 6 )
Imagine t h e s c e n e in a DAD- Load in y o u r Patched g a m e , p u t
37 pairs o f n u m b e r s , e a c h a and HI. h o l d s t h e s u m e o f t h e
style g a m e . . . the r o u t i n e in m e m o r y a n d
WORD a d d r e s s p o i n t i n g t o t h e two (That is, t h e c o n t e n t o f HL
is t h e value o f d i e flag w h o s e "...You r o u n d t h e c o r n e r a n d start t h e a d v e n t u r e f o r y o u :
start o f a c o m m a n d r o u t i n e ,
a r e c o n f r o n t e d by a h u g e 10 CLEAR 2 4 6 6 2 : LOAD"' CODE:
( t h e addresses r e f e r t o Invert, n u m b e r is die first p a r a m e t e r ) .
Arachnoid with r a / . o r - s h a r p LOAD" CODE; RESTORE
Desc, Quit. End. Done, OK. DE h o l d s 2 3 3 3 3 + A c c u m u l a t o r ,
teeth. Skill Level 6 a n d P o w e r 20 FOR x = 2 6 6 0 1 TO 2 6 6 1 5 :
Anykcy, Save. Load. Turns, which m e a n s that d i e c o n t e n t s
Level 12. Attack A r a c h n o i d . Y o u READ a: POKE x, a: NEXT x
Score, GLS, Dropall. Autog, o f DE, ( D E ) , is t h e l o c a t i o n o f
swipe at it a n d y o u r s w o r d bites 3 0 RANDOMIZE HSR 2 5 0 0 0
Autod. Autow, Autor, Pause, the obfcct w h o s e n u m b e r is t h e
into it's c h i t i n o u s b o d y , b u t d i e 4 0 DATA 197, 126, 7 9 , 6 0 , 2 0 5 ,
Paper, Ink. Border. Goto. first p a r a m e t e r . To o b t a i n t h e
a r a c h n o i d ' s flailing l i m b s c u t 27, 26, 1 9 3 , 3, 10, 2 1 5 , 1 9 5 , 2 0 4 ,
Message, Remove. Get, Drop, value o f a n y s e c o n d p a r a m e t e r ,
Inc Be t h e n Ld. A ( B C ) . Y o u c a n your shoulder. Y o u r power 103B
Wear. Destroy, Create. Swap.
Place. Set. Clear, Plus. Minus, d o a n y t h i n g y o u like in t h e TABLE I
Let a n d Beep in that o r d e r ) . r o u t i n e - but do not corrupt BC - P r e s e r v e p o i n t e r to d a t a b a s e
26601 PUSH B C
C h a n g e o n e o f t h e s e start
or I X - a n d finish widi a J P !.1> A. ( H I . ) - P u t v a l u e o f r e q . flag in a c c u m u l a t o r
26602
2 6 5 7 2 ' i n s t r u c U o n to r e t u r n
addresses ( o r t h e c o d e at t h e 26603 LD, C. A - A n d p u t t h i s , in
control to die " P a t c h " p r o p e r .
a d d r e s s ) a n d t h e c o m m a n d will 2660-4 IJ>, B . 0 - t u r n , in BC r e g i s t e r p a i r
do whatever y o u w a n t ! ( I f y o u T h e player's c u r r e n t l o c a t i o n 26606 CALL 6 6 8 3 d - PRINT this n u m b e r
want a n e w c o n d i t i o n , t h e r e ' s a is held in t h e t w o - b y t e Word at 26609 POP BC - R e s t o r e p o i n t e r , m o v e it o n a n d p u t
similar l o o k - u p table at 2 5 8 4 0 - 2 3 3 3 1 a n d t h e table o f start n e x p a r a m e t e r in a c c u m u l a t o r
with t h e o r d e r o f t h e addresses o f Patch r o u t i n e s is at 26610 INC BC;
c o n d i t i o n s as in t h e b a c k o f t h e 2 4 9 5 6 . To p r i n t a s y s t e m 26611 LT> A. ( B C )
Quill m a n u a l ) . message, put d i e n u m b e r in t h e 26612 RSI 10H - P r i n t t h i s a s a c h a r a c t e r ( e . g . 3 2 Ls
On entry- t o y o u r r o u t i n e , t h e HL register pair a n d Call 2 6 8 4 7 . SPACE, e t c )
accumulator holds the value o f To print a " m e s s a g e text", d o t h e 26615 JP 265724 - C o n t i n u e with n e x t ' Q u i l l '
the first c o m m a n d p a r a m e t e r s a m e - e x c e p t u s e Call 2 6 8 6 8 . command.

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S I N C L A I R U S E R S E P T E M B E R 1987 87
W
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How SU
e k n o w y o u ' r e w o n d e r i n g . H o w can a mere five
people put together such an awesome magazine
in a mere month?
Is it done w i t h some k i n d of t o p secret technolog y -
direct brain-to-computer copy input perhaps? Do w e

... A True St
all w o r k on batteries, perhaps, y o u may t h i n k , w e
don't actually exist a n d t h e entire magazine is put
together by YOP people?
A t last in response t o literally zillions of requests
| /% ^ H a v i n g t h r o w n
(well not literally zillions - If It really was zillions
I U « i J t h e post all o v e r
that'd be even more readers t h a n there are people o n the floor the team have at last
the planet), w e finally give y o u the answer t o t h e found t h e s o f t w a r e p a c k a g e
question: What o n earth is g o i n g on? they w e r e all l o o k i n g for. I n t o
the computer It gets loaded.

9 ^ Q T h e B « j offices are W o h l Check out those sprites,


a fc # e m p t y except for t h e look at t h a t scrolllngl Must be
nu*oe»f
hysterical b l e e p i ng of t h e coffee time
c o n t a i n hoUSes
computers (somebody f o r g o t t o
turn them off)

Jim Douglas arrives,


a 3 V / T a k e s of f m o o d y
sunglasses - puts umbrella a w a y .
hAmazing realistic
Moodily grabs p h o n e w h i c h Is
Graphics. Revoutlon-
ringing. It is a s o f t w a r e house
- j in every way and
explaining t h a t Its game Is n o t
never to be surpasst ~
ready y e t
(well, not until our
next game, anywayy\
i n n n E v e r y b o d y else
I \Jm\J\Jhas arrived
• Here we see the truly
4 f \ coffees d r u n k expert 02 Review Team
I U.UJCT IS r e a d y t o engrossed in a critical
rock 'n' roll. There Is a l o u d appraisal of the latest
w h o o p from t h e e n t i r e staff as bowls simulation from
David Kelly commands " O K guys Snoozesoft. Reviews are
it's s h o w t i m e l " Tamara H o w a r d the most Important part
kicks David under t h e tabl e - of the magazine, and If
she Is n o t a guy there weren 't any. we 'd
have to fill up the space
1 / \ ^ / V h e P o s t - Usually with adverts or some-
I \J a 3 V a mad rush t o t h e thing ...
dark and clammy EMAP
basement w h e r e t h e post -
bulky parcels c o n t a i n i n g
astonishingly e x c i t i n g n e w
A James the man' Douglas 1 1
I •
A C By this p o i n t t h e
J telephones are
humming w i t h s o f t w a r e houses
keeping British Telecom
games sent b y eager s o f t w a r e afloat. Jim tactfully suggests p u t t i n g back t h e release dates
houses - Is stored that now is not a good time of softwar e u n t i l t h e o n l y game
^ g / e ^ f e protect currently available t o put in t h e
for him to make the coffee
r una magazine Is a b u d g e t t i t l e called
Petulent Pedro. " C o u l d w e
Big package (probably for make It a double page colour
I B M S y s t e m User magazine spread?" w o n d e r s David. Jim
or something equally rings up five h u n d r e d p e o p l e
simultaneously. Four h u n d r e d
and n i n e t y seven of t h e m are In
e*c/t/ a meeting
nt g

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I, my name's D e n l * A h m e t a n d for the past seven days I've been
w o r k i n g In t h e H ' l offices |Full t i m e I) as p a r t of my w o r k
experience.
So Mr Graham Iclqar I Taylor t h o u g h t It m i g h t be a g o o d Idea If I w r o t e
about a typical d a y at p H
"You ve got t o be J o k i n g ! was m y Instant reply.
Do I ever Joke?" said Graham.
U/ell. before I k n e w It the w h o l e P ) t e a m h a d surrounded me a n d
started cracking their silly Jokes I This was Just t o o much for a mere m o r t a l
like myself so up w e n t t h e w h i t e flag.
Work starts at 9.30 am. A f t e r everyone's come In a n d h a d their cups of
coffee It's g e t - o n - d o w n - t o - w o r k - t l m e l Most of t h e time Is spent o n the
phone t o so ftw a re houses l l i ' | must g e t some serious phone-bills). N o w
and again y o u hear t h e o d d y e l l of frustratio n f r o m Gareth as he discovers
he's expected t o m a k e a n o t h e r page look Interesting w i t h o u t any
pictures. Every other t i m e It's Tamara shouting a b o u t this a n d t h a t , a n d
driving everybody nuts In t h e process I A r o u n d 10.45 a m Mr Jim does a
record-breaking sprint downstairs t o g e t t h e m o r n i n g post.
More games. Ylpee. more reviews.
Here we see Tamara the A n y piece of w r i t t e n w o r k Is h a n d e d over the t h e Ed - o o e r l Mr Ed I
newest member of the team think gets great pleasure In crossing o u t people's w o r k I A n y page of w o r k
searching the postbag for can quickly be reduced t o half In his d e a d l y hands.
... um . . . well post really. Very l o ng discussions are h a d about t h e f r o n t cover a n d posters w i t h i n
the mag |l am t a l k l n mean dlscussionsl) It struck me t h a t w i t h e v e r y t h i n g
From this iegandary postbag else t o do n o t as much time was spent o n t h e computer as I'd expected.
come many of the legendary A n d I thought everyone w o u l d Just sit a r o u n d all day p l a y i n g games I (The
games that make the computers are original 128Ks. b y t h e w a y ) .
wonderful mag it is Instead It's a ve r y w h a c k y but frustratin g halr-pullin g t y p e of day In the
R H offices. Hectic, even I •

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SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 19:
'ut Together
} Madness
drink,

|Never r/n&
m asPeop/e
I too
Incredible concen- Three pens
tration from the for correcting • V rl9htened
massed editorial copy talk
team. Note the
(the bigger
toDay/d.
iuttlng-forward
heads and severe the pen the less David
haircut problems 1 likes the copy!
caused
exposure to
thrilling
by over-
highly
software.
1 / \ / \ L u n c h . A l l those
• w w people w h o are not
lunching w i t h roving PR people
go to the pub. N o w it is very
fashionable t o pretend that
journalists are all Jolly drunken
people w h o like n o t h i n g more
than a good llg. However the
Q Q team drink comparatively
little because they are far t o o
busy being Incredibly successful
w i t h the opposite sex. So put
that w i t h the bits in your real
ale, serious Journo types
C Py f"e (black hole)

2.00:( The g j offices are


empty except for the
hysterical bleeping of the
A DavidKeliycommanderof
the Starship fJJ] making fine
Couidn t spell adjustments to copy. Politely
computers (somebody forgot t o
turn them o f f j nanouevre . . . er
offering suggestions as to
nanoverer way the copy might be
Two coffee • • •
nanouver improved
G r a h a m Taylor w o r k i n g o n CPS /rest Not that David doesn t
the Petulant P e d r o review
under enjoy a Joke with the rest of
version 57.1. AH debris) \ Mania
communications with the boys - check out his
In eyes
Graham at this time are brilliant Bob Dylan
answered In the same way impersonation
eg White no sugar "
4 A A C o f f e e . Phones.

1"?
^ M m X J x I W r i t i n g . Subbing.
nfl D a v , d Ke,,y
Strange cries. Hysterical
******
c • W W decides that the ro beeping. A Joke from Tamara
review of Petulent Pedro needs " H o w does an elephant ask for
to be ready to go by overland """night a sticky bun?" As the punch line
pony to the typesetters by t o this Is visual I'm afraid w e
12.10. Graham Taylor's can't tell y o u w h a t it Is

6.0 or;,:
typewriter gets put Into
| j . 0 0 or sometime
2
overdrive. Despite recent / % | Everybody arrives
overhauls Graham's typewriter [later . . . The end of
• \ / I back. Except for the the day and time for a review of
has suffered total system person having lunch w i t h the PR
collapse twelve times In the past The Mad Celt threatens a the day's events. The successes
person w h o w o n ' t be seen and failures of the day are
month. Graham wonders h o w before Christmas. David Kelly page of ^JJ with extreme
to spell manoeuvre' and looks violence If It doesn 't hand outlined and someone Is chosen
starts w o r k i n g o n subbing. as a scapegoat for everything
for an excuse t o make a Joke Subbing Is a mysterious process over some pictures right
about Mel and Kim In the that has gone w r o n g . Finally,
where David takes all the g o od now! The Mad Celt 's the H ' l team scatter t o the four
review. "No jokes about Mel bits out of everybodys w o r k ambition in life is to become
and Kim/' warns David sternly corners of the earth via tube,
and replaces it w i t h red biro a Blue Peter presenter, "i d car, train and w o l f pack (the
marks. He Inserts a Joke. He show em some things they Mad Celt).
takes it out again. He looks
could do with a squeezy Later that evening the R H
pained
bottle and some sticky-back offices are empty except for the
plastic they've never seen hysterical bleeping of the
3.00!(massive page-layout
From behind his computers (somebody forgot t o
before," he says ominously
boards Gareth (Mad Celt) Jones
• turn them offJB
emits a curious cry. Strange and
unearthly. It has been k n o w n t o
t u r n the sensitive mad. The
hardened U J team are used t o
It however. It means Gareth is
w o n d e r i n g h o w he is supposed
t o lay out the page (this means
sticking d o w n the bits of
w r i t i n g once they have been set
b y the typesetters In an exciting
w a y ) w i t h o u t any pictures. "In
the post G a r e t h . . . be here soon
. . . not t o w o r r y " say the team
Imploringly

Three cups of coffee


necessary before the
Celt achieves design warp
speed

:LAIR U S E R SEPTE
DESTRUCTO MJT. This is
ARCADE I abel Bulldog A u t h o r : Eugene Messina Price: £1.99 M e m o r y : 48K
128K Joystick various Reviewer: lorry M u i r I M I K A once-in-
Budget-buy blasting with novel loop-the-loop flying ^ ^ U m a-lifetime
which really throws the cat into the dogfight opportunity to dean up

A
the streets. If there's
shoot ' e m up's a s h o o t ' e m u p . . . or is it? This has t h e t r a d i t i o n a l
kill-everything scenario, set over 21 screens b u t w i t h a really
any low-life scuzz
bizzare c o n t r o l system. Instead of f l i p p i n g left or right y o u r plane loitering in your area,
loops the l o o p i n either direction, g i v i n g it a feel unlike any blaster y o u ' v e H ' l ' s the mag that's
ever played going to help you dean
Once you've g o t used t o w e a v i n g a n d d i v i n g all over t h e c r o w d e d sky.
it up.
though, you'll be k n o c k i n g the e n e m y o u t t o w a r d s t h e g r o u n d . W h e n
enough have hit the battleship, s u b m a r i n e or island b e l o w i t ' l l s t a r t t o Because we're going
spout w a t e r and sink. But t o get past t h e first f e w screens y o u ' l l have t o to arm three of our
know w h i c h of the 15 nasties w i l l s u c c u m b t o y o u r bullets, and w h i c h are
better dodged.
readers with rocket
Ideal for the o d d half-hour w h e n y o u ' r e l o o k i n g for s o m e mindless launchers, and they'll
mass-destruction. A t t h i s price y o u c a n ' t g o w r o n g • be able to take a trip
• • • • - f r f~ down their local high
street and blow away
anyone who looks like
GEOFF CAPES' STRONGMAN they need sorting out.
SIMULATION Label: Ricochet A u t h o r : Martech/lan McCradle Price: £1.99 The good news? The
Memory: 48K/128K Joystick: various Reviewer: Jerry M u i r
lucky winners will be
Re-release of one of the best joystick-jiggler simula- brilliant things?
entirely free from
tions. You'll need brains as well as brawn Because Gremlin

M
prosecution because
astertronic's n e w Ricochet label, w h i c h aims t o send oldies
b o u n c i n g back, gets off t h e g r o u n d w i t h Geoff Capes' Strong- these are no ordinary
man. a s p o r t s s i m u l a t i o n w h i c h w a s o ri g i n a l l y s w a m p e d in t h e rocket launchers.
marathon rush of Track 'n' Field va ri a ti o n s. There's t h e o b l i g a t o r y w r i s t They're Motorised
exercise at the start, b u t once y o u ' v e allocated t h i s b o d y b u i l d i n g t o
eight muscle areas y o u ' l l need rather m o r e t h a n a n indestructible
Electronic
joystick. Water
Take the Truck Pull, w h e r e y o u have t o chase t h e i l l u m i n a t e d muscle Firing
w i t h a cursor, like a manic S i m o n , t o heave t h e f l a t b e d across the line.
Timing is the secret of o t h e r t e s t s of s t r e n g t h , such as t h e Log C h o p - a
Rocket Launchers/
race against t i m e t o b r i n g d o w n t h e axe in the right place. A bit wet? Hardly.
Sport simulation s have a lasting appeal and at t h i s price no fan of the These things mean
game-type s h o u l d be w i t h o u t B i g G e o f f B business. The water
from one of these things
travels 30 feet. Thafs Graphics' new game is
some distance. And it Death Wish III, and we all

i
ACTION PACK 3 can carry enough water fancied the idea of
COMPILATION Label: W H Smith Alligata A u t h o r : various Price: £4.99 to keep you going for
Memory: 4BIC/12BK Joystick: various Reviewer: Tony D i l l o n
playing at being
ages. Charles Bronson.
Easily one of the most boring compilations / have ever
played - but it's very, very cheap And what sort of The rocket launcher Is

Y
ippee, it's here I The n e w A c t i o n Pack f r o m W H S m i t h , and look at excuse do we have for Charlie's pet weapon in
the w o n d e r f u l l y exciting g a m e s i t contains. W h o Dares W i n s II. giving away these the film, and he brings it

SPECIAL
W o w . w h a t a terrible . . . sorry, I ' m s u p p o s e d t o say terrific g a m e -
it's C o m m a n d o goes flip screen. Trap, cor! This is nearly as e x c i t i n g as
championship m o u l d breeding. It's ruined, t h o u g h , b y t h e fact t h a t you
can't see the bullets, t h e aliens, t h e missiles a n d generally a n y t h i n g i n
the game Indoor Bowling. W e e e l a a g h l P r i m i t i v e , m a n l (Cue O r s o n

UOFFER
Welles) Probably the w o r s t b o w l i n g g a m e ever. (You d o n ' t even g e t t h e
little man b o w l i n g the ball!) Finally, It's Octagon. N o w . I've g o t a terrible
m e m o r y but . . . w h a t w a s I saying? Oh, yes, m y m e m o r y , b u t I can
remember w h e n this g a m e w a s released and correct m e if I ' m w r o n g b u t
wasn't t h a t onl y a m o n t h o r t w o ago. B l i m y g u v . t h a t d i d n ' t take l o n g t o
hit the c o m p i l a t i o n t r a i n , lub-a-dub, sto ne t h e c r o w s .
It's not exactly an actio n packed A c t i o n Pack, b u t i t is very c h e a p B

RIVER RAID
ARCADE l a b e l : Firebird A u t h o r : Activision Price: £1.99 M e m o r y : 48K128K
Joystuk: various Reviewer: Tony D i l l o n
Puny graphics and unbelieveable, unforgivable unplay-
MEGP
ability. It was better off on the Atari

H
ello, w h a t ' s this? River Raid. It's so o l d I w a s n ' t e v e n b o r n w h e n i t

\ill>TAPE
first came out. (Hunts frantically t h r o u g h t h e c u p b o a r d and finds
old Atari 2600 VCS ca rtri d g e > It's a prehistori c t o p - b o t t o m

s
scroller, flying your jet plane a l o n g a t r e a c h e r o u s m e a n d e r i n g river w i t h
high cliffs destroying bridges, ships, t h e planes t h a t c o m e t o w a r d s y o u

q j
and the tanks w h i c h fire at you. A n d be careful n o t t o h it the cliffs.
Here w e go. Wait a m i n u t e , there is a speck of d i r t o n m y screen. It ^ I Ao a t i r c r t m o l i t fantastic was the
awsomely
w o n ' t c o me off, hang on. t h a t d i r t is shaped r e m a r k a b l y like a plane It is
my plane! Cor. innit small. All t h e graphics are small, a b o u t o n e UDG
response to the y Q Mega-mix
square big in f a c t . B tape offer last month we thought
• Q we'd give all those people who
missed out last time a chance
once again to become the funk-
iest person on your street.

SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987 90


into play whenever
things get a little bit
sticky.

What do you
win?
# Three first prize
winners will be able to # Twenty second prize THE
winners will also each
walk around with a
receive a copy of the QUESTIONS
rocket launcher under 1) Name the actor who
their arms and a copy of game.
appeared in the original
the Death Wish III game
from Gremlin in the What do yoou Death Wish and went on
to co-star with lots of
back pockets. There's have to do: o
take-aways and
more! We're even Answer the questions Michelle Pfieffer in two

t
gonna throw in a false below and send them completely different
moustache each to: 'False Moustache films?
and Rocket Launcher 2) How many Death
just to Compo, Sinclair User
complete the Competition Wish films have there
Mega- now been?
Bronson control, 14 Holkham
image!! 3) Name the character
Road, Orton, played by Bronners in
Peterborough P62 OUF. the Death Wish series.

WIN A BAZOOKA
THE COUPON•
Name
Address

My answers: 1)
2)
3)
'If anyone from Gremlin or EMAP attempts to
enter this competition we'll have to use our
rocket launcher.

ft i ^ J S A S mix-down of some of the most


brilliant Spectrum game sound-
tured in the last issue's [ J j J Spec-
trum Top Five soundtrack chart.
S S d l e d ^ ^ e d . n u x e d - u p
tracks around. If you're even slightly into great
We've added drum-machines, Spectrum music this is your
ALL ABOUT THE samplers, synthesisers, digital re- chance to blow those Commod-
verbs, guitar solos and quite ore owners A-wayyy.
MEGA-MIX probably the entire London •Note this is an audio tape -
T he TubeGhdei Rider mega-mix was created
with Music.
Banana many hours of toil in the studio of Fluffy
Philharmonic to produce a music
soundtrack so wonderful you may
you do not even have to have a
Spectrum to get funkified!!!B
The original music was transferred directly want to hang up your joystick and How to order your
from the Spectrum 128K to one track of a Tascam get on your dancing shoes.
38 eight-track recorder, with a little digital
reverb and delay added for depth. Parts of the It's supplied on a single CIS
tape
computer music, including the end themes of Send a cheque or postal order made
both games, were also sampled for later use. tape, and since the second side is payable to EMAP B+ CP for 99p to
The overdubs were then played by hand
(since it wasn't possible to synchronise a se-
blank you can also use it to store Sinclair User Music Mega-mix, 14 Hol-
quencer with the original music!) using a Yama- your own programs. Not only that kham Road, Orton Southgate, Peterbor-
ough PE2 OUT. Please allow 28 days for
ha DX100 FM synth, Korg DW 8000 analogue/
digital synth, Altai S900 sampler, Sequential
but it is astoundingly cheap - a delivery. Offer closes September 30.
Circuits Drumtraks digital drum machine and mere 99p.
ART 1500 and Alesis Midi verb effects units.
The sampled sounds, manipulated with the
The featured music is written Coupon
S 9 0 0 , include trumpets, h e a v y - m e t a l guitars and by one of the top games track I want to get funky on my Spectnim
snare drums from chart records, and Spitfires please send me copies of the
from WW2 - the explosion at the end is a mixture talents around - Dave Whittaker -
megamix tape. I enclose a cheque for
of a bomb, a clap of thunder and a crashing
aircraft! mixed down by ace-muso Chris £ (0.99p per tape)
The whole shebang was mixed down in Jenkins and includes the sound- Name..
genuine stereo on an RAM 10-8-2 mixer, and is tracks to The Tube and Glider Address
presented for your delight by Fluffy Banana
Music - thegalaxy*
coolest and cuddliest music outfit in Rider, both of which were fea-
the entire

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IF you reckon we're talking rubbish
don't just stand there . . .
Tell us what you think
Stick your comments on paper, fill
in and cut out the coupon below and
send it in . . .
And if you don't send us your
picture - the sillier the better - we'll
have to print a picture of a slug

Barbarian
Palace

I rushed to buy the game


as soon as it was
available. Was I
especially if you're moving
awful, it's bug-ridden, and at almost full speed. T he
disappointed? Not on your
it's extremely aggravating only consolation is that it
nelly! Apart from the, ahem, Super S o c c e r when two men a r e at tries to be original in some
packaging and free poster
(Maria Whittaker in a Imagine roughly equal distances to respects. Even so, Super
the ball and the halo plays Soccer only deserves four
bikini), the game is utterly

E ight stars!! Jerry Muir automatic pinball between stars, if that!B


hyper.
Bat why, oh why, did you ought to be in a mental them!!!. It's almost Patrick Turnbull
impossible to control the
only give it ten stars? It asylum! Imagine should
ball properly, and the men
Didcot
quit writing software! Super
definitely deserves a
Soccer is indescribably move a s though they're Oxon
Classic.
The slick graphics,
terrible! skating on i c e . Changing Game Choice:
smooth animation and Th e colour clashes are direction is no mean feat, Enduro Racer
atmospheric background
Silent Service scenes are what make the Amaurote N e m e s i s the
game so enjoyable to play.
Microprose It wouldn't be the same Mastertronic Warlock
Martech
Y
without the f l y i n g neck-

D
ou were dead right to espite your rave review
chop' which very

K
give this a classic . I of Amaurote, I was still
realistically beheads your s b r i l l . I n fact,
enjoy playing simulations, a little wary before buying
opponent. B r i l l i a n t ! v e r y t h i n g y o u want out
and out of my whole it. I though that, like to
collection, this is my James Walker many other budget games,
of a game.
As the bodies start to p i l e
favourite. It must b e one of Market Rasen it might not live up to my
up zombies appear and start
the best and most complex
simulations to be released.
Lines early expectations.
to cause more m a y h e m on
The seven reality factors Game Choice: However I went ahead the screen. Th e w a y
and bought the game, and Nemesis w i e l d s his s w o r d is
make it very playable for Exolon one look at the amazing
the beginner. A must for all i t l i k e real life. The
graphics soon dispelled any g r a p h i c s are excellent, and
simulation freaks!!! of my apprehension.
Microprose is a company to the q u a l i t y of a n i m a t i o n is
The game's got a out of t h i s w o r l d .
look out f o r *
wonderfully animated
Vladimir central character, very
Ledachowski elusive enemy insects and,
Richmond of course, those wonderful
background graphics. Th e
Nemesis the
Game Choice: idea of having a repair Warlock
Matianoids facility, and being able to
Martech
purchase bombs (within a
certain price limit) is gghhhhhh!
excellent, so much better
than having a limited Y o u gave Nemesis the
amount of lives. Warlock a Classic! SHOCK.'!
At £2.99 I think you HORROR!!' HURT!!!! Why?
should have made it T h i s game is u t t e r l y useless
Classic. Dont delay, buy it deserves only five or four
today!!!B stars. No w a y a Classic.
Matthew Lintern A l l it is is another boring
p l a t f o r m game like an up-
Kinver graded Manic Miner. The
South Staffs sido-on (boring, boring,
Game Choice: boring) graphics are CRUD!
Enduro Racer Yes, crud!!! The sound is
useless too, there are
hardly any effects and
when there are they're not
worth talking about. I read
the review, bought the
game, and almost died.
I read p - ^ f regularly and
A s a reader of 2000AD as
t h i n k it's great but you've
w e l l , 1 w e n t out and boaght
gone w r o n g here!B
the game straight a w a y and
have no regrets. I f Td been Timothy Reynolds
w r i t i n g your r e v i e w s I ' d Hemel Hempstead
have given it t w o Classics, Herts
not one!B
Game Choice:
M Gray Enduro Racer
Royston Jim says. Well, i f you d o n t
Herts get excited at the sight of
Game Choice: the umpteen-frame
animation and
Ikari Warriors e x t r a o r d i n a r y violence in
Ton "re only a l l o w a d one Clawuc Nemesis the Warlock, I
at a ttmt, bet we lake your poini. doubt there's m u c h hope
(Mod totally diareg-ard it). left for you.

SINCLAIR USER SEPTEMBER 1987 92


H ow could you give this
game a Classic?! I read
your review, bought the
game, and got bored after a
couple of shots.
Sure, it has smooth,
highly-coloured graphics,
but the game is very boring
to play and it's irritating
and disorientating to be
bounced about when you hit Saboteur II
something.
And you said this was
Durell
W
serious competition for hy oh why did
Undium?!!! No chance. I only give Sab II a
rating of six stars? OK, the
gameplay is the same as
that of Sab I but that's no
excuse. The graphics a r e
superbly animated and well
drawn. The playability is
good and I ended up
playing it all through the
Arkanoid I've got to leave you now,
but my final message is . . .
night. Imagine Imagine really played a
Also the difficulty factor trump card. Ta T a l
is just right in the first level
and goes up at a good rate
on the other levels. So
So you want to know my T hud!! Ah well, Level 5
down the drain.
Hi folks. Since I
Stephen Coates
Doncaster
new rating? Four stars
anyone who wants a good maximum, and probably reluctantly forked out three S Yorks
wouldn't give this one starH lack-'em-in game with a week's pocket money to
Duncan MacDonald good plot, buy Sab I I B
three - especially if you
have already bought buy the super-mega Game Choice:
Dundee Robin Sparks Sweevo's World, coverted Breakout I h a ve World Class
never been off my 128K+2. Leaderboard
Scotland Midlothian Classic indeed! Don't
Food is no matter, I just
Game Choice: Came Choice: waste your m o n e y ! •
drool over the addiction or f-'JEWamino: Too much
Head Over Heels Barbarian Chris Jarrett what? Sheer bliss for hours drool can damage your
Wells on end! addiction.
Army Moves open your eyes and see the
light!
Somerset
Ocean And as for Ocean. It can Game Choice:
Barbarian
E
do a lot better than this load

I have to warn people very so often — well very often actually — you write to
of (beep)B At least it w a s all good
about this game. As soon tell us that we know nothing about anything and insist
clean fun! that some program we trashed is actually the best game
as I saw the review you Tony Downey
ever. Conversely you blast us for saying something is great
printed for Army Moves I Bangor that you absolutely loath and detest.
rushed out and bought it. A
month's pocket money
Co Down Enough is enough. We c a n t take any more, if you think
wasted on that RUBBISH!!! Northern Ireland you're so clever you write the damn magazine. We mean it!
It's about as addictive as a E v e r y month w e l l devote a page to a selection of your
pile of dog dirt. Game Choice: opinions on the latest software. Don't get mad - write the
I must say the graphics Auf Wiedersehen review you think the game should have received and we
(subject only to space) will print i t
are good but on Level 3 the Monty Now, aside from seeing your work in ptint we will send
subs look like deformed Jim says (removing v.
baseball bats. How could you a crisp £10—er, cheque — with which to buy the
horrible sunglasses): OK
yon give such trash ten software title of your choice — tell us what you plan to
eyes open, cold light of day
stars and expect to get spend the money on if your review is printed.
etc etc. I still reckon that
away with it? Jim Douglas it's worth the acclaim. Footballer of One request, we want to know what you look like so send
the Year us a picture. Any old picture will do — you at home, in Ibiza,
in the garden, even making silly faces in photobooths we
Gremlin d o n t care.
Graphics So get cracking — write your reviews and send them
together with the completed coupon below.

I think your review of


Footballer of tho Year
w a s one of the worst printed
YOUR REVIEWS
Maximum ISO words. No swearing, libel or illegibility and
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game deserves more than tell us straight what you thin*. Send your review (of any
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the lot to The Write Stuff, Sinclair User, 30-32 Farringdon
Footballer of the Year has
Lane, London EC1R 3AU.
great graphics, especially
on the goal scoring screen,
and a nice little tune. The Name.
gambling screen is good fun
too. Compared to Football Address..
Manager. Footballer of the
Year wins easilyB
John Snedden The program I would most like to buy with my tenner is
East Lothian
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considered for publication.
Arkanoid
NEXTM
It's no good asking
me love they've
all gone off on
their holidays

. • . But not before pointing out that the October s u


is absolutely stunningly wonderful a n d contains
more brilliance t h a n a truck-load of electric lightbulbs
Check out these features:
• Double the u s u a l number of p o k e s !
• Under Wraps special — if it's secret we'll tell y o u ! !
What the stars s a y about their Spectrums!!!
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Back from Ibiza, September 1 8


USER SEPTEMBER 1987
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SO W H A T IS F O O T B A G G I N G ?
* W are totally and utterly over the Venice beach, and oven Hollywood *
• ail kaow that the Americans the West Coast. Saata Cnu.

tap. but I hardly think that that's a


legitimate eicuse for the appalling
itself.
As the blurb says, this ain't Cali
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hype surrounding California Games, earn in' - it's for roal. (oh ^
oae of the f i a t of a new hatch of »). What rt really i t , i t aa ^
Ipyi titles through US Gold. eicuse for a lot of little garnet to >U
Without getting too eicitod about make it together and become a big ~