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M A G A Z N

DECEMBER 1988, Volume 9, Number 12

FEATURES

9
■ 10 ■
COMING ATTRACTIONS 92
In part two, John looks at upcoming releases from veterans like in L -—
Mediagenic family, SubLogic and SS! as well as soon-to-be- SOFTWARE ON THE COVER
released titles from newcomers like Silent Software and First Row 1. Animation: Apprentice by Hash Enterprises
Software. 2. Sporting News Baseball by Epyx, Inc.
by John Jermaine 3. Robot Readers by Hilton Android Corp.
4. Skate or Die by Electronic Arts
5. Superbase Professional by Precision Software, Inc.
COVER STORY 6. Flight Simulator 2 by SubLogic
7. Moebius by Origin
BUYER'S GUIDE TO THE BEST OF 1988 71 8. Blackjack Academy by Microlllusions
Our reviewers pick the best hardware and software products 9. Might and Magic by Mediagenic
released during the year for the Commodore 64, 128 and Amiga. 10. Battledroidz by DataSoft

REVIEWS
64 AND 128 SOFTWARE REVIEWS AMIGA SOFTWARE REVIEWS
The Games: Winter Edition fay Scoff A May 20 Vampire's Empire by Jeffery Scott Hall 32
Force 7 by Mark Cotone 22 Softwood File IISG byErvin Bcbo 36
Impossible Mission 2 by Jeffery Scott Hall 26 Spellbound by Gary V Fields 38
Paperclip Publisher by BobGuerra 28 WordPtex by Gary V. Fields 40
Dragon's Lair by Mark Cotone 30 Ebonstar by Graham Kinsey 42

DEPARTMENTS
LETTERS 4 AMIGA UPDATE
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Amiga Public Domain by Graham Kinsey 54
M17 IMC
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Allen Hastings: Film Maker by Matthew Leeds 58
TIPS & TRICKS
128 MODE
Hints for Fun and Utility
A Plethora of 128 Stuff by Mark Jordan 67
Compiled by Louis F. Sander 16
Gold Mine GRAPHICS CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT 70
Compiled by Louis F. Sander 18
PUMPING GEOS
CREATIVE COURSEWARE GEQS2.0iyA*arftJbnfen 96
The "Power On" Report by Howard Miltman 44
PROGRAMMING
PROJECTS Pokeless Sprites byJared Groth 104
Sound Digitizer II by John lovine 48 Introducing Amiga CLI Part 3 by Mike Rivers 106
A Beginner's Guide to Disk Files by Mark Jordan 110
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ADVENTURE ROAD
Staying Alive by Shay Addams 52 ADVERTISERS1 INDEX 128

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 3
LETTERS
To the Editor:
I just received your September issue
Commodore
M A G A Z N
and read the news section, but to my dis
may I found you made a mistake. I am re
ferring to the page-long article on the
Consumer Electronics Show. You state
that "Carrier Command is a strategic ac
tion game for the Amiga and Commodore
64." I am afraid Rainbird Software has de Publisher
cided not to release the 64 version. I would Julie Bauer
appreciate it if you would inform your Assistant to the Publisher
readers. This information was obtained Amanda K. Wappes
To The Editor: via a software dealer, please inform me if
There are some 480,000 amateur radio it is incorrect. Managing Editor
operators in the U.S., and millions world Sincerely, Jim Gracely
wide. For a specific technical reason, Robert Bogue
Editor
many own a Commodore 64, even in addi Bay City, MI Susan R. West
tion to any other computer they may own.
The Commodore 64 is the ideal system in Editor's Response: Technical Editor
Mike Rivers
terface for amateur equipment to perform According to our source at Rainbird,
packet radio, RTTY-teletype, TV, satellite Carrier Command for the Commodore 64
relays, and other state-of-the-art commu is scheduled for release in the November! Art Director
nication needs. December time period. The Amiga version Gwenn Knapp
Hams ready for upgrading to the FCC has been available for a while. Your soft Assistant Art Director
Extra class license can now obtain the ware dealer may have been under the im Wilson Harp
new study course with sample examina pression that the two versions were to be re Art Production
tions on disk for the Commodore 64 for leased simultaneously. Carrier Command Bob Clark
$14.95 postpaid. Hams can contact me for for the Commodore 64 retails for $34.95. Production Manager
further information. You may want to leave a copy of this Let Jo-Ellen Temple
Sincerely, ters column lying around the house as a
Dr. G. F. Schilling hint for Santa, Robert.
Circulation
Amateur Radio Station AI6I
Kenneth F. Battista
P.O. Box 2250 To the Editor:
Hemet. CA 92343. The October issue had the "Quest for
ADVERTISING SALES
Sequels" article by Shay Addams, as well
To the Editor: as the section in the "News" about new re Rebecca Cotton Leister
I enjoy your magazine very much. Al leases from Infocom. Infocom was bought Commodore Magazine
though I am new to the ranks of your sub by Mediagenic, which used to be called 1200 Wilson Drive
West Chester, PA 19380
scribers, I can only wonder why your cov Activision, and that brings me to my
(215)431-9259
erage of the Amiga has expanded so, question. With all the talk about sequels,
when there is an Amiga magazine already and remembering that Activision released
in print (AmigaWorld). It would make Hacker and Hacker II, has there been any
sense to save the space for 64128 reviews mention at all about a Hacker III? I would
and programs. That is the idea behind two really enjoy another adventure in the
separate publications, right? same style as those first two, with their
A Delighted but Puzzled Reader, carefully tailored sensation of stumbling Commodore Magazine, Volume 9, Number 12, December
1988.
James D. Johnston into something unexpected. All together Commodore Magazine is published monthly by Commo
Mechanicsburg, PA now: "We want Hacker III! We want dore Magazine Inc., 1200 Wilson Drive, West Chester, PA
Hacker III! ..." 19380. U.S.A. U.S. subscriber rate is $35.40 per year;
Canadian subscriber rate is 545.40 per year; Overseas sub
Editors Response: Sincerely, scriber rate is $65.00 per year. Questions concerning sub
Thank you for the compliments, Mr. Les Leist scription should be directed to Commodore Magazine Sub
Johnston. Your confusion is apparently scription Department. Box 651, Holmes, Pennsylvania
Alexandria, VA
19043. Phone (800) 345-8112. In Pennsylvania (800)
shared by others. Commodore Magazine is 662-2444. Copyright g 1988 by Commodore Magazine Inc.
a subsidiary' of Commodore Business Ma Editor's Response: All rights reserved.
C8M, PET, ViC 20, and Commodore 64 are registered
chines, manufacturer of the Commodore At press time Activision has no plans for
trademarks of Commodore Electronics Ltd. Super PET and
64,128 and Amiga 500 and 2000. There a Hacker in. But as we've said, so often, if Commodore 128 are trademarks of Commodore Electronics
are many Commodore- and Amiga-specif there's a pivductyou want, let the company Ltd. Amiga" is a registered trademark of Commodore-Amiga.

ic publications available from third-party know. You can write to: Activision, 3885
publishers (AmigaWorld is published by Bohannon Drive, MenloPark, CA 94025.
IDG Communications. Peterboivugh.
NH). Commodore Magazine is the only Address letters for publication to:
magazine published by Commodore, there Letfcn Editor. Commodore Magazine,
1200 Wilson Drive, West Chester. PA 19380
fore, we cover Commodow's complete line.

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NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS
by Jim Gracely

D,urlng the week of August 32, MicroProse Flying High concepts such as combat,
1988, MicroProse celebrated its exploring, mapping, using
sixth anniversary. A number of
A potions and spellcasting.
editors and writers from the U.S. tmm Ultima V is the latest and
and England were on hand to ■ * most advanced installment of the
help celebrate the occasion and popular Ultima series. The story
had the opportunity to talk about •
goes like this: Lord British was

m
some future products. ambushed in the underworld
MicroProse is a company with and is presumed dead. You and
a wonderfully colorful your friends are a band of' 'Robin
\ - x
beginning. The much-publicized ——-n -
Hoods" trying to do good in a

Li
anecdote goes like this: In the land under a bad ruler and
summer of 1982, Bill Stealy and marshall law. You must destroy
Sid Meier (both employees of the shadow lords who represent
General Instruments at the time) "Wild Bill" Stealey, President of MICROPROSE and Jim Qracely, Managing Editor of untruth, cowardice and hatred,
were playing a Red Baron arcade Commodore Magazine. and of course, attempt to discover
game in Las Vegas. Stealy the fate of Lord British. An
complained about the game, and interesting feature is that there
Meier stated he could design a Red Storm Rising is a of the WW III scenarios in 13 is almost 30 minutes of musical
better simulation in a week. submarine warfare simulation hours). Watch for a complete score in the game with themes
Stealy said if Sid could make it, he based on the book of the same review in an upcoming issue. for various situations. On the
could sell it. About two months name by Tom Clancy. The game's MicroProse Soccer is the first machines that support MIDI
later (the' 'week'' was a slight premise is that the Warsaw Pact product from the MicroProse UK (including the Amiga) the scores
exaggeration), during the week of countries have invaded Western division. This double-sided disk can be routed externally to a
August 22,1982, Sid Meier Europe, and you must command will feature the standard 11- MIDI device.
walked up to Bill Stealy at a an American nuclear attack player European game on one What can we expect from
shopping mall and handed him side and the nine- MicroProse in the future? Well,
Hellcat Ace. player U.S. indoor game they don't typically talk about
In early 1983 MicroProse on the other. The game products until they are ready to
released three titles: Hellcat is played from a bird's- ship, but Bill Stealy did have this
Ace, Floyd of the Jungle and eye view with the ball comment to make: "If you liked
Chopper Rescue. Later that rising up into the viewer's Westworld—weVe got a product.
year, Solo Flight was released. eye on kicks. Inter Stand by for my press conference
In 1984 F-15 Strike Eagle was esting features include next year."
released in the U.S. This year, winds and weather MicroProse has one other area
F-15 Strike Eagle will receive patterns demo I saw of activity that is newsworthy. A
a "Diamond" award from the was played in a thunder coin-op (traditional quarter-play
Software Publishers Association storm). This game will arcade game) division was
(SPA) for 500,000 copies sold. submarine against Soviet ship in October for the 64 and started last October. This
In 1988 MicroProse has submarines and surface ships. sometime in early 1989 for the division, called MicroProse
already released Project: You can choose four time frames Amiga. Games, is planning to ship their
Stealth Fighter and Airborne to play in (1984,1988,1992, The UK division of MicroProse first game during the first
Ranger, has Red Storm Rising 1996), four difficulty levels, eight has also struck joint marketing quarter of 1989. While no details
shipping now and is planning to different submarine classes to ventures with a number of U.S. were given as to what the game
ship MicroProse Soccer before command and a dozen scenarios software developers including would be, everyone consented
the end of the year. (Both ranging from training Berkeley, Cosmi and Origin that it would be some sort of
Project; Stealth Fighter and maneuvers to WW III. This Systems. Richard Garriot and flight-related product. Eugene
Airborne Ranger were reviewed product is bound to become a Chris Roberts of Origin Systems Lipkin, VP and General Manager
in the September 1988 issue of classic very quickly. The controls, were at MicroProse to of MicroProse Games, stated that
Commodore Magazine.) options, graphics and strategy- demonstrate Ultima V and the only rule they were living by
Project: Stealth Fighter was involved create a riveting sense Times of Lore. was that the machine would be
released for the Commodore 64 in of action and suspense. Because Times of Lore is billed as an shipped to the arcade on a truck.
the spring, and an Amiga version you can play anything from a introduction to role-playing and He claims the product will be
will be released sometime after one-on-one battle to the complete adventure games with a "one of the most unique products
the spring of 1989. By the time World War III scenario, games completely icon-driven interface. the industry has seen in the past
the Amiga version is released, it can last from 15 minutes to tens You travel through an enormous couple of years.'' What is the
will be going by its new name— of hours. (Bill Stealy claims that world gathering gold, magical basis for that kind of statement?
P-19 Stealth. Consumer by holing up in his basement and items and potions in your search A commitment to design.
confusion was the main reason saving the game each time he for a missing king, It is designed MicroProse Games was started
given for the change. won he was able to complete one for beginners to introduce Continued on page 10

8 DECEMBER 1988
NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS
Continued from page 8 with a rate of six frames per
from the ground up and has second. That's a 200X increase in
designed all of the hardware for polygons/second! MicroProse is
their coin-op division. The currently speculating that they
hardware has a strong emphasis will be one of the major coin-op
on graphics and is ideally suited companies by this time next year.
for simulations. Two technical Of course, everyone visiting
terms are used to describe the MicroProse gets to go for a flight
graphic capabilities of a system: on the Miss MicroProse—"Wild
' 'polygons'' and' frames per Bill" Stealy's company plane. The
second.1' The number of polygons plane is a U.S. Navy T-28-B two-
in each frame determines how seat fighter trainer with a
detailed the graphics can be, 1425hp Curtiss-Wright prop Who
while the number of frames per engine and a maximum speed of
second determines the speed and 350mph. Believe me, after a flight Framed
smoothness of the images. The in this aerobatic plane, flight
MicroProse Games hardware is simulators take on a whole new Roger Rabbit
capable of 2000 polygons at 30 reality.
frames per second. As a In all, MicroProse is still flying I
_J; was only a matter of time. Buena Vista Software has released
comparison, F-19 Stealth on an high, and it looks like clear Who Framed Roger Rabbit for the Commodore 64 and
80386 machine has 50 polygons sailing into 1989. H Amiga. The program incorporates (what else?) splendid
animation and graphics plus
music and sound effects in
three separate game scenarios.
Jack Nicklaus' You can race Benny the Cab
through Tinseltown, retrieve the
Championship Golf missing will and get past the evil
weasels at the cartoon Gag
Xiccolade has signed Jack Nicklaus to a three-year contract Factory. Retail price for the
to produce computer golf simulations. The first offering, JacK Commodore 64 version is $29.95;
Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship for the Amiga it's $44.95. For
Golf, is scheduled to be released for the Commodore 64 and details contact: Buena Vista
Amiga in time for the holiday season. The program features Software, 3800 W. Alameda Ave.,
Nicklaus' favorite 18 holes,based on the recently released videotape Suite 325, Burbank, CA 91505.
from ABC Sports Video library. Players go up against Jack or four Phone:(818)569-7397.
other computerized men and women. The Commodore 64 version
retails for S29.95; the Amiga version sells for $44.95. For further
paint program.
information contact: Accolade, 550 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite 20,
San Jose, CA 95128. Or call: (408) 985-1700.
AmiEXPO Magni Systems entered the
Amiga marketplace with their
jtimiEXPO was held in Chicago Model 4004 Video Graphics
at the end of July. System genlock system. Not only
Special Amiga 500 You would expect software does this genlock blow away all
packages to outnumber hardware other genlocks for the Amiga in
System Offered packages at AmiEXPO, but in terms of price (with the Model
terms of the attention-grabbers 4004 VGS starting at S1S00),
Oommodore Business Machines, Inc. has announced a special in Chicago, hardware won out. but it is also loaded with features.
holiday promotion on the Amiga 500. When you purchase a special NewTek, as expected, drew the For example, an input signal is
Amiga 500 system from an authorized dealer between now and largest crowd with their already- not needed in order to maintain a
December 31,1988, you'll walk out with a free VCR (retail value famous Video Toaster. This stable encoder. Magni considers
$400). video effects/frame the Model 4004 VGS to be the
The special system consists of an Amiga 500 computer, 1084S capture/genlock device which highest quality encoder available.
stereo color monitor, and a Software Starter Kit (which includes was made famous on PBS' ASDG was previewing their
entertainment, productivity, video and graphics programs). Computer Chronicles is expected color scanner package, which
The VCR is a full-featured HQ VCR with wireless remote control. to ship in November, although consists of a hardware color
Commodore/Amiga dealers have details on the offer; call (800) NewTek had not put a firm price scanner by Sharp and a software
343-3000 to find the Amiga dealer near you. on it yet (due to volatile memory interface by ASDG. This package
Offer good while supplies last. prices). Newtek was on the verge allows you to scan any color page
of releasing DigiPaint n, the and convert it to Amiga graphics
first major upgrade to their HAM Continued on page 12

10 DECEMBER 1988
JUDGE A GAME
BY ITS
"Ifit ivere any more
realistic, you 'd need
a batting helmet'.'
Licensed by The Major Gary Carter
League Baseball Players
Association.

COVER. Endorsed and developed


in part by the "Bible of
As the pitcher, you can
throw the batter a curve,
a high hard one. Pitch
Baseball;'The Sporting him inside, outside.
The action-packed
Even brush him back if
statistically enhanced News?
he's crowding the plate.
computer game with all
Just remember, he's got
26 major league teams,
great bat control. He
and all the stars like
might even drag
Dave Winfield, Ozzie
a bunt on you.
Smith, Jose Canseco,
Roger Clemens,
George Brett,
Alaniramraell
and Fernando
Valenzuela.
row it home or
hit the cutoff man.
Go for the great
catch or play it safe.
■■*■»•, Steal a base? How
Jiz about a pitching
Jin

Updated roster/ change? Just remem


stat disks ber. Anything the
available every pros can do, you can
season. do. If you're good.

O_ 1988, Epyx, Inc..


Screens From Commodore
version. The Sporting
News is a federally Available for Commodore
registered trademark 64/128", Apple I! &
of The SportingNews compatibles, IBM &

Publishing Company. compatibles


a Times Mirror
Company. The
Sporting News
Baseball is a
trademark of
EPYXJnc.
NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS • NEWS
Continued from page 10
ASDG was also showing hardware products. Their booth, interset is still growing. that then can be ported into
TwinX, an Amiga 2000 card that featured product, Whomper The other main development at VideoScape3D ovScu]pt3D.
has two sockets for any IEE 959 Plus, is a hardware virus AmiExpo in the realm of Interfont fully supports the
(iSBX) modules. TwinX retails protector on a printed circuit communications was that AMIC ColorFonts standard. Interfont
for $329, and ASDG has three board that plugs into the floppy Development was demonstrating retails for Si 19.95 as a stand
modules that can be bought drive(s). It has LEDs to tell you AMICTerm (based on the award- alone product, or $79.95 as an
directly for S199 each. when you didn't write-protect the winning shareware terminal upgrade to Interchange.
Great Valley Products was disk, and when the disk is being program AMIC PD TERM by Byte-by-Byte, makers of
showing off their Impact line of written to. You can tell it to David Salas), which is a very Sculpt/Animate 3D announced
SCSI hard disk controllers and automatically protect the whole powerful commercial terminal the arrival of Sculpt 4D. Scott
hard cards. Unlike other disk from being written to, or just program. AMICTerm supports Peterson, President of Byte-by-
controllers, the Impact series track zero (where the boot blocks custom graphics commands; for Byte said that Sculpt 4D is a
serves as both memory cards (up are located.) Whomper Plus example a circle command that high-end professional version of
to 2MB per card) and as a SCSI does not' 'detect'' a virus in any will draw a real circle on the Sculpt/Animate 3D. New features
controller card. The Impact line way, it just deals with prevention. receiver's terminal screen. This include a metal texture, increases
is the first SCSI card available for Whomper Plus protects one feature is &huge step from the in rendering speed, a new scan
the Amiga that has built-in drive for the A500 or two drives world of MSI graphics! line algorithm, better anti
sockets for the 1.3 EPROMS that for the A2000 and retails for AMICTerm should be available by aliasing and cleaner images.
are necessary for autobooting S69.95. MAST was also showing the time you read this, retailing Mindware International was
hard drives. G7P also bundles Minimegs 500, a tiny 2MB for S59.95. introducing PageFlipper Plus,
some very nice software that board for the A500. Minimegs ASDG also introduced which is an animation program
makes installing a hard drive SOOuses 1MB DRAM chips and is CygnusEd Professional, an with many screen special effects
much easier. unique because it has an LED that advanced text editor for the like wipes and dissolves, plus full
Creative MicroSystems Inc., shows when the memory is being Amiga. One of the dynamite ANIM support and an interactive
makers of Kickstart Eliminator, accessed. Minimegs 300 uses features CygnusEd script editor with a powerful help
introduced the Processor the A500's own power supply and Professional has is support for system.
Accelerator. If you can't afford retails for $199 with no memory recoverable documents — the Readysoft, makers of The 64
to splurge for a 68020 board, this installed. document that is currently being Emulator were pre-announcing
could become your speed-up Bill Haws' macro-language worked on will not be lost due to a the Amiga version of the famous
board of choice. Essentially it is a ABEXX was the language crash, even if you have never videodisc arcade game Dragon's
small board made by Thompson making the most noise at saved it! Some of the other Lair. The Amiga version
that holds a 16 MHz 68000 AmiExpo. AREXX provides the features in CygnusEd currently spans six floppy disks
(running at 14.32 Mhz) and ability to integrate applications Professional include AREXX (andtheReadySoft
doubles your processor from different software vendors. support, very fast scrolling, representative said that number
instruction speed. Since it sits on Among the software products support for up to 1000 by 800 covl&increase). Fortunately, the
top of the 68000 socket, Amiga that support AREXX, are resolution, vertical blocks and representative told me that those
500 and Amiga 1000 owners can Microfiche Filer Plus by Software horizontal blocks, undo, macros who have extra memory will be
easily take advantage of this Visions, Cygn usEd Professional and re-definable keys. CygnusEd able to load parts of the six disks
board as well. The Processor toy ASDG andAMTCIta byAMIC Professional retails for $99.95. into RAM for faster play. The
Accelerator retails for S199.95. Development. Bill was also There were a few new graphics Amiga version will be shipping in
Ronin Research and showing off WSHell, his shell software products. Elan Design late October and will retail for
Development, makers of the program for the Amiga that was showing their software $49.95.
Hurricane line of 68020/68030 supports aliases, piping, an Invision which gives those who Starvision was introducing
boards, were in the Expert implicit CD, resident commands, own A-Squared's Live! digitizer World Atlas, a geographic
Services booth. Since Ronin uses AKKKX and more. ABEXX and added power. Invision adds information and educational
a daughter board to hold memory, WSHell both retail for $49.95 many more live video effects, database program which
only one slot is taken up on the each. including mirror, colorize, invert, provides data on 165 countries.
A2000 system bus. For those who American PeopleLink, (or strobe, nuke and mosaic effects. World Atlas contains facts on
don't want to have to purchase PeopleLink for short), widely Invision displays a full keymap such things as population,
their own 68020/68030, Ronin recognized as the online service graphically, and allows you to religion, money, border
will ship a Hurricane with of choice fcr Amiga users, was custom assign keys and/or mouse countries, industrial and military
either a 16,20 or 25MHz 68020 also present in the exhibit hall. buttons to trigger any effect. You facts and much more. An editor is
or a 16 Mhz 68030. The bare Steve Pietrowicz, author of the can mix up to three pictures at provided. The features in World
Hurricane board, without any graphical conferencing program one time. Invision retails for Atlas include the ability to
processors, retails for S432, and AC0 was showing off its full S129. perform comparisons between all
the 68030 add-on board retails capabilites including the sound Syndesis was previewing countries listed in the database
for $230. effects included in version 3.0. Interfont, which allows you to over the last ten years. World
Memory And Storage Already over 4000 Amiga users transform 2D bitmapped fonts, Atlas will be available in
Technology (MAST) were have signed up to PeopleLink, and like the Workbench fonts, into an October. q
showing a couple of unique judging from the activity at the Interfont 3D representation file

12 DECEMBER 1988
ONE
MISTAKE
AND IT'S
THE BIG Did you pick the right

PANCAKE
course? (There are six
treacherous possibilities.)
What about supplies?
If you run out of soup,
You're at the foot of you'll be stuck with snow
one of the world's highest sandwiches.
mountains. And you're EDHE
not snapping pictures.
e nn"
Because this is the FINAL
ASSAULT. The only S E EJ B
mountain climbing game in MDSE1
the Alps or anywhere else.
IF YOU'RE AFRAID OF Forget your spikes or
HEIGHTS, FORGET IT. ice picks? You could end
You'll experience the up a permanent part of
terror and elation of one the scenery.
of the most grueling sports,
ever. And you'll be tested
every step of the way...

If you have nerves of


steel, even when you're
dangling 40 feet off a cliff,
you might just be one of
£> 1988Epyx,lnc.
the lucky few to plant
Commodore 64/128,
Amiga. Apple I1GS. ;2fc your flag at the peak.
Atari ST, IBM S •i Torhafiethe
compatibles. stakes even
Screens from higher, play with
n
Atari ST. an EPYX high
performance
joystick epyx
m
THE GAMES:
SUMMER,
* -WINTER
-

You're in Seoul, Korea sweating


alongside the world's greatest athletes.
Or the Canadian Rockies facing finely-
tuned challengers who've waited a
lifetime for a shot at the gold.
You're geared up. You're set.
You're playing The Games.

SUMMER EDITION:
Eight events that test your power,
skill and guts.
Relive the heart pounding
excitement experienced by the 1988
U.S. Olympic Team.
Sprint down a 110 meter track,
clearing hurdles in a fraction of a
second. Or jam your pole in the plant
ing box and vault over a cross bar.
Hold a handstand in the Rings
competition, straining every muscle
in your arms. Follow up with a perfect
triple twist in the diving event.
Then try for another medal or
two in Sprint Cycling, HammerThrow,
Uneven Parallel Bars or Archery. It's
your chance to make history.
WINTER EDITION:
Set world records without
The only leaving home.
computer Race down a snowy slope or
games
jump off one. Ski a slalom or cross
country course. Speed skate, figure
to earn an skate, cruise the luge at 95 mph,
official Then see what the judges think of
licensefrom your heroic efforts.
To keep your pulse racing
the 1988 US. regardless of temperature, The
Olympic Team. Games feature exciting sound
effects, dramatic camera angles,
first person views and 3-D imagery.
Plus the traditional pageantry —
colorful flags, opening, closing and
,/ awards ceremonies — staged in

SPRING
realistic settings.
Take on the computer or your
friends. (Up to eight can play, each
representing a different country.)
And to make the action even more
heated, play with an EPYX high
performance joystick.

ALL
You'll find that The Games will
eep you in the mountains, in the
water and on the edge of your seat all
year long.

idore 64/128. Apple il & Compatibles.


itosh.IRM & Compatibles. Amiga.

1988 EPYX, Inc. AUTHORIZED


PURSUANT TO 36 U.S.C, SECTION' 380.
Screens from Commodore and IBM.
Compiled by Louis F. Sander

"WWere are the very best entries in our world-famous 1988 Sixpack Plus; it can be reactivated by executing SYS 51968 or
Ml Programming Contest! First Prize of$100 goes to Karl SYS 52005.
Johnson III, for his 64 Sixpack Plus. Carlos J. Velazquez wins Karl Johnson HI
the $50 second prize for Reach! Houston, TX
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As submitted, the listing for each 20 FOR J=51968 TO J+204:READ K
contest entry fits tightly on a single screen; many keywords are :POKF J,K:NEXT
typed with no spaces between them. But when we prepare the list ^0 SYS ^20O5:END
ings for print, spaces are inserted between keywords, to make 31 DATA 72,138,72,152,72,8,32,228,255,
things easier to read. 2 <U,191,208,3,238,32,208,201,174,
So when you type almost any one of these programs, you will
get errors because some lines don't fit the 80<haracter limit. 32 DATA 3,238,33,208,201,13,208,235,
When you encounter such a line, just delete the spaces between 169,0,173,198,40,104,168,104,170,
keywords, and everything will be well. Trust me. I'M,162

Next month, we'll go back to our more usual potpourri of tips 37 DATA ^8,160,203,142,6,3,140,7,3,
and tricks. Send your submissions to: 120,16?,70,142,20,3,140,21,3,88
Louis F. Sander 3d DATA 96,72,173,14],2,201,1,240,249,
P. 0. Box 101011 104,76,26,167,165,197,201,64,240,22
Pittsburgh. PA 15237 35 DATA 201,7,240,21,165,215,201,133,
Ifyou put your name and addivss on every piece ofpaper, you'll 240,32,201,134,240,28,201,135,240,

avoid the heartbreak of being an "Address Unknown."


36 DATA 136,240,20,76,49,234,166,145,
W Sixpack Plus: This utility for the 64 gives life to the "dead" 224,251,2 08,8,162,24,160,0,24,32,
240
function keys, adds a no-scroll feature, and allows quick cursor
37 DATA 255,76,49,234,166,154,224,3,
movement to the bottom-left comer of the screen. It also allows
208,247,56,233,n3,10,10,10,10,24,
screen color adjustments with easy key combinations.
105,152
Written in machine language for speed, Sixpack Plus can be
38 DATA 133,251,169,203,133,252,160,0,
used with BASIC and many machine language programs, in
177,?51,240,225,32,210,255,200,208,
cluding the DOS 5.1 wedge utility program. 246
Programmers can change the ASCII values in lines 39 and 40
39 DATA 68,65,84,65,32,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
to customize the function key commands. Each can be up to 15
characters long, except for F7 (that one-screen contest limit, you
**,0,0,0,76,7Q,65,68,3 4,36,34,44,56,
0,0
know!). But if you add another line of DATA statements and in
40 DATA 0,0,0,0,0,86,69,82,73,70,89,
crease the 204 in line 20, F7 can be made to print longer strings. 34,42,74,44,56,0,0,0,0,0,76,7 3,83,
Here's a guide to the features: 84,0
1. Fl prints the keyword DATA
2. F3 prints LOAD"$",8 Reach! This is an unusual fast-action game with great play ap
3. F5 prints VERIFY":i;",8 peal and considerable addictive potential. It lacks color, sound,
4. F7 prints LIST sprites and graphics, but it sure doesn't lack much else!
5. SHIFT and SHIFT LOCK act as No-Scroll keys when us In play, single-moving digits appear along the bottom of the
ing the LIST command. screen, waiting for you to launch them by pressing the spacebar.
6. [CTRL DOWN] moves the cursor to the bottom left "home" When you press it, the moving digit jumps upward to the top of
position. the screen, where it sticks to the first thing it touches—either
7. SYS 51968 makes the cursor disappear temporarily, letr the bar at the top of the screen or a previously-launched digit.
ting you use [COMMODORE B] to change the border color The object of the game is to amass a high score by positioning
and [COMMODORE S] to change the screen color. Press the digits along the top bar in optimum positions.
RETURN to get your cursor back when you're finished. Your score on any "launch" is determined by the launched
Simultaneously pressing STOP and RESTORE will disable Continued an page 125

16 DECEMBER 1988
.. Now. vouYo'macL Real!
See shrapnel flying through
'flamed. So assess your losses
the air like its the 4th qf^
aim yourguris and turn your
July, without a picnic.
enemy into fish food.
If you're still floating
- ON EOF THE MOST POPULAR when it's all
GAMES OF ALL TIME GOMES over, you'll
TO LIFE ON THE COMPUTER. be honored in
As commander of a a glorious.
powerful naval fleet, well-deserved
you'll see destroyers victory
a'nu1 carriers sinking in celebration.
a cloud of smoke.
Watch planes strafing
by so low, you'll
practically feel the
tiilotg breathing.

Battleship, So rear,' *';'


you'll taste the salt water.
Sink your opponent faster j ->
(fad easier using an
EPYXbigb ' :.Jti
Commodore 64/128, performance" - - J j
, MariST.lBM joystick.- -1 j ■ '?■
Battleship i
mflrkofMilttinHrsiI!c\
used under'

FPWf
I Millor, Bradley-
All rights resen-ed.;
Screens from
Atari SI
Compiled by Louis F. Sander

T" fere are more wonderful game tips for your 64 or 128. Many with, or give him another airplane spin. When he falls, pin him.
AM. of them also work on the Amiga, Atari, Apple or IBM ver Nathan Jones
sions of the software. With only a month between issues, we have Baltimore, MD
no way to test every tip that we print. A ml many of the tips require
skill as well as plain knowledge. So don't be too upset if every Defender of the Crown: When you begin play, Conquer sur
nugget doesn't work exactly as described. rounding lands and build up your army, including a catapult, as
Send your own game tips to: soon as possible. Once you have a good-sized army, attack one of
The Gold Mine the Normans. Don't delay in raiding a Norman castle by joust
P.O. Box 101011 ing, raiding and the like, because that gives too much time for
Pittsburgh, PA 15237 the Normans to conquer more land and Saxons.
Use a separate sheet for each game, and combine all tips for one Don't attack Saxons until later in the game, because they are
game onto one sheet. Please include your name and address on a great help in delaying Norman attacks.
each sheet. And whatever you do, remember—Gold Mine Rules! Also, leave the Norman castle on Cornwall for the last, be
cause it is much easier to defeat and can only attack you on one
side. Remember, attacking one Norman at the beginning of the
Alternate Reality: The City: A character's experience is gained game is much easier than having to deal with all three Nor
partly from combat and partly from items found. To advance a mans later.
character quickly, save your potions; using potions in the same When jousting, get used to the amount of time that is avail
game they are found will often have bad results. able to make your shot. When you know when to shoot, press the
James Jackson button while pulling the joystick downward. If you miss, you can
Chicago, IL sometimes save yourself by lowering your pole and pressing the
button. (Remember—don't hit the horse).
Ramon L. Colinavo
Breakthru: On the first level when you get to the tunnel, you Los Angeles, CA
can drive up on the wall and you won't be hit by anything in the
tunnel! Never touch the ceiling though, as you'll immediately be Delta Patrol: Here are some hints for various stages of this
killed. game:
On the second level, the lower bridge is easier to cross because Stage 4: Don't shoot the second and fourth attack waves (they
it has fewer and shorter breaks. decrease your credits). Get the fish weapon, but do not get the
Doug Cross protector.
Sellersburg, IN Stage 9: Don't shoot the third and fourth attack waves.
Stage 10: You must get the multiple-fire icon so you can get past
California Games: Tb score high in Suifing, follow these direc stage 12.
tions to do a 360-degree turn in the air: Stage 11: Instead of moving around the asteroids, which is al
1. Build up speed; get ahead of the "tube." most always fatal, stay where you begin and keep firing.
2. Ride off the wave. Stage 12: Kill off the first attack wave; it will get you a credit.
3. Push your button and move the joystick left. Stage 13: Don't shoot the second and fourth attack waves.
4. Re-enter the wave at the opposite angle you left. Stage 14: Stay in the middle of the screen and keep firing: you
Justin Stephenson should get 20,000 points or more.
Evansville, IN Stage 15: The fifth wave decreases your credits.
Contributor Unknown
Championship Wrestling: Kick and punch your opponent until
his energy' is low. Give him an airplane spin until the computer Fist: When you enter a room with an opponent who seems too
automatically drops him. If he is still standing, push the joystick powerful for you, just back out or flip out of the room. When the
toward him to give him the custom move your wrestler comes

18 DECEMBER 1988
Gold Mine THE,MASTERS COLLECTION
opponent's scroll disappears, walk back in. Repeat the process
until you think you can beat him.
Todd Gunnerson

R THOSE WHO
Canaan, NH

Gunship: If you enjoy this popular simulation as much as I do,

« WANTED
then having even one of your engines shot out can be a real
downer. It can happen in any region, from Southeast Asia to
Western Europe, and all it takes is one bullet. If this happens to
you, and you just can't get the ship off the ground, jettison one or
two of your stores (Sidewinders, FFARS, or Helliires). This light
ens the load on the last struggling engine and will allow you to
lift off. Happy Flying!

THE WORLD...
Jason O'Brien
Medford, MA

Hardball!: If you want an edge over the computer in hitting,

BUT DIDN'T
here is how to get it. First play one-player mode with no Alt. Be
the visiting Champs. Substitute your pitcher for a non-pitcher
such as O'Brien. Then exchange positions with O'Brien and
Darien. Substitute Darien in pitching mode with another pitch
er like Moulini, then switch O'Brien with another second base
man like Jimenez. The result is that the pitcher has to bat for
the computer, but your pitcher doesn't hit. Darien hits instead!
SPECIFY
WHICH ONE.
Thomas Obarowski
Kew Gardens, NY

Karateka: On the second level entering the castle, a bird comes


out before each new guard and takes two arrows unless you de
feat him. When the music warns he's coming, try switching to Drop in on outer space
keyboard mode. This will give you an advantage, since the key and explore an eerie
board is more responsive than the joystick.
moonscape of monoliths
Jay Locklear -

.. ■ ■
and chasms. \bu're drilling
Address Unknown
to release explosive vapors
Kung Fu: On the fourth level there is an easy way to kill the
"on a space station where
Evil Twins: punch the one on the left in the stomach. nothing is quite what it
Contributor Unknown seems. Walls disappear
columns are really elevators,
The Last Ninja: In the Wilderness cross the Wastelands and kill pyramids generate energy:
the Samurais before you cross the water. Then when you get the
Magic, you won't waste time killing your enemies.
Tom Moore
Schererville, IN

Legacy of the Ancients: A Sapphire Coin and a Jeweled Crown


are located at the bottom of the Pirate's Lair Dungeon. The Sap
phire Coin is used to open the Lost Displays, which allow you to it's a complex vrorld with
go to the Pegasus, the Fest and the Four Jewels Dungeon. The rules all its own...And
Jeweled Crown is used the next time you speak to the caretak you'll need all die ingenuity
er—he will give you an Iran Key. you can muster to master
Peter Liang its secrets.
Ann Arbor, MI Amiga, Atari ST. Commodore
64/128, IBM & compatibles.
© 1988 Epyx, Inc. Screen
Legacy of the Ancients: The Seeds are located south of the TUlip from IBM. Game
program licensed ,
in the Castle. When you use them, the Seeds will allow you to be t from Incentiw
invisible so you can escape. However, if you attack a Guard or . Software Lid.
(UK.)® 1987
open a Chest while you are invisible, the effects of the Seeds will Incenthe
Software Ltd
wear off.
Peter Liang
Ann Arbor, MI
Continued on page 124

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 19
Reviewed by Scott A. May
64 AND 128 SOFTWARE REVIEWS

The Games:
Winter Edition
Computer: Commodore 64
Publisher: Epyx
600 Galveston Drive
Redwood City, CA&4063
Medium: Disk
Price: $39.95

Charged with the Olympic fever of


Calgary and Seoul. Epyx presents POSITION
The Games: Winter Edition. On the heels DRIFT
STEER
of five successful titles, the tradition con
COMTESTftHT 86.88 32.69
tinues.
Although it repeats some events from
the previous Winter Games, this is much
more than just a rehash of that title. In
cluded here are seven events, newly de
signed in cooperation with former U.S.
Olympic Team members. It is also the
first computer game to be licensed by the Figure Skating
U.S. Olympic Committee. Included here are seven This beautiful and complex event is un
In less creative hands, so many vari fortunately the game's weakest.
ations on a single theme would spell soft events, newly designed in Players custom design their own rou
ware overkill. But Epyx keeps the com tines, beginning with music to skate to:
cooperation with former U.S. fast, medium or slow: rock, jazz, romantic
petitive spirit as fresh today as it was five
years ago. As always, it's a mixed bag of Olympic Team members. and new wave. Next, as the music plays in
good and bad. some events stronger than the background, choreograph your routine
others. But taken as a whole, these selec from the eight moves available. Up to ten
tions represent an invigorating challenge al vision to watch for curves in the track individual moves may be performed in a
on par with the best of the series. and changes in direction. single routine.
Once again up to eight players may The event breaks from realism with the After mapping out your performance,
compete in The Games, each representing inability to crash your sled—going over move to the arena and recreate your mas
a country of their choice. Following the ex the edge or simply toppling in the middle terpiece on ice. The animation here is ab
ceptionally well-crafted opening screens, of the track. Knowing you can't crash re solutely petfect. featuring a graceful fe
players are presented with the familiar moves some of the thrill. male skater spotlighted before an anxious
options menu. Here you may compete or crowd. Even the shadow cast by the light
practice any or all events, view the World Cross Country Skiing shifts and changes effortlessly.
Records, select number ofjoysticks and This event allows one player to compete Pretty graphics do not make a great
view opening/closing ceremonies. When against a computer pacer or two players to event, however. Figure Skating suffers
all players have signed in, The Games: face off head-to-head. Players are given a from a number of flaws. The most appar
Winter Edition begins. choice of 1, 2 or 5 km runs. ent is weak documentation, which man
Here players are introduced to the fa ages to stumble all over itself hying to ex
The Luge miliar "rhythm method" ofjoystick con plain the impossible. And what it doesn't
The luge is to a bobsled what a jet is to trol used repeatedly in the Epyx Games want to explain, it simply leaves out.
an airplane. Players compete one at a series. The key to success is to simply None of the skater's moves, for example,
time in this event, choosing from four move the joystick right and left in con are even mentioned in the manual.
unique tracks of various difficult}'. junction with your on-screen skier's legs. What must have sounded good on paper
Eye/hand coordination means every Holding the fire button causes the skier to went woefully awry on the computer
thing in this fast-moving event. Scoring is "step up" when losing ground on hills and screen. Players are required to memorize
based on speed, and speed is achieved by "double pole" when descending. when each move is to be executed in time
keeping the luge dead center in the track. Speed and endurance are the name of with the music. Unfortunately, all players
Three meters at the bottom of the this game. Not exactly a thrilling event, choreograph the routines one after an
screen—steer, drift and position—monitor players should select the longest course other. By the time the last players hit the
your movements. for the greatest challenge. In spite of ice, they have little hope of remembering
Despite the detailed graphics and ani beautiful graphics and animation, it still their moves, let alone when to execute
mation, players should control their luge pales in comparison to the Biathlon event them.
with the meter display. Use your peripher- in Winter Games. Continued on page 108

20 DECEMBER 1988
What can you do about the drug work with. We're talking "rookie" If you're not thinking every minute,
problem in America? Play LA rookie. Zero experience. you might just spend all evening
Crackdown. \bu'll need to architect his waiting on a street comer for a
That's what. every move. TOch him photograph suspect whds never coming.
You're the vet clues. Plant bugs.Tail suspects. And L.A. Crackdown. If you think
eran detective. question everyone from seedy your nervous system can handle
Your assign thugs and crooked chemists to the surprise action and tricky men
Hw run butf the thugi ami I
ment is to
the ii arehuusv. built in ihr iuine slick international heavies. tal clues, there's only
uncover a major ring bent on dis You'll also need to draw on one thing you needj
tributing an evil synthetic drug. every strategy brain cell available. to do. Move to LA
You've got the highest of high-
tech surveillance vans to work L.A.CRACKDOWN
from. You've also got a rookie to
Commodore 64/128. IBM &
i ompallbtes, Apple II& itim WEPYX
64 AND 128 SOFTWARE REVIEWS Reviewed by Mark Cotone

Force 7 able one-player contest.


On Karis. the search will center on a
Computer: Commodore 64
six-level fabrication plant, the only
Publisher: DataSoft
stronghold where colonists could have pos
19808 Nordhoff Place
sibly survived. The floor plan is a maze of
Chatsworth, CA 91311
rooms, corridors, doorways and dead ends
Medium: Disk
infested with the most bizarre variety of
Price: $19.99
grotesque killers imaginable. Not only
must you work at plotting a course to the
If imitation is sincerely a form of flat
endangered humans, but you will also
tery, then I bet I can name a couple of
have to find some way of blasting or dodg
entertainment entrees that software pro
ing a never-ending swarm of invaders in
grammer Ken Grant is absolutely crazy
about. Mr. Grant is the designer of a new
The floor plan is a maze of tent on having you for lunch.
The most common enemy will be the
action-strategy game from DataSoft rooms, corridors, doorways Alien Soldiers, relentless crab-like crea
called Force 7, and after a session or two
with his contest, you'll probably get the and dead ends infested with tures that move in patterned masses, con
verging and cornering any crew member
feeling that he's spent more than a few
afternoons at the arcade hall feeding
the most bizarre variety of who happens into their line of sight. Back
ing these killers are groups of breeders
quarters to a Gauntlet machine, and more grotesque killers imaginable. named Beating Hearts, repulsive-looking
than a few evenings at home running and
rerunning a copy of the Aliens movie monsters whose only known purpose is to
through his VCR. For if you were to fuse As the game begins, you and your crew spawn more murdering Soldiers. And
these two divergent hits together, you of six have just shaken off the cobwebs of even in death this enemy remains danger
would get the look and feel ofForce 7. And the suspended animation sleep. Your goal ous, for when they are killed their acid
it's quite an exciting combination. is to search and rescue any and all of the look instantly burns holes clear through
The game's action takes place on Karis, planet's human inhabitants who may the floor; smoldering cavities whose mere
a fictional planet out in the far reaches of have survived. As your team is preparing touch can mean lights out. Frightened?
the galaxy. A few months ago Karis sent to teleport to Karis' surface, an alarming Wait. The fun's only beginning.
out an urgent distress signal, but before discovery is made. During travel, it ap Even more puissant are a flock of inde
any concrete details could be related pears as if your ship encountered a dense structible bubbling balls of fire known as
about this assault, communications sud meteor storm, destroying all but a single Lava Monsters. These hall monitors roll
denly went silent. Duly alarmed, you, the life support suit. This means that only one around trying to catch you and fry you
commander of Force 7, a special crack team member can beam down at a time, alive. And then there's the most threaten
combat unit, hustled your troops into the an unfortunate twist that severely height ing menace of all, the Alien Leaders.
hibernation capsules of a waiting star ship ens the danger of the mission and conve Insect-like freaks looking remarkably
and blasted off to solve the Karis mystery. niently transforms the game into a work- Continued on page 112

Alien Nation Annihiliation alize anywhere—with a penchant for treme cases, it may even be necessary to
Improving Force Score showing up at the most inopportune sacrifice another soldier to protect your
times—their enormous size prohibits last Reader. It may sound cruel, but the
Before you go and blindly lead your them from pursuing your men through a alternative is a failed mission.
crew into a disastrous death trap, take a doorway. Whenever your Motion Detector • When you are teleporting onto a new
moment or two to devise a tactical game warns you of an approaching Leader, level for the first time, always drop your
plan. Reflexes alone will not beat these move inside a room, fend off any menaces self into an area that affords some protec
alien breeds. The force 7 instruction man that might be roaming about, and wait by tion and/or escape routes. Who knows
ual includes a Strategy section which is the door. If the Leader appears in the what will be waiting for you when you ma
sure to lay a good foundation for maneu room with you, quickly duck out into the terialize? Ammunition supply rooms and
vering and attacking. Below, I've also add hallway and shoot back through the open food storage areas are labeled on the over
ed a few tips of my own to help you along. door to cut him down. If, on the other head computer maps and are usually one
• Whenever one of your surrogates hand, the Leader rises outside the room, of the safest bets.
happens upon a room filled with ammuni simply remain stationary and use the • This final point is mentioned in the
tion or food, take the time to bring down same doorway from your inside position. manual's tips, but it's important enough
each member of the crew so that they can • In this rescue mission, although you to be reiterated. Whenever you enter a
all eat their fill and reload their weapons. are obviously trying to keep all of your room full of Alien Soldiers, you can be
Your prudence will be rewarded during soldiers healthy, it is vitally important sure a reproducing Beating Heart is at
crunch time, when you don't have to wor that you remember to keep at least one of work nearby. She should be the number
ry about anyone being fatigued or low on the three crew Blueprint Readers alive. one priority for destruction. Only after
supplies in the heat of battle. Without their assistance, it is impossible you track and annihilate her will the
• Although Alien Leaders can materi- to be teleported from floor to floor. In ex- Alien Soldier generating stop. g

22 DECEMBER 1988
CALIFORNIA GAMES.

STATE OF INTE

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that take the
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Summer
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[ Winter Games'," and World
Garnes™ wax it down and load
it on the roof.
Try shredding the face of a
totally tubular wave. Join the
airforce in a BMX bike race.
Screech around on skates
and then rocket off the
skateboard ramp.
You'll be playing
BMX Wh>
ofchampion for sponsors like
IOcean Pacific, NHS
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Del Mar, Kawasaki, and Uuwcli a lew tntnfi-tlw-hp irithyatir
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So get air. Go crazy, calii '■ ' ■ -,

EPYX
Welcome to the state
of California.
•potibles. IBM& Compatibles. Amiga
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DRIVE OF YOUR UFE!

\
Sit down and grab on! You're Hot car. Hot music. Hot scenery—
driving the fastest and most beaches, cities, snowy mountains,
beautiful machine on 4 wheels! deserts and the blonde next to
So kick up the engine revs, down you will tempt you to take your
shift the gears, hear the tires eyes off the road. At close to
squeal and grab the pavement— 300 KPH, our advice to you is
on your computer! a 4-letter word. DON'T.
UNLEASHES ARCADE
ACTION ON YOUR
HOME COMPUTER!

Out Run. One of the big Space Harrier. You are Alien Syndrome. Genetic
gest arcade hits ever, and Harrier, the extra-terres lab overrun by hideous
me ultimate motor-sports trial warrior. Space is your organic mutations! Scien
simulation. Now you can battlefield. Your mission tists captured! Activate the
bring the action home! is to save the Land of lab's self-destruct mecha
With 4.4 liters under the Dragons from the vicious nism! Break in and blast
hood, you're driving a followers of the vile one- away the slimy hordes
beast of a machine only eyed mammoth. Grab and (he biggest, most gro
top drivers attempt to your laser blaster because tesque muiants guarding
drive. Can you handle it? fhis game is 100% action, the doors. Can you do it
Maybe. Maybe not. non-stop clashes, power before the bomb explodes?
ful combat scenes.

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Impossible
Impossible
Mission 2 Mission 2
Computer: Commodore 64 combines a
Publisher: Epyx
600 Galveston Drive unique blend
Redwood City, CA 94063
Medium: Disk
of strategy,
Price: $29.95 arcade action,
graphics
Just when you thought you had saved us and sounds
from the evil mastermind Elvin, along
comes Impossible Mission 2 from Epyx, to come up
and this time he is planning to take over
with one of
the world! While the title screen is dis
played, you will hear Elvin's sinister the best
greeting; "Another visitor! Stay a while,
stay forever!" accompanied by excellent game sequels
background music. You, as the agent's top
ever.
sleuth must enter the high-rise complex
and stop Elvin from destroying us all!
to floor. Your job must be carried out in your qualifications, right? Oh, but we've
Not Just Another Deranged four parts (as if one weren't enough), each overlooked one important detail: time. All
Lunatic vitally important to the next. of the above-mentioned requirements
When you think of Elvin two words First, you must assemble a three-digit must be completed before the missiles
come to mind: psychotic genius. He is security code for each passage connecting launch, allowing you precisely eight hours
smart enough to be the leading expert on to a different area of the tower. Do this by to stop them. Hall of this sounds just too
robotics, computers and codes, yet evil standing in front of an object in a room difficult (wimp!) then perhaps we should
enough to want world dominance. There while pressing the joystick forward. This take a closer look at our best friend.
fore, he is entrenched on the top floor causes a box to appear over the agent's
(probably because of the lack of oxygen to shoulder with a horizontal time line indi The Pocket Computer
his brain) of an eight-story "tower-of- cating how long the search will take for Lucky for you the agency knew what
doom." that particular object. Once the search is they were up against when they asked
Inside this tower Elvin has constructed complete, you will find a passcode number, you to stop Elvin. They have equipped you
his own rooms laced with six different a security terminal command icon, an ex with a highly sophisticated pocket com
kinds of robots: security (shoot high elec tension of time, or you might wind up puter with many great functions to help in
trical beams at any movement near him), empty handed. your quest. Your pocket computer can per
minebots (drop mines which detonate Second, you must seek out and open El form the following functions: locate you in
when stepped on), pestbots (ride lift plat vin's safes and recover the musical se Elvin's complex by showing your current
forms to mess up the player's strategy), quence which is locked inside. You will position, help you assemble the passcode
squatbots (use them as stepping stones to find six different pieces of music located which allows you to move from one pas
leap higher in the air), bashbots (will ei throughout the complex and two duplicate sage to another, record and play back
ther push you off a ledge or smash you pieces to throw you off guard. Once you musical sequences, and show exactly how
into an object!, and suicidebots (the same have a musical sequence, you must either much time you have to complete the mis
as a bashbot, but will kill itself with you). record it before moving to the next pas sion. Just how secure are you?
Tb top everything off, each room is a maze sage or lose it forever (thus preventing
in which you must maneuver to find cer you from completing the game). Your Security Blanket
tain important objects vital to your mis Third, you must tie these musical se Inside each room Elvin has constructed,
sion. So just what is your mission? quences together to form a fiill melody you will find at least one security terminal
which opens the express doors to an eleva to help make your life less stressful. To ac
An Agent's Job is Never Done tor that will lead you to Elvin's main con tivate a terminal, stand in front of it and
When you first start the game, you will trol room. press the joystick forward. This will call
find yourself in one of four different pas Finally, you must find the correct com up the security screen with six different
sages inside Elvin's tower of doom. Each puter terminal in Elvin's control room options. These are: reset lift platforms,
passage contains six different floors, in that will disarm the missile launch codes move floor segments left or right, deacti
which you will find one room to explore. before the world (and you) are destroyed! vate robot(s), turn lights on in darkened
You must ride an elevator to get from floor Sounds simple enough for someone with Continued on page 66

26 DECEMBER 1988
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Silent Service. For the Commodore author. Copyright 1986 by Jack Ryan E ■ ^sLtd. and Larry Bond.
Software I 19B8 by MicroProse SortwarJH™|BML9hls Reserved.
64/128 systems and soon for IBM/PC
64 AND 128 SOFTWARE REVIEWS Reviewed by 8ob Guerra

Paperclip
also add bold, italics, underlining, super
Publisher
POWE
scripts, subscripts and several other use
ful and decorative enhancements to your
text files. What's more, headlines of up to
Computer: Commodore 64
250 characters can be added using the
Publisher: Electronic Arts
program's "Quicktext" tool.
1820 Gateway Drive Likewise, although graphic elements
San Mateo, CA &4404
can be pulled into your documents from a
Medium: Disk
variety of programs such as Newsroom,
Price: $49.95
Outrageous Pages, and PrintMaster, there
Desktop publishing is an application is a simple graphics editor included with
that taxes a computer's memory and Paperclip Publisher. While this is great
processing power as much as any data for touching up and resizing graphics be
base or spreadsheet program. Just imag fore inserting them into your documents,
ine the calculations required to keep 50 you'll probably want to use a more sophis
pages of text and graphics in current ticated graphics program to produce any
memory while accurately displaying page complex drawings from scratch.
layout on your screen and quickly refresh With Paperclip Publisher, besides sim
ing the on-screen image to reflect changes ply drawing a bunch of boxes and filling
to either element. Considering the inher them with words and pictures, you can
ent limitations of a 64K, eight-bit ma choose from a wide variety of background
chine like the Commodore 64, some would patterns, border styles and styles of text
argue that desktop publishing is an appli Fortunately, the designers alignment, and these attributes can be set
cation better left to more powerful person individually for each box. Unfortunately,
realized that, despite a few
al computers. Fortunately, the designers whatever attributes you assign to a box,
of Paperclip Publisher realized that, de limitations, the 64 is a you can never change its square shape.
spite a few limitations, the 64 is a ma Therefore, text can't be wrapped around
chine that, programmed creatively, can machine that, programmed irregularly shaped graphics.
handle almost any job. creatively, can handle The only other complaint I have about
Paperclip Publisher comes with a clear Paperclip Publisher is the trade-off that
ly written, well-organized manual that in almost any job. you must make between speed and the on
troduces you to the program and takes screen display of your pages. If you choose
you on a "guided tour" of its major fea Before adding text or graphics to your to have all elements within your boxes
tures. Five tutorials are included to take blank pages, you must create boxes into displayed on-screen as you edit the layout,
you from the initial design of a newsletter, which your page elements will be poured. each box has to be redrawn and every text
to finishing touches and, ultimately, to Like most Paperclip Publisher functions, or graphic file used on the current page
cranking it out on your printer. Tb help boxes are created by selecting the appro has to be reloaded from disk and redrawn.
you get started, sample text files are in priate tool or icon from the right side of Needless to say, having to wait for all this
cluded on the program disk, as well as sev the screen. The length and width of each to occur each time you make a small alter
eral examples of clip art. In addition, five box can be easily adjusted to create col ation can quickly kill any creative sponta
fonts—Courier, Helvetica, Times, Side umns and graphic frames of any size. The neity you may have had at the outset of a
ways and Symbol—each in four sizes, are boxes you create to hold text can be linked project. Once the contents of each box
included with the program. together so that text will flow appropriate have been formatted to your satisfaction,
After making a back-up copy of the pro ly from column to column, and even from however, you can choose to display only
gram disk (PajX'rclip Publisher is not copy page to page. While Papeivlip Publisher the boxes without their contents as you
protected), specify the printer you'll be us can handle documents of up to 50 pages, a make fine adjustments to the layout.
ing, and creating a work disk, you can be single document may contain only 60 While it would be great to see all of your
gin to design and lay out the pages of your boxes, so for practical applications your page elements while making these
publishing project. Your page can be ei document's maximum number of pages changes, the speed you gain by emptying
ther letter size (8" x 11") or legal size will usually be considerably less than 50. the on-screen boxes is often more impor
(8" x 14"), or you can specify a custom page The text you use to fill your boxes can tant than seeing the contents of all boxes
size (smaller than 8" x 14") by clicking on be prepared in advance using any of sev at all times.
length and width arrows that alter the eral popular word processors, or created No matter what type of desktop pub
page size in '/i-inch increments. iThe with the program's built-in text editor. lishing system you use, creating a profes
smallest page size you can create will de While the text editor isn't designed to sional-quality newsletter takes carefiil
pend on your choice of a default printer.) take the place of your favorite word pro planning, an eye for attractive design, and
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28 DECEMBER 1988
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Dragon's Lair
the game. It's a grueling gauntlet. In a
Computer: Commodore i'A walk through, purists might note that not
Publisher: Software PrqjeetB, Inc. all of the original challenges have sur
Distributor: Electronic Aits vived the transition. But the ones that
1820 Gateway Drive have been chosen for the adaptation bring
San Mateo, CA 94404 home, in one shape or another, some of the
Medium; Disk more memorable moments from the origi
Price: $19.99 nal. There are white water rapids to be
rafted, flying horses to be tamed, enemy
It doesn't seem that long ago. but it was knights to be vanquished, falling plat
way back in '83 when Don Bluth's forms to be flown and raging infernos to
Dragon s Lair coin-op burst onto the be crossed—just to name a few of the
scene, igniting choruses of oooh's and For the uninformed, let me introduce awaiting tasks. The computer renditions
aaah's from wide-eyed video players ev the principal cast. Daphne is the beautiful might differ somewhat in appearance
erywhere. This was a time when arcade daughter of a wealthy unnamed king in and/or perspective fi-om their coin-op
audiences were starting to thin out, tired some faraway fantasy land. Singe is a de counterparts, but the designers, working
of finding the same hackneyed game in mented, greedy dragon who has just kid within the parameters of their medium,
gredients hidden behind thin facades napped Daphne, threatening to kill her have certainly succeeded in capturing the
sporting little more than creative titles unless he receives the proverbial king's spirit of each match.
and imaginative window dressing. But ransom. And then there's Dirk the Dar Dragon's Lair's draw has always been
this newcomer was going to turn the tide ing, your fearless surrogate knight who its unique look, but when judging \isuals,
and demand attention by exhibiting some has always admired Daphne from afar, it would seem impractical to measure the
extraordinary guts. For behind the knobs, and is now willing to risk everything to computer version against its videodisc
glass and wood of this game's cabinet was save her soul. Isn't love grand? Singe, a predecessor. They're two different style
a revolutionary computerized videodisc crafty creature, has taken his royal bait machines. But even when you compare its
system, a game foundation unlike any and imprisoned her in the secret caverns performance against other Commodore
thing else that had ever swallowed a carved deep beneath his enchanted castle. games, Software Projects' offering is still a
quarter. In his rescue attempt, Dirk must battle mixed bag. On the whole, the background
But that was five years ago, and the fer his way through a fortress filled with graphics are superb, providing a variety of
vor has since subsided. Can you still re Singe's henchmen, creatures and traps, clear, colorful environments for all of
member Daphne, Dirk and Singe? Did ultimately facing the old fire-breather Dirks antics. Crisscrossing cobwebs,
you ever even meet them? Well, whether himself in a climatic underground show etched stone hallways and boiling mud
these names evoke fond memories or draw down. ponds are just some of the specifics that
complete blanks, Software Projects, Inc., The confrontations that stand between deserve applause for bringing each scene
with the distributive help of Electronic Dirk and his lady are some of the most to life. Yet, when judging the animated ac
Arts, would once again like to make them outrageous trials ever to measure the tion that is portrayed across these back
the topic of players' discussions. With depth of love-fueled endurance. Seventeen drops, sometimes the designers fall short.
their new Dragon's Lair release for the different tests of strength, dexterity and Every so often. Dirk's moves tend to be
Commodore 64. the famed adventure is perseverance have been devised, each pre come extremely jerky, trading off any illu-
back for more. sented as a distinct arcade game within Continuetlon page 112

most room for error if you're caught off • Dungeons of the Lizard King: Unless
Burning Singe: guard and blown backwards. the very tip of the Lizard's jeweled cane
Taking a Fire Breather • Burning Rope: Remember, it's up to makes contact with your head, you can't
you to leap off the stone elevator as it be harmed. So if the Lizard is closing in
One of the biggest advantages the com takes you up to each level. If you miss and winding up for a hit, quickly turn and
puter version o( Dragon's Lair has over your floor, you're more than likely to get move into him. This will put you inside
the original is that Software Projects actu burned. the cane's swath and out of danger. Then,
ally packages an instruction pamphlet to • Ramps and Giddy Goons: You don't when he relaxes, run like hell.
help outline the goal in each of the game's have to be on the same ramp as a goon to • Magical Flying Horse: If you can't
17 stages. Refer to your instruction pam give him a fatal taste of your sword. react quickly enough to avoid the oncom
phlet for some useful background any Whack one of these weirdos from an adja ing obstacles, push your joystick all the
time you enter a new stage. And if you cent ramp, and it'll make jumping a lot way to the left and hold it there. This
still get stuck, perhaps one of the tips I've less hazardous. seems to put Dirk in an invulnerable posi
listed below will be of some assistance. • Ye River Caves: When you get to the tion for a free ride to the next level.
• Falling Platforms: Always return to river's whirlpools, pull yourjoystick back • Mud Monster: To cross the gorge, see
the platform's center after each gust. This as you enter each new screen. This will if you can't draw the wrath of the biggest
will put you in a ready position for wind buy you some extra time to survey the sit Monster on the block. In this case, a little
from any direction, and also afford you the uation and plot a course. mudslinging could be beneficial. g

30 DECEMBER I9SS
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Vampire's
Empire The game is
Computer: Amiga divided into
Publisher: DigiTek Software, Inc.
104 W. Seneca 240 screens
Suite 4
Tampa, FL 33612 and can be
Price: $44.95
thought of as
It is late at night when you discover the one giant
Count's lair, finally you have located
the evil underground "Doom-of-Gloom."
underground
As you open the door, a cold chill enve maze!
lopes your body. Gazing down into the lair
you see nothing, yet you know that evil is
all around. You quickly check your sup
plies: a handful of garlic, reflective mir
rors and a magic ball. Then you go down
the stairs to set out on your quest. This
is the setting for Vampire's Empire from lie at the right time, the evil creatures will My third complaint has to do with the
DigiTek Software. drain your blwd. Your blood supply is in way Dr. Van Heising throws garlic. In
dicated at the far right of the screen. The stead of his arm appearing to pull back to
The Quest game will end when you have been throw it, it seems as if he spits at them (it's
You are Dr. Van Helsing, vampire hunt drained of all your blood (ouch!), and you quite humorous to see). However, these
er, who has vowed to rid the Earth of will find youiself starting over. are just minor complaints, I found many
Count Dracula himself. Sounds like a Tb advance from one level to the next, good points as well.
simple job for a man of your standards, you must collect certain artifacts, climb Vampire's Empire is a very exciting ar
but one thing that will not be simple is the up ladders, go down slides and even fall cade-style adventure game. The graphics,
control of that mystic light—which is re through some trap doors. Depending on music and sound effects are veiy nicely
quired to kill the Count. In your journey which level you are in, certain things done. The screens scroll very smoothly—
you will also find many vile creatures must be done to advance. In some cases truly a plus! I have had a lot of fun play
which will try to stop you from completing you will find yourself wandering around ing Vampire's Empire, and 1 think you
your mission. These creatures range from ! in a circle. Tb get out of this, you must will too. So, if you are looking for a fright
ordinary love-crazed ugly female vam touch a certain area of the wall, collect all fully good game, this one is it!
pires to the not-so-ordinary ghouls hang the artifacts far that level, and fall
ing from the ceiling, not to mention the through certain traps. Vanquishing the Vampire
trap doors. The object of the game is to The game is divided into 240 screens • Never stand in one spot for a long pe
find Count Dracula and destroy him. and can be th aught of as one giant under riod of time. If you do, the monsters will
Sounds simple right? Wrong! In order for ground maze! When you do reach Count find you and will drain much of your
you to do so, you must have full control Dracula, the t-creen will be enlarged, so blood. Tb avoid this, move Dr. Van Helsing
over the magic light. To do this you must you see close-ups of both the Count and every few seconds.
position mirrors in the proper places Dr. Van Helsing while scary music plays • Avoid getting artifacts that are on
throughout the game in order for the light in the background. This is the grand trap doors. These artifacts are "dummies"
to reach the Count. If you find Dracula finale of the game; it must be seen to be and will only make you fall through the
without the magic light, then prepare to appreciated. trap. If you fall through, the artifact will
be drained! still be there. Don't worry, it's not needed
Summary to complete your quest.
Game Play I found three minor faults with Vam • If you ever find yourself wandering
You will find yourself exploring differ pire's Empire. The first and most impor around in circles, then you have either not
ent areas of the game, ranging from the tant is the feet that they left out a pause collected all the artifacts or touched a se
upper to lower regions. As you walk along, feature in the game. This can cause some cret door. So make sure all artifacts have
the screen will scroll in the direction you serious problems when you want to take a been collected for the level you are in and
are going. Soon you will meet up with break and the monsters are all over you. explore carefully.
some of the evil characters. Tb ward them Second, I would have liked the title mu • Make sure that you are in the same
off, throw garlic at them (by pressing the sic playing throughout the game instead level the light is at all times. This is very
fire button in the direction you are going). of no music at all (even better would have difficult to do, but if you lose the light, you
If you do not succeed in throwing the gar- ; been the option to toggle music oft/on). can not destroy Dracula. g

32 DECEMBER 1988
[[ Lucasfilm on theArtand Science ofEntertainment ]]

New Hope for


Battered Story Gamers.
"T
HERE'S A LOT I LIKE Not with Lucasfilm's you 11 get into major hot
about computer adven new "point'n' click " water all right, but you'll
tures, but it sure isn't interface, though. have the fun of getting out
fun getting killed all the All the words you need of it, too.
time. That's why Maniac are right on the
Mansion is so refreshing— I Let's Get Crazy Together.
screen. Just click the
can play from start to finish cursor on them to Just pick up a copy of
without dying once!" choose characters, Maniac Mansion* the comedy
In Maniac Mansion? a movie-style
That's more than great fan objects, and actions. thriller about a kidnapped
"cut-scene"quickly establishes the
mail. It's a very astute obser characters' personalities. Now you can play an cheerleader, a very mad
vation. Because while most entire fifty hour
story games game without typing
treat a single word. Or
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Zak McKrackeiT" aver to the pawn shop
Less Gory.
you like the meat in the dog counter to buy a pair of nose glasses.
Most story game
food factory, Lucasfilm story interface, in most cases, re designers seem to think people
games treat you like a human mained in the swamp. love to get clobbered.
being who just wants some With conventional story We don't. After all, how
good dean fun. games, whenever you want much fun can it be to
1 he fun starts with an en your character to do something, have a fatal accident every
gaging plot, hot graphics and you type. And type. And type. three and a half minutes...
tasty puzzles. But what keeps Suppose you want to pick up then reload your saved game,
it going is a unique design a green leafy object. Well, you take a few timid steps for
that lets you play the game in might try typing, "pick up ward, and save it again.
stead of fighting the computer. plant!' If that doesn't work,you Seems more like paranoia scientist, and a hilariously
might !ry"bush, "shrub, "tree,' than entertainment. creepy rescue mission.
The No-Typing Interface. and so on. After a while, you That's why Lucasfilm Or Zak McKracken And The
Today's story games evolved might try a different form of story games make it down Alien MindbendersT where
from text adventures. The entertainment.
right difficult to die. Oh. you and a seedy tabloid jour
nalist save the world from
space aliens who want us all to
have the IQs of turnips.
You'll love the twisty plots
and the goofy characters. You'll
crack up constantly with the
zany one-liners and sight gags.
And you'll go just a little crazy
with the mind-bending puzzles.
Crazy, but nicely crazy.

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SOFTWARE REVIEWS Reviev/ed by Ervin Bobo

Softwood File selecting and dragging with the mouse

IISG pointer.
There are special functions fields in
Softwood, such as "Calc" fields that obtain
Computer: Amiga
information from amount fields. Assume
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Amount Paid is typed in the calculation
If there were only one good thing to say requester and the rest is automatic. The
about Softwood File IISG—or about program will not conduct math vertically
Softwood File IISG gives you
any of its previous incarnations—it would on screen, however you can add columns
be that this program makes the concepts the ability to store not only (e.g., Total Owed) on a printout.
of database management easily under Other special columns work as their
standable.
written information, but names imply: define a field as either "Pic
Almost two years ago, when many soft sound and graphics as well. ture" or "Sound" and when entering infor
ware and hardware manufacturers were mation into that column specify the path
trying cutesy-poo variations in naming as well as the IFF sound or graphic field
their products, one of the first database to accept it, these fields appeal' in a hori you wish to see, as in "DF1: Birds/Spar
managers was called MiAmiga File. A re zontal arrangement, looking like headers row". Tb recall these items, click on the
vised and improved edition followed in the on ruled chart paper. item name you wish to see or hear. In a
form of MiAmiga File II. Perhaps the In all versions of Softwood File, the two variance, there is a feature called "Slide-
Softwood Company, producers of all three file-viewing features have been both sim show" on the pull-down options menu and
titles, suddenly realized that a good prod ple and useable. Perhaps realizing that each picture in your file will be displayed.
uct doesn't require a cute name. lists are among the easiest ways of finding "Phone" is another special field. Find
Softwood File IISG (a title that may un and comparing information, Softwood File the record for John Smith, or whomever
fortunately cause some to think it's for an in its default mode shows all database re you wish to call, click on the Phone entry
Apple computer), gives you the ability to cords in a horizontal format that is divid while holding your telephone receiver
store not only written information, but ed into labeled field columns. With a typi close to your monitor's speaker, and
sound and graphics as well. cal address file as an example, your eyes Softwood File IISG will generate the prop
With any database manager the first scan the labels until you find "Last er tones for dialing. Obviously, this last
thing to do is to set up a format for the re Name," then scan down until you find will be used only by those who are incredi
cords you wish to keep, hi Softwood File, "Smith" nestled between "Slick" and bly lazy and those who wish to make use
you do this through a requester window "Spike"—assuming, of course, that your of every feature of the program.
where you enter the title for a field (e.g., file is sorted alphabetically according to The documentation included with
Address) and then click on a box that de surname. Softwood File IISG is good, though short.
scribes the type of information in that Should that record need changing, click At times, brevity is a blessing, but I would
field. The choices here are text, phone, on the first field in the record. You'll be have appreciated an index to make it easi
date, amount, etc.-Obviously, it is possible flipped to a "form view" screen where only er to find answers to specific feature-relat
to set up a file where every field is text that one record is presented, each field in ed questions. A further criticism is that
and thus capable of holding anything you a highlighted box that may be edited or the manual is for Softwood File II (though
put into it, and in some cases this may be rearranged as you wish. Editing is rather it does come with an SG sticker in place).
desirable. straightforward: click on the appropriate All the SG features are documented only
Usually, however, you'll want to be box and type over the old information. on an errata sheet stuck inside the front
more specific, for assigning the correct at Rearranging is also done with the mouse, cover. While I realize the cost of revising
tributes to a field will not only tell your by clicking and dragging the boxes until manuals is high, I still feel a quality prod
computer how the information should be you have them arranged as you wish. uct should be dressed with quality.
handled, but will also prevent man}' entry Note that this rearranging affects only Though the lack of math functions and
errors: if a field is tagged as a date field, it the printing of a record: there may be the lack of sophisticated sorting proce
will accept only information entered in a times, as in the printing of address labels, dures will prevent Softwood File IISG
date format; and an amount field will not where you wish to print only a portion of from being seriously considered for busi
accept text. what is in the record; at other times, you ness use, it is still a worthwhile program
As you create your fields, they appear may wish to change the arrangement of for the home or the small office and should
vertically in a smaller window that shows fields for a more coherent printout. make itself useful in many ways. With its
both the assigned title, the characteristics In similar fashion, the columns of infor ease of operation, it is also an ideal intro
and the length of the field. Once you've mation on the "list" screen can be rear duction to the sometimes hazy world of
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SOFTWARE REVIEWS Reviewed by Gary V Fields

Spellbound spoken by the computer's synthesized


voice. If the program is expecting (because
Computer: Amiga
Publisher: Learners Image
of the selected word list) the child to spell
ewe and he responds with you, he will be
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told that the word is wrong, even though
Price: $39.95 the word he wrote might have matched
the word he heard exactly. A human
Ages: 5-15 years
teacher in the same situation would prob
5pellbound is a friendly computerized Using colorful graphics and ably have targeted which word the child
was to spell with a sentence using the
teacher which lets young children
digitized and synthesized word like: "Spell ewe, as in a female sheep
learn and test their knowledge of words in
is called a 'ewe.'" In the program's de
three separate games. Using colorful voices, the game assumes
graphics, some animation, mild humor fense, if the child is working on a weekly
and a mixture of digitized and synthesized the role of a patient teacher. spelling list, he should know which
voices, the game assumes the role of a pa word—ewe or you—he is studying.
tient teacher. But what really makes must use the keyboard to input the cor Complaint 2: Because the voice used to
Spellbound such an excellent learning rectly-spelled word. speak the words from the spelling list is
tool is that it effectively creates a pleasant Each game cycles through the entire synthesized (instead of digitized), it is
learning environment for the student. spelling list (normally ten words). If the sometimes difficult to understand which
Before I describe the three games, let's child misses the same word twice, a most word it said. Tb help remedy this problem,
look at how you decide which list of words congenial voice will help the child by the game screen includes an icon which
the child will study. The game comes with speaking the correct word. I was happy to when clicked will repeat the word as mam
a healthy word list, but to get full advan find the voices displayed only one emo times as the child wishes. But after enjoy
tage of its teaching potential you'll want tional quality—caring. Thus there is no ing the clear, exact, understandable digi
to add more. This is done by selecting need for any child to dread the pleasant tized voice of the teacher, the less under
"Make A New Spelling List" from the teacher employed by Spellbound. The re standable synthesized voice of the com
main menu. Once selected, the parent or wards (all cbild-pleasers) come when the puter is a disappointment. Of course, if
teacher can load and edit an existing word child completes an assignment without the spell list were not spoken with the
list or input an entirely new list. This abil making a single mistake—the dog jumps Amiga's built-in voice, there would be no
ity makes it possible to add a child's cur through the hoop, the clown flies away or easy, affordable way for a parent or teach
rent weekly spelling lesson to the program in the case of the cannon is (with gentle, er to add to the spell list. To minimize the
disk. And because the game is not copy harmless humor) blown away. recognition problem, the "Make A New
protected and can be duplicated, there is I normally avoid using the adjective Spelling List" includes a translator which
no need to worry that a careless child "friendly" to describe software; because lets you adjust the way the computer
might destroy (or lose) this educational in the word was so abused by many develop sounds vowels and consonants. With this
vestment. For that same reason, the game ers in the early '80's, the phrase "user- option, you can get close, if not exactly
can even be installed on a hard disk if you friendly" lost all credence. But this pro sounded words to match those in the spell
wish. gram is truly friendly—in the most mean ing list—but never as good as a real hu
The three games are simple but effec ingful definition of the word. First the pro man's voice.
tive. "Match-It" presents a screen with a gram is easy to use. To begin, the child If anything these two complaints under
barking dog and a hoop of fire. A pleasant- simply points to one of four options (Spell- score why the computer, even one as good
sounding, digitized, male voice asks the It, Mix-It, Match-It or Make A New Spell as the Amiga, will never replace human
child to point at the word spoken by the ing List], clicks the mouse, and presto he teachers. As it stands, Spellbound is an
Amiga's synthesized voice. Tb respond, the or she is ready to go. But beyond that, the excellent teaching aid which does what it
child simply points at one of the three program succeeds in making the child feel was designed to do and does it very well. If
spellings offered and clicks the mouse. comfortable. I would even venture to de you have young children in your home
In the second game a clown tucked scribe the program as "loving," or at least and would like to put your Amiga to work
tightly away in a cannon appears, and the that is the impression it creates. This lov as a teacher, Spellbound is a wonderful
child is told to unscramble some letters to ing illusion is accomplished with a digi product which does just that. I recommend
spell a word. The list of correctly-spelled tized voice which talks to the user with a this one. And remember, that recommen
words from the current lesson is displayed true human voice filled with caring inflec dation comes from a parent who has tried
on both sides of the screen to help the tion. and been disappointed with dozens of
child. Again, to respond the child must I have only two complaints about the "educational" software programs which
type the correctly-spelled word. program. Complaint 1: Unlike a real preceded this one. Spellbound delivers
In the last game, "Spell-It," a clown teacher, Spellbound1?, instructor cannot what it promises—it helps children learn.
holding a fist full of inflated balloons ap tell the difference between the words you I just wish it had been around when I was
pears. Again a message (using mixed digi and the word ewe. When the child is asked young; if it had been perhaps I wouldn't
tized and synthesized voices) asks the to spell a word, no definition is given, just have to turn to my word processor's spell
child to spell a word. Tb respond, the child the request for the child to spell the word checker so often. g

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WordPlex
point you must type your guess into a re
Computer: Amiga quester window.
Publisher: PAR Software, Inc. I think most Amiga users will complain
P.O. Box 1309 that the game has too few "bells and whis
Vancouver, Washington 98(566 tles." I had hoped to find an animated
Price: §39.95 game host or perhaps a full-featured hos
$24.95 (three optional data tess to turn boxes, but none were found. A
disks) synthesized voice does tell you about the
games and announces the winner and the
correct answer to the puzzle. But unlike
the game Wheel OfFortune, there is no
studio filled with prizes displayed, no
Millions of TV viewers love game
women in tight dresses or humor from a
shows, and a good percentage of
large-toothed host.
that audience thinks the best show to ever
give away money is Wheel Of Fortune. Winning requires a good Without the "bells and whistles" what
remains is a well-done i if not visually ex
Hoping to benefit from that game's popu
degree of luck, a good citing! word game which puzzle solvers,
larity, WordPlex brings the same word
challenge and big bucks giveaways to the knowledge of both important word twisters and trivia whizzes will love.
Actually the current version of WordPlex
Amiga.
As those who have viewed Wfieel Of
and trivial facts and the is the second release of the same game for
the Amiga. The screen display in this up
Fortune (and who hasn't? i would expect, ability to spell. date is crisper, the letters larger, and the
WordPlex spins around the same "hang
man" premise. A window divided into spinning wheel takes up the entire screen
three rows of blank boxes appears. Next instead of only a corner. The box which
you are told those blanks represent words Plex will be the person who is better at de keeps track of guessed letters has also
ciphering puzzles rather than the one who been moved to just above the puzzle win
in a specific category such as phrase, cli
che, quotation, place, etc. In turn, each is lucky at spinning. But as is true of the dow, so it is easy to keep track of guessed
contestant (one to six can play) spins a real game, a few good (large amount or letters. The two buy vowel icons now spell
wheel and guesses a letter. If any of the free spin) or bad (bankrupt or lose spin) out the option (Select or Abort Vowel) in
words in the category contain the guessed spins can have a dramatic outcome on stead ofjust showing a single letter, and
letter, the contestant collects some money, how much money you have when you you can play up to 18 rounds instead of
the letters are inserted on the board, and walk away. only three. The game disk is not copy pro
the player spins again. This continues un Tb tell you I am a game show fan would tected (you can easily install it on your
til someone figures out the mystery words. be a lie. It would have to be a pretty bor hard drive), but the update game does em
The contestant who collects the most mon ing day for me to spin my TV dial looking ploy a "keyword protection" scheme (the
ey is the winner. Winning requires a good for one of those half-hour killers. But I original did not) which requires you look
degree of luck, a good knowledge of both must admit, I have been drawn into the up and type a word from the manual each
important and trivial facts and the ability challenge of trying to decipher more than time you begin.
to spell. one of those puzzles by accident—by being The game categories included on the
I have always liked games which let on the wrong channel at the wrong time. program disk are: person, place, title,
more than one person get involved, rather What it all comes down to is that humans thing, quotation, people, cliche and
than simply pitting human against com are just naturally curious and competi phrase. For those who just can't get
puter. If nothing else, WordPlex delivers tive. When we are challenged, we re enough of WordPlex, the company also
human competition. Up to six players can spond—and that is exactly why some sells a set of data disks with thousands of
test their gray matter here. In fact the players will find WordPlex addictive. other puzzles in categories like: America,
computer acts simply as a host (not com- WordPlex has a magnetic quality which nature or the Bible. The program is also
petitor) even if only one player is chosen. can draw you into the game even if you totally customizable. You can type in your
Thus, the one-player mode serves as a want to resist. All of us have become in own phrases and name your own categor
practice area only, since you can neither volved with games which had us mutter ies in the latest version.
win nor lose against yourself. ing to ourselves, "Tm going to play one Whether you will enjoy WordPlex or not
Like the TV game this one was fash more round and then leave." You'll find all comes down to one question: "Do you
ioned after, spinning is important. De yourself doing the same after a spin or two enjoy word games?" If you do, you'll love
pending upon where your pointer stops, here as well. this one. On the other hand, if you are
your guess could earn you as much as The game's graphics are nothing to get looking for fast action or Hailing graphics
$1400 or if you are unlucky, rob you of all excited about, consisting mostly of flash and sound effects, you will not find them
you've won. The computer keeps track of ing boxes which hold information. As you here. I would much rather play this game
whose turn it is, how much money each would expect, you can play the entire than watch any game show on TV because
player has and any free spin cards collect game using your mouse alone, except for here the challenge is real and commer
ed. In the long run the winner at Word- when you try to solve the puzzle. At that cials are extinct. g

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Ebonstar
ports ship controls via certain keys on the
Computer: Amiga \ keyboard in addition to the normal mouse
Publisher: Micro Illusions and joystick controls. Four people can ac
17408 Chatsworth St. tually play at once using the Amiga key
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Price: .$39.95 In addition to all the opponents, there
are also many objects that Arch gener
ates. Some objects when caught by a play
er grant special abilities to that player's
As the popularity of the Amiga 500 in ship. The captive Gyron grants a player
creased, many small companies one destructive fireball (just like the one
started to produce Amiga arcade games. Nemesis fires), while catching a Pulsar
Recently some of the larger, more estab grants a set of energy bolts that have a
lished software companies have intro computer guidance system built in. There
duced more arcade games, both original
and not-so-original. Microlllusions is one
w is also a powerful object called Spark that
when caught allows a player to instantly
of the larger software companies to enter eliminate any and all opponents within a
the competitive Amiga arcade market certain range.
with their space combat game Ebonstar. As you progress into the later Other objects that Arch produces hinder
you. Quarks and MagnePods will bump
Ebonstar takes place in the year 3000
rounds, Arch will generate
A.D., when virtually all medical political you around. Quarks will always push you
and social problems have been solved. The superior computer closer to the Ebonstar while MagnePods
people of this age are waited on hand and only harass a certain player. The nasty
foot by machines that attend to their ev
opponents that are more TeslaSpheres can remotely disable your
ery desire. With no other challenges fac than a match for you. ship's energy bolts or engines. If all these
ing them, these people have designed a obstacles are too much for you and your
deadly sport in which contestants in sin friends, there is a special play mode called
gle-seat spaceships battle around the Tournament mode that you might want to
edges of a synthetic black hole named to the beam, otherwise Arch will deflect try. In Tournament mode Arch will not
Ebonstar in a contest to the death. your energy bolt away from the energy create any computer-controlled ships.
Upon booting the game and selecting beam. Destroying the Ebonstar is the only Arch is also much more generous with the
certain options you are presented with a way to advance to a higher level where beneficial Gyrons, Pulsars and Sparks,
view of the Ebonstar sector, represented as the danger (and point rewardsl increase. distributing these even on the first level.
a grid with elastic boundaries where the Arch will generate computer-controlled The quality of the graphics in Ebonstar
entire battle is contained. When the game ships that are similar to your own ship in is not worth writing home about. It's not
starts, the Ebonstar will be created in the abilities. These computer opponents are that the graphics are bad, but rather they
sector by the referee ship called Arch. your most persistent enemies, although in are used sparingly. The sound effects are
Arch not only maintains the Ebonstar at the early levels they can be handled with pretty good, especially those that accom
all times, but it also creates all computer out much difficulty. As you progress into pany the moving and the explosion of the
opponents (with one exception) and most the later rounds, however, Arch will gen Ebonstar itself. The game is copy protect
other objects that appear in the game. erate superior computer opponents that ed, however at least the protection scheme
At the beginning of the game your ship are more than a match for you. Arch al doesn't seem to cause undue wear and
will appear in a comer of the screen. You lows three computer opponents to exist at tear on your disk drives.
have an unlimited supply of energy bolts one time, which in itself provides plenty of The only problem is that it's really not
that when fired repel almost anything challenge. very exciting in one-player mode. You can
they strike but do not directly destroy But there is another opponent that even become bored fairly easily, since one play
any object. You must use this weapon to Arch is powerless to control. Nemesis is an er doesn't stand much of a chance against
drive all opponents into the crushing alien starship from another world that pe the horde of enemies the game throws at
gravitational field of the Ebonstar while riodically enters this universe via a stable you. The Tournament is not available in
avoiding the Ebonstar yourself. You can Ebonstar. It relentlessly hunts down any one-player mode. Only when you have
also use this weapon to attempt to destroy human opponent, firing destructive fire three or four players (especially in Tour
the Ebonstar. balls and/or explosively colliding with any nament mode) does the game become en
After a short interval Arch will project a human-controlled ship. joyable and not too difficult. If you have a
maintenance beam into the Ebonstar to Tb add to the pressure you can also si couple of friends to play Ebonstar with, it
stabilize the synthetic black hole. If you multaneously battle up to three other hu can really be a blast, but unless you are
can fire one of your energy bolts into this man opponents at one time. You might expecting an extremely difficult chal
beam, you can cause the Ebonstar to de wonder how four people can play a game lenge, you probably will come to the con
stabilize and explode. Unfortunately, to do on a computer that has only two game clusion that Ebonstar isn't fun unless you
this your shot must enter exactly parallel ports. The answer is that Ebonstar sup aren't alone. g

42 DECEMBER 1988
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The ic soliloquy on the sky.

"Power On" Although easy to use, Sky Travel is


complex because it's complete. Anyone,
any time, anywhere on earth can get an
Report accurate fix on stellar objects. "Any time"
in this case is a 20,000-year spread, a sig
Educational software that nificant chunk to us mortals but merely a
hiccup in the life of the universe.
sustains a child's interest while
The first step is to configure the pro
teaching fundamental building- gram by entering the user's latitude and
block concepts can be hard to longitude, if known. For the 99.993 of the
find. We'll look at programs that earth's population who haven't yet memo
do just that. Sky Travel rized their coordinates, an appendix lists
hour per week." For the 46,000,000 chil 100 or so of the world's major cities as well
"'TT'echnology plays a central role in dren in elementary and high schools na as numerous major islands. What if none
JL our lives, in our homes,... and in tionwide, this resource rationing dictates of the cities are close enough and the user
our schools. However, the potential and that keyboard time must be used wisely. doesn't inhabit one of two dozen islands
value of technology in our schools has not Carried down to the bottom line, software listed? Then, by centering the cursor
been fully realized." So asserts Rep. of quality isn't merely important, it's crosshairs on a Mercator-style world map,
James M. Jeffords (R-VT, Committee on essential. the program computes the latitude and
Education and Labor', commenting in the Today's students deserve comprehen longitude. Either the keyboard or a joy
recently-released Office of Technology As sive courseware of exceptional quality. stick mobilizes the cursor.
sessment's 250-page report: "Power On! The first step of this long journey starts Once that's computed, the user enters
New Tools for Teaching and Learning." with parents and educators translating the time and date. Then the gears grind,
The report's authors agree with Repre the computer's promise into practice. after a few moments the screen displays a
sentative Jeffords. "Power On!," assessing How? By recognizing that well-travelled view depicting the astral objects residing
the 10,000 educational software products paths lead only to yesterday's triumphs. in the southern sky. The objects are drawn
presently available, concludes, 'Their Now, on to this month's selections. from Sky Trwxfa database of 88 constella
quality could be much better." tions, 1200 stars and 300 sky objects.
We agree. Looking at our software-lined Sky Travel Entering compass directions (N, E. Wi
shelves, we've previewed well over 100 Computer: Commodore 64 changes the perspective accordingly. Rais
software programs. To date we've l-ecom- Ages: 10 to Adult ing or lowering the cursor changes the ele
mended fewer than 12 as innovative, ef Publisher: Microlllusions vation of the view in relation to the hori
fective and useful. 17408 Chatsworth Street zon. Shy Travel also displays the sky
As did "Power On!,1' we find that most Granada Hills, CA 91344 below the horizon even though it is out of
software conforms to a conservative stan (800) 522-2041 sight of the viewer. This feature alone is
dard, one that's likely to be widely accept Price: $49.95 somewhat of a "gee whizzer," but the best
ed (and purchased) by teachers and par Emphasis: Astronomical science, history is yet to come.
ents. Why? Primarily because the soft and mythology By centering the cursor over an object
ware mirrors the familiar textbooks and pressing F7 (or fire button on the joy
they're accustomed to, except now text is The gaze of star watchers sweep the stick), information on any of the objects
on screen instead of in print. night sky, probing the infinity of space, scrolls across the screen's bottom. The
This column uncovers programs that of their innate curiosity prompting them to data list the object's Draper (or New)
ten break with that tradition. As Rep. Jef wonder "What's that star's name? Is that Catalog number along with the Messier
fords also said,"... it is most appropriate bright object Mars?" Maybe they wonder number. The text often capsulizes signifi
to ... encourage effective use of technol if Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are accu cant astronomical data about the object,
ogy in our schools so that our children can rate when they yak about galaxies and including distance (in light years or min
be more independent, competitive and star clusters? utes), mass, spectral color and other facts.
productive tomorrow." We share that view. Sky Travel is a graphic-oriented data Sky Travel offers four modes: Map (for
We believe the way to encourage first-rate base for astronomy students or the more- computing the latitude and longitude!,
software is to confer recognition on than-miIdly-curious star watcher. It's a Set (for entering day/date'time). Chart (al
publishers of innovative educational versatile alternative to a .star identifica ways depicts North as "up" and no hori
programs. tion wheel chart. Star charts are limited, zon) and finally, Sky. The Sky mode is the
so they cannot correct for latitude and lon most versatile; it allows custom tailoring
Translating Promise into gitude, timeday'date. as well as compass of the screen to display or exclude certain
Practice directions. A more dynamic solution was objects as well as narrowing the width
"Power On!" discloses, "U.S. public required, that answer is Sky Travel. (down to nine degrees from the default of
schools now average one computer for ev Microlllusions' Sky Travel transforms 72 degrees) for increased clarity.
ery 30 students with average access of one the venerable circular chart into a dvnam- Continued on page 46

44 DECEMBER 1988
The "Power On!" Report
Microlllusions also markets a version of
Continued from page 44 Sky Travel for the Amiga, entitled Plan -
One major difference between Sky and etarium (S69.95). The Amiga version con
Chart is that Chart depicts astral objects tains a larger star database and, of course,
as dark spots on a light background. So, optimized graphics.
when calling for a hard copy, the printer
doesn't beat itself to death. SHIFTP in Tiger's Tales
vokes a (screen dumpi printout of any Computer: Commodore 64
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The program's other options include a Publisher: Sunburst Communications
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screen follows a moving object's trajectory story, some result in a logical dead end, so
ImageAVord Association
and records its path using Right Ascen further decision-making is required. Key
sion and Declination measurements. board activity is limited to pressing RE
When I was a kid, (quite some time ago) TURN and controlling the cursor keys.
Sound, another option, is simply a perq
that adds a bit of pizzazz if the night is elective reading rated somewhere between As with all Sunburst educational soft
otherwise too silent. It synchronizes the visiting the dentist and behaving in a ware, reproducible worksheets are includ
sound of an accelerating jet plane with the civilized manner. ed to supplement retention by visually
movement of the crosshairs. When sound For good reason. Because they were reinforcing the word/image relationship.
static, those "See Jane Run" readers gen Tb insure vocabulary' comprehension,
erated as much exhilaration as a stop students may choose between reviewing
Tiger wants to ask
sign. Jane (an early jogging enthusiast) the words or reading the story. The words
a friend to go camping.
forever ran and dormant Dick always section consists of associating ten or so
Which friend will he
walked. Granted, most six-year-olds don't key words with a related picture. All key
ask?
need much drama in their lives, but a bit words are either one- or two-syllable
of enchantment in their literature would nouns and subsequently appear in the
be welcome. story.
That was then and this is now. Reflect Geared to early readers (1.3 to 1.5
ing the change in times and technology, Spache), the computer keyboard may in
children's readers have taken a quantum timidate or confuse some students. Tiger's
Pick on* with -ht=>Kv. Prill RETURN.
leap into the future. Representative of this Tales is also compatible with the graphic-
Tiger's Tales genre (yet a cut above) is Sunburst's oriented Muppet Learning Keyboard. The
is selected the crosshairs transform into a Tigers Tales, an interactive reading pro Muppet keyboard has been around for a
jet plane or spaceship. This is fun. how gram featuring bright graphics and some while, and it's still worthwhile (I hope that
ever, it makes centering on an object for animation spiced with a modicum of description applies to me as well). The
identification a bit more difficult. mystery. brightly colored keyboard, while less
The F5 key "Finds" any planet, constel Tiger's Tales consist of five stories, rang intimidating, still offers all of the
lation, star or comet and predominantly ing in length from five to 13 pages Commodore 64's functions.
displays it in the screen's center. It's a (screens) about Tiger the kitten's adven The Muppet keyboard ($99.00). unfor
shortcut for searching through the Sky tures. Since the stories are interactive, tunately, is not widely supported by other
mode to locate the object. Tracking can be they have more than one conclusion or publishers. Sunburst, however, markets
used only with the Find command. storyline. Although Tiger is the subject in several programs that are compatible.
For following objects in real or exagger all five stories, the tales are not serial, Two others that deserve a closer look are
ated time the program's internal clock they can be read in any order. Each story Simon Says and Teddy and Iggy, both are
rate can be set from 0 (stationary) to 1 x ends with an animated sequence. memory-improvement programs.
(actual time) up to 64 x for accelerating Featuring as its main characters an
elapsed time and the object's velocity. The inchworm and a teddy bear. Teddy and
screen display shifts in accordance with Iggy (S60.OO1 employs geometric shapes,
the clock rate. colors and sequence to reinforce memory
Sky Travel allows the date to be set for and recall. Simon Says ($65.00), geared to
ward or back 10,000 years (the obvious as younger children, uses colors, numbers or
sumption is that the galaxy abides even if letters in recurring sequence.
the earth does not). We, of course, do not know how the au
The program's 61-page manual includes thors of "Power On!" feel about Sky Travel
12 tolerable pages of instructions—actual and Tiger's Tales. We believe both pro
ly short tutorials. The balance consists of grams would readily conform to their cri
expanded examples, intriguing historical teria for being innovative, affordable and
trivia, a glossary and technical tables. Muppet Learning Keyboard useful. a

46 DECEMBER 1988
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a simulation of .. Cunning
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he goal: amass a fortune, gain a
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PROJECTS by John tovine

Sound SOUND

Digitizer II DIGITIZER II

Here is the program listing for the


Commodore 64 version of Sound
Digitizer II (described in last month's
Commodore Magazine.) In the time be
tween this issue and the last, I incor
porated two audio filters into the circuit
design to improve the overall fidelity of
the unit. (See schematic. I The filters are
comprised of two resistors and two capaci
tors.

Anti-Aliasing Filter
The first filter coming in from the am
plifier is a low-pass filter < Rl & CD. As its
name implies, this filter will pass low <R2 & C2); it passes high frequencies and The save and load routines do not add
sound frequencies and block high frequen blocks lower frequencies. This helps make the "SND." prefix to the file name, and
cies. The purpose of this filter is to sup the plosive sounds such as P, T and K it has just one speed.
press sound signals whose frequencies are more understandable. The "R" key will still put the sample
higher than half our sampling rate. The Together these filters complement each into a repeating loop during playback,
reason for this is that these signals will other and result in a band pass filter. but the time required for the computer
distort our sound sample. This phenom to see the key pressed appears longer.
enon is know as "aliasing." Program Operation The 64 also appears to be more sensitive
The program is similar to the program to volume control on the amp. This may
High-Pass Filter for the Commodore 128. The differences require some adjustment to get good
The second filter is a high-pass filter are as follows: samples. g

Hcforc typing thi* pronrjm. ri-jd "How io Enier Programs" jnd "How 10 Gsc the Migazint PLAYBACK":SYS 4941:PRINT"[CLEAR,
P.nm Pnigrjm. The BASIC pro^um* in this magazine jrc jiailable on disk from Loadsiar. D0WN31RETURNING TO MENU"'FKIT
PO Box wws.Shrevi-pun. U-|H0-00(T. 1-800-831-2694.
3fl FOR T = l TO 15P(:NEXT:POKE 197,64
:POKE l^fl^rGOTO 6 ' HVAH
Sound Digitizer 11—64
^2 PRINT" fCLEART'rEND'CBFC
2 REM ***** 64 DIGITAL RECORDER 34 PRTNT"ENTER NAME OF SOUND SAMPLE :"
******'BDBH :INPUT AS'CDTM
4 POKE 56579,255:POKE 253,01 3R PRINT"rCLEAR,DOWN4]LOADING.."A$
:POKE 254,22:POKE 512B,0 :LOAD AS,8,1:GOTO 6'DLLM
:POKE 5121,lfi'FMIM 38 PRTNT"rCLEAR,DOWN21ENTER NAME OF
6 PRINT TAR(7) "rCLEAR,DOWN71 MA IN MENU SOUND SAMPLE1" BAYP
: '"CCYJ 40 TNPUT BS :PRINT"rCLEAR,DOWN]
R PRINT:PRINT TAB ( 7) "DIGITAL SAVING SAMPLE ";BS'CGRG
RECORDER AND PLAYER"'DDSP 4? SYS 578]2BS,8:POKE ]73,22
10 PRTNT:PRINT"1) LOAD ML ROUTINE :POKE 172,H:POKE 780,172'EFDK
TSPACF2]7) DIRECTORY"'CRWG 44 POKE 782,14R:POKE 781,R:SYS 65496
1? PRTNT"2> RECORDfSPACEU] :GOTO 6rEVWK
8) 0UIT'"BAFF 4fi PRINT"FCLEAR,DOWN41DEFAULT SETTING
14 PRTNT"3) PLAYBACK "'BAIE IS 3R":G=PEEK{5019)'DIIQ
If! PRINT'M) LOAD SOUND SAMPLE'"BAJI 48 PRINT:PRINT"CURRENT SETTING IS "•
PRTNT"5) SAVE SOUND SAMPLE"'BAAK G'CDIP
20 PRINT"6) CHANGE PITCH"'BAXC 5C* PRINT:PRTNT:PRINT"A SMALLER NUMBER
22 PRTNTrPRINT TAB(2)"ENTER NUMBER WTLL INCREASE PITCH"'DCSN
1-ftfSPACE?lTHEN PRESS RETURN" 52 PRINT"A LARGER NUMBER WILL
:TNPUT J'EFAM DECREASE PITCH"'BAKN
?4 ON J GOTO 68,26,28,34,38,46,58, 54 PRTNT:PRINT:INPUT"ENTER A NUMBER"-
^2'CYEH A'DEWL
2fi PRTNT"rCLEARl":PRTNT TAB (12) " TDOWN1 5fi POKE 5019,A:POKE 5154,A:POKE 5160,A
RECORDING":SYS 4864;GOTO 6'FLPM :GOTO 6'EWBN
PRTNT"TCLEART'lPRINT TAB (12)"FDOWN1
Continued on page III

48 DECEMBER 1988
GAMESTAR WRESTLING FEDERATION HIGHLIGHTS
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INSIDE Q-LINK by Robert W. Baker

Downloading
Help

Explore the inner workings of the


Q-Link telecommunications
service with network pro Hob
Baker.

A few issues back there was a discus


sion about downloading problems
and potential causes or cures. Well, Q-
Link has added a special section in the perience this problem occasionally, there's once a name is deleted it cannot be re
Software Libraries of CIN to help new a patch available for the Q-Link software claimed.
comers and those who may not feel too to help overcome lock-ups, If you've added screen names to your Q-
comfortable about downloading program Under the Q-Link Utilities in the Soft Link Program disk, you'll receive a
files. There are actually two areas of inter ware Libraries you'll find a download prompt to select the desired screen name
est—the Downloaded Starter Kit and the patch program. It can also be downloaded whenever you log on to Q-Link. Your
Downloading Help Desk. There's a wealth directly, with a filename of "updateq'1 original screen name will be the default at
of information for new users in the Down uploaded by "QLink" to the library. The the top of the list, with the added names
loading Help Desk along with a Down Q-Link Update Program was designed to listed following that entiy. To use a differ
loading Help Message Board where you help correct problems some people experi ent name, simply use the cursor key indi
can ask questions about downloading. Q- ence when downloading long programs cate the desired name and press Fl or
Link has assigned a staff member to man via the TymNet system. The file com RETURN.
age this area on a full-time basis, so you ments contain complete installation Keep in mind that you cannot change
should get a response to your message in a instructions that are pretty simple. All your selected name while online. You
reasonable amount of time. you have to do is load and nan the update have to log off and then log back on again
Besides the message board and an over program and insert your Q-Link disk to change your active screen name. How
view of the area, you'll also find a list of when requested. It only takes a few sec ever, having multiple screen names can
common questions and answers, plus a onds for the program to be updated. be a great advantage in spite of the incon
list of hints and tips for downloading. If Another update program is available venience involved in changing from using
the world of telecommunications is new to for those with Q-Link disks without a ver one or another.
you, this is the best place to stall. You'll sion number on them. This program will The most obvious use of multiple screen
find information on the various types of activate the screen name function on your names is to create a separate name for
software available, with comments on Q-Link program disk, so you can create each member of your family, all under the
copyrighted programs, Shareware and different names to use on Q-Link. You one account. This way, you'll get only one
public domain software. should find the "screen names" file bill each month from Q-Link with all your
Concerning the downloading operation uploaded by "QLink:' in the same library online charges combined. Another handy
itself, there's information on problems like where the updateq utility can be found. trick is to create added names for online
being disconnected from the system, hav You only need to download and run this notes to yourself via E-Mail. Or you may
ing your computer lock up, or getting disk program once, as indicated in the program want to use different names for various
error messages in the middle of a down comments in the software library. The in groups and clubs when you're online.
load. As mentioned in the September col stallation instructions are basically the Getting back to the topic of download
umn, Q-Link will issue credits for incom same as for the update utility: you simply ing, don't forget that you can save a lot of
plete downloads under certain circum load and run the utility, then insert the Q- time by directly downloading a file if you
stances. Download credits are normally is Link program disk when requested. After know the full filename and the uploader's
sued for disconnects, lock-ups and similar this feature is added to your program disk, id. You do not have access the comments
downloading problems, but check the in you'll have to log back on to Q-Link and associated with the file when you down
formation provided in the Downloading go to the Customer Service Center to add load directly. However, you can order a
Help Desk for more details. Since you'll new screen names. There's a Create a printed directory of the available public
need to know the complete filename and Screen Name function under the Screen domain libraries with a description for
uploader's ID to get credit for the file you Names and Profiles area. Just follow the each file. Combined with the direct down
were trying to download, be sure to scrib prompts to add up to four additional loading feature, this can be a great time
ble it down somewhere before you start. screen names to your disk. You're limited saver. You'll find information on ordering
Most lock-up conditions usually relate to a maximum of five active names, but a copy of the latest directory in the Down
to a minor problem with the TymNet net you can delete and add names at any time loading Help Desk.
work. If you use TymNet and start to ex- within that limit. Just keep in mind that Continued on page 60

50 DECEMBER 1988
but the excitement
has just begun.
ore than two years in the making, Warriors
of Destiny sets the new standard fqj role-
playing games. No other game can oj|er»
you as beautifully detailed a world
or as exciting an adventure.
Ultima V is the game for all
role-playing gamers: Warriors
of Destiny will enchant the
novice and challenge the expert.

Highlights of Ultima V
• Powerful new combat and magic
systems, increasing in sophistication
as your skill increases.
• Over twice the graphic detail, anima
tion and sound effects of earlier games.
• Hundreds of truly life-like people who can
carry on complex conversations
and interactions
with yo

creen displays shown from the SVSTEfVS /JVC. /


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vs ■ Ultima IV 136 ft ' J^-
ha I drevlous Ultima jLuiidin
H 0305

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i get your copy of Ultima V. {1) visit your local retailer, (2) call 1-800-999-4939 8am to 5pm EST to order by VISA/MC, or (3) mail check (U.S. S) or VISA'MC #, cardholder name
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ADVENTURE ROAD

Staying Alive:
How to Solve
Role-Playing
Games

News and opinion from a leading


explorer of those fantasy realms
called adventure games.

The main problem facing the role-play


er is survival—what good does it do to
solve a puzzle if half your party is dead by
the time you figure it out? Or to finally get
your sticky little adventuring hands on
the Orb of OhBoylGotlt! if the rest of the protect the poorly armored Priest-type (to If your weakest member has fifteen Hit
team gets wiped out by a lone ore while heal wounded members) and Wizard-type Points, you may want to head for the
carting it back to the Guild? (casting combat spells! bringing up the stairs when they fall to seven. The more
So before setting out to rescue those rear. Middle slots may be filled with an daring you are about stieking to your cut
hopeless folk who inhabit Britannia, other Fighter-type (usually only the first off point, the more excitement you'll de
Skara Brae or some other fantasy world three positions can attack with hand rive from the adventure. Also, the more
(and what would these people do without weapons), an Archer, a Thief (check the new party members you'll be able to force
you to save them from every Evil Wizard manual for comments on locks and wheth to create to replace all the ones killed, or
who happens along, anyway?), some pre- er you really need thiefly skills) or per all the gold you'll have to spend resurrect
quest preparation is in order. First, devote haps a member of a class that can cast ing them, because you didn't head back to
some time to studying the manual. This is spells as well as swing a battle axe. the Guild in time. (You should also deter
much more vital than when playing a text Science fiction games call for a similar mine a cut-off point for combat in games
or graphic adventure—the fact that the ly balanced crew, though their positions that permit you to flee.) These two simple
documentation for RPGs is usually 10-20 are unimportant because they usually en rules—choose a goal, then pick a cut-off
pages long and sometimes includes as gage in ship-to-ship rather than hand-to- point and observe it—are the keys to suc
many as three manuals is the first clue to hand combat. Your Medic is the Priest, cess.

their importance. your Gunner the fighter, and so on. Sub Management skills must also be devel
If it's a multiple-character game, study stitute "alien planet" for "dungeon," and oped, for the successful role-player of com
the possible races and classes and their the following principles apply equally to puter games must manage a plethora of
strengths and weaknesses. On paper, SFRPGs. resources and responsibilities that would
draw up a well-balanced crew that can ac drive most corporate executives right up
cess as many of the various skills required A Plan of Attack—and Retreat! the wall. You've got hit points, spell
for success. (Of course, you won't know ex Now that you've got a good team, how points, food, gold, weapons, maps and a
actly which skills are required, but that's do you keep them alive long enough to fantasy world full of new discoveries to
half the fun!} In a game system like Wiz loot a few temples and ransack some ores' keep track of, so drag out a three-ring
ardry or Bard's Tale, which permits char lairs? It helps to think of the overall quest binder and plenty of paper.
acters to change class as they advance, a as a series of missions. Before entering the Keep records on each character so you'll
wise Finder of Lost Orbs will plot these first dungeon or wandering too far from know how many experience points he
changes out to their ultimate conclusion the first town, make a plan. Decide exact needs to reach the next level, who's got
for each party member, assuring a bal ly what you want your party to accom which item and so on. And don't forget the
anced team throughout. In a good paper- plish each time they step outside the shel maps. Instead of graph paper, with those
and-pencil RPG, character creation is of ter of the Inn, Tavern or Guild. Set a clear tiny squares, use map sheets like those
ten a diverting mini-game in itself, so goal: to map a certain area of the maze or provided in Might and Magic: a grid of
keep that in mind and have some fun be countryside, to scout for gold or food, or to dots, which you connect to draw walls—
fore you boot the disk. slay enough Drool-Slimes so your Thief this way you never ask that fatal ques
The classic team for a six-member party can be promoted to the next level. tion, 'Ts that line a wall I drew, or the line
in a game involving magic is a pair of Then look at the team's Hit Points and on the graph paper?" (Hordes of monsters
heavily armored Fighter-types up front decide on a cut-off point that will ring an usually appear within microseconds after
(Dwarfs are often best), where they can alarm and send your team back to safety: Continued on page 60

52 DECEMBER 1988
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Amiga Public
animation of a chrome pair of legs walk
Domain ing over a checkered floor. Those of you
who have at least one megabyte of mem
Again this month I don't have any new ory (make that 1.5 MB if you want to hear
Fish disks to talk about, however, the digitized sounds I will be amazed by
there are a bunch of programs that I ob this great example of the results you can
tained from PeopleLink and local BBS's. achieve by using reflective surfaces in

This month some of the highlights include ray-traced animations.


a new demo program for PeopleLink's
GT: by Greg Cunningham
graphical teleconferencing program ACO,
(AmigaZone file # 12968)
a new terminal program and a major up
This is version 1.2 of GT, which is a ter
date to an established terminal program,
plus a new animation display program. minal program with some very' different
For each program, the author is given features. For instance, GT has no menus
when it is known. If I obtained a PD pro whatsoever. Instead, GT has a set of gad
gram directly from PeopleLink's Amiga- gets where the title bar would normally
Zone, I list the AmigaZone download file be. Tb use any of these title-bar gadgets,
number (if no file number is given the pro click on the right mouse button. This is
gram may still be on PeopleLink, but I ob sure to surprise (and possibly confuse)
tained it somewhere else), so those of you many Amiga users at first. GT's protocol
who have access to PeopleLink can quick list includes WXmodem (for PeopleLink)
ly download this file. When a public do and Ymodem. There is limited script file
main program has been classified as support, in that you can attach a set of IF-
shareware, this is also mentioned with the Moria 2.0 are much better than those THEN-type statements (up to twenty per
found in either Hack or Larn. The other number) to each and every number that
suggested amount.
major change is that Moria 2.0 allows you you dial to automate the log-on process. It
ACODemo: by Steve Pietrowicz to easily make backup copies of your char supports autoredialing, including a queue
(AmigaZone file #12878 and 12879) acter. You can now copy the character file system. GT also supports phone directo
This is a demo that Steve created (for via AmigaDOS Copy instead of having to ries, although unfortunately it does not
display at PeopleLink's booth at the Chi back up the entire disk with the likes of support the AMIC PD TERM phone direc
cago AmiEXPO) to demonstrate the capa TUrboBackup or a commercial disk copier. tory format needed to use Chet Solace's
bilities of ACO version 3.0, the graphical Other changes aren't as major, but still The Final List. Although I can't say I was
teleconferencing program used on People- worth mentioning. New weapons and as excited about GTas many of the folks
monsters have been added. As far as mon on PeopleLink, it is a reasonable alterna
Link. In addition to the main portion of
sters go, the new additions of the Laven tive to the likes of AMIC PD TERM and
the demo, which shows off most (but not
all) of the major features in ACO, there is der Leprechauns and the Big Blue Icky Communicator and is worth considering.
Things make possession of any money
an introductory piece in which "Partner"
(as in ACOPartner, for those who have whatsoever much more rewarding, since Access! version 1.4: by Keith Young
used ACO) is introduced in a short skit both monsters are very adept at stealing (AmigaZone file #13151; Shareware: $25)
along with Steve. The entire ACODemo you blind. The on-screen stats section now This is version 1.4 of Access!, the color
displays maximum as well as current at ful terminal program I talked about last
was created with The Director. For those
who have heard about ACO before, but tribute values (which makes it much easi in the August 1988 "Amiga Public Do
have never seen it in action (especially if er to prudently manage your supply of Re main." Version 1.4 holds many improve
you never saw my review of ACO version store Attribute potions), as well as dis ments. The routine in Access! that allows
2.0 in the December 1987 installment of playing the current mana and hit point you to load and read text files has now
this column) and are wondering what all values. The starting equipment for most been removed and has been transformed
the commotion is about, this is the demo characters has been improved. Finally, for into a separate program. However, if you
you need to see! those who have a habit of putting your are running Access! when you load the
character into hopeless situations, there is text reader program (called "rd"), rd's win
Moria version 2.0: by Bryan Henderson now a "grovel" command, in which you dow will appear inside the Access! screen.
(AmigaZone file #12781) can beg the "powers that be" to save your Also text files are now loaded completely
This is the first update to the fantastic character from a deadly predicament. Of into memory for faster scrolling. If you
fantasy role-playing game Moria, (re
course, you will soon find out that even clear the screen (by selecting an option
angels don't work for free. like a split screen or switch to/from an in
viewed in the October installment of this
column). The most noticeable improve terlaced display), Access! will re-display
ment over the first version of Moria is
Walk: by Eric Daniels any text that was on the screen before the
(AmigaZone file #12981,12982 and screen was erased. For those who use Bill
that color graphics characters have now
13061) Hawes' commercial shell product WSHell,
been added to Moria. Even more impor
tantly, the color graphic characters in This is a stunning Sculpt1Animate 3D Continued on page 56

54 DECEMBER 1988
LTNPICS
Before corporate sponsors and fashion gear, there were Cavemen.
By Dynamix, Inc. and Greg Johnson

Competition was ugh-ly. Athletes won by bashing the other guy


first. Pick your favorite Ugh-lympian. Club your way through six
pre-hysterical events. Beat your friends to the Caves Of Fame.

"Become one with club. Don't


& C:?u fall for look-at-birdie-in-sky trick.
Don't check feef for fleas."
— Glunk.

"Swing fast circles. Remember "I like plant pole in totally


The greatest
let go. Good for medals. Not good cave-ularsand, soar high in air, wave
for getting dates!' Neanderthal to way-hungry dino!'
— Crudla. —Thag.
athletes
of all time
Dinosaur Race Sabertooth Tiger Race
share
their secrets.

"Club dino head, go faster. "Run fast fast from tiger. Watch
Too much club, dino bite dust. out for cactus. Trip other cave-guy.

Vincent hate dust' Him big lunch for kitty!'


—Vincent. — Gronk.

"Rub sticks fast. Make bright,


ouchy, hot thing first. Try not get
dizzy. Remember to duck!'
-Ugha.

Visit your retailers or call 800-245-4525 from U.S. or Canada


Sam to 5pm PST. Screen shots represent C64 version. C64 is
a registered trademark of Commodore Electronics Limited.
Electronic arts*
Amiga Update/Amiga Public Domain stead. The most important aspect about the 13 programmed file types (unfortu
Continued from page 54 the additions of forts is that you can now nately the user can not add his own file
Access!'s NewCIi command will open a play BattleFort by yourself against the types).
NewWSH right on the Access! screen in computer. As you might expect, you can You can also tell AddlCon to modify
stead of opening a NewCLJ. design your own forts for BattleFort, but only certain aspects of an existing icon.
You can now load in a font of your only after you send in your shareware fee These options include changing the im
choice into Access. When using chat to Ralph. age, stack size, icon type, default tool, po
mode, you can even use two different fonts sition and/or tool types. In the future Don
Video-Film: by Jim Robinson ald plans to add a file requester as well as
at once; one for the bottom send window
This VideoScape 3-D animation is a se a means to add an automation process, so
and a separate one for the top receive win
quel to the animation TellStar reviewed in the user can program a default operation.
dow.
the September installment of this column. This would enable Addlcon to automati
The phone directory now includes
Video-Film is also a three-part animation, cally perform that operation when asked
"Multi-Dial" gadget, which is Accessl's
although this time several spaceships are without additional user input.
version of queue support for it's autore-
flying by a planet instead ofjust one, and
dialing. Although Access!'s queue support
the views are a bit different than in Tell- BarsnTone: by Mike Berro
is basically of the sequential type (Similar
Star. (Shareware: $15)
to AMIC PD TERM, and unlike Online!,
which has a more powerful user-program If you work at video on your Amiga,
ClickDOS: by Gary Yates
mable queue system), Access! at least al this program can help you fine tune your
(AmigaZone file #13438; Shareware: $15)
lows you to tell it which number in the equipment. Barsnibne generates a
ClickDOS is another entry in the long
queue it should dial first (after dialing SMPTE color bar pattern as well as a
list of DirUtil (Directory Utility) pro
that first number, Access! proceeds to dial 1KHz tone. The tone volume is adjustable
grams out for the Amiga. ClickDOS in
in a sequential fashion). within the program.
cludes a small size (32K), iconification
Keith has introduced script support support, built-in commands and a prefer
with this version. Script commands can Bugs: by Jimmy Maher
ence for FAST memory instead of CHIP
send and receive ASCII text (including a (AmigaZone file #11823)
memory whenever possible.
command that will toggle an ASCII cap For those who have the Amiga session
ture), send a beep to the console, execute record/playback program Journal, this ar
IF-THEN-type statements, set an inter Snap: by Jerry Fitzpatrick chive contains five Journal files which
nal delay period, hang up the modem, (Shareware: $25) demonstrate five different bugs in version
send a string to the modem and create la This poor man's version of SPICE will 1.2 of the operating system. Included in
bels. Of course, Access! allows you to at perform nodal analysis on various electri the demonstration are examples of the
tach a script file to any phone number in cal circuits. Snap includes support of de window resizing bug and the annoying
its phone director}'. However, Access! does pendent sources, and will analyze a circuit Workbench "known volume" requester
not sacrifice phone directory compatibility with up to 50 nodes and 100 components. bug.
with the AMIC PD TERMThe Final List The input file for Snap is a simple text file
standard to do this. There have been format. IBM: by David Donley
many other enhancements, including (AmigaZone file #12686)
MoreRows support, increasing the size of Addlcon: by Donald Meyer If you liked the joke Commodore 64
the Review buffer, color graphics changes, (AmigaZone file #11957; Shareware: $10) emulator I mentioned last month, then
so those who use only two bitplanes with This is a powerful program used for cre you're really going to like this joke IBM-
Access! will still have a decent looking ation and/or modification of icons. Its sim PC emulator! For you worry-warts out
screen, and more. plest use is to create icons for a file, or add/ there, when you see a Guru first, don't
Although Access! still doesn't support alter icons for each and every file in a cer panic.
the powerhouse protocols Ymodem and tain directory, including any sub-directo
Zmodem {Keith says these are in the ries. Wildcards are allowed, and you can Space: by Richard Stockton
works), Access! is becoming a formidable also have Addlcon ask you for each file if (AmigaZone file #13180)
terminal program. There's now much you want the program to touch it or not. For those who already have a clock pro
more to this terminal program than just Workbench users can even use extended gram, but are still looking for a titlebar
pretty colors! selection to tell Addlcon which files to act program that displays info on free mem
upon. However Addlcon goes far beyond ory and drive space, Space contains four
BattleFort: by Ralph Reed that. different such programs. Most of them dis
(AmigaZone file #12787; Shareware: $25) First, you can tell Addlcon to touch only play how much free space is left on the
This is not a new game, but rather the certain types of files, for example, files disks in drives dffl: and dfl: as well as how
new name for version 2.0 of Ralph's com that are flagged by Workbench as Pro much free memory is left in RAM: and
plex robotic combat game BattleMech, jects, Drawers and/or Tools. Addlcon even vdO:, although one also displays free space
(last discussed in the September install allows you to be much more specific. You left on df2:, df3: and dhO:.
ment of this column). The reason for the can tell it to work on executable files, text
name change is that BattleMech now has files, IFF pictures (including different res Stairs: by George Nolan
a new component to the game. Instead of olutions), ARC files and/or ZOO files. And (AmigaZone file #12978)
just two or more players controlling robots naturally there is a configuration file in A good-looking SculpiJAnimate 3D ani
in combat against each other, robots can which you specify what file extenders de mation of a metallic ball bouncing up and
now attack a computer-controlled fort in note that a particular file falls into one of down a set of steps. Although the ray-

56 DECEMBER 1988
Amiga Update/Amiga Public Domain
provements to DiskX include interlace intercept any word the Amiga incorrectly
traced graphics are quite good, the anima
support, the ability to search for any AS interprets, and reinterpret for it. Better-
tion of the ball as well as the digitized
CII string on a disk, support of all DOS de Speech's exception list comes with almost
sound effects could use some improve
vices, case independent string searches 50 entries, and you can add to that list if
ment.
and recoverability of files that were de you like.
VirusX version 1.7: by Steve Tibbett leted with the AmigaDOS DELETE com
(AmigaZone file #13213) mand. DiskX now uses arp.library, so you Xboot: by Francois Rouaix
Here is version 1.7 of the powerful and need to install ARP on your Workbench (AmigaZone file #13011)
vital virus detection/elimination program disk before loading DiskX. This small utility will transform the
VirusX. Last month I reviewed version code on the boot blocks into an executable
1.4 of VirusX. Version 1.7 of VirusX in SPUDclock: by H. Bret Young file. If you have a disassembler or debug
cludes detection of three more viruses. This unique clock program will speak to ger, this will allow you to take a closer
The Byte Warrior virus and North Star you. You can tell SPUDclock when to tell look at any boot blocks in which you sus
AntiVirus were created to combat destruc you what time it is. For example SPUD pect a virus.
tive viruses in the first place, but instead clock can announce the time every hour,
they have simply made the problem every half hour or every quarter hour. The Display: by Martin Hash
worse. VirusX also now looks for the "Ob volume of the speech is adjustable. You (AmigaZone file #12785)
elisk Softworks Crew" virus. As I've stated can give SPUDclock a message to say Finally a superior alternative to
before, if you think you have been infected when it announces the time. For those ShowANIM has arrived. Although Dis
with a new virus, please send a copy of who like to run their Amigas 24 hours a play was first written to show animations
this virus to Steve so that he can update day, you can even give SPUDclock start created with Animation: Apprentice from
VirusX to detect and eliminate it. Finally, and end times for which to wake up and go Hash Enterprises, Display also will show
for those who are thinking about writing to sleep, and when SPUDclock wakes up any ANIM format animation as well.
an anti-virus virus program, don't do it! or goes to sleep, it announces this with a Some of the features Display supports in
You are making the Amiga virus situa polite "good morning" or "good night." clude varying the playback rate, freeze
tion worse, not better! frame, single-frame mode and display of
BetterSpeech: by Dexter Orange frame numbers. All these functions can be
DiskX version 2.1: by Steve Tibbett If you don't mind the overall quality of accessed via the keyboard while the ani
This is version 2.1 of Steve's disk editor the Amiga speech, but are annoyed by the mation in playing, instead of having to
DiskX, (discussed in the November 1987 ridiculous pronunciation of some words, specify in the command line with
installment of this column). Some im BetterSpeech can help. BetterSpeech will Continued on page 109

_ _ ftu're hawing more fun than


you ever thought possible. See how
you feel after the next 23 levels.

Hit the streets with two romps


through the urban jungle.
First, Meimcross. A high-speed race through
level after level of twisted subway tunnels. It's you
against the clock. And a barrage of barriers bent
on your destruction. Like rats the size of taxi cabs.
Good thing you've got a skateboard and a cata
pulting springboard or two.
Or be the coolest cat in town in Street Cat. Navi
gate your way through a tangle of city streets. And
compete in the craziest events ever dished up by
man or computer. Like oozing your way through the
slimy sewers. Or bowling for bulldogs. Whatever
the event, it's sure to bring out the animal in you.
U S. Gold is a icadsmark oi CO America Lid Meliocrass and Slrael Cal are licamed Irom
GO America Ltd Murocross is a trademark of N«mco lid Cans program for Mtliocross
ci 1BB5 Nameo Lid All lights restrved. Game program for Slieet Cat
c 198? Scllrjcld/Rainto* Arts o I98B Epyi. !nc

No other game serves up brawny


bulldogs tot you to bowi over.

Amiga. Wan ST. Ccmrnodcre 64/128


IBM PC & Compatibles.
by Matthew Leeds
UPDATE

Allen Hastings: about the inspiration for his films, the

Film Maker techniques he uses and some thoughts on


the creative process:
Allen Hastings: The film I'm doing for
SIGGRAPH is created entirely with inter
Allen Hastings' creation of VideoScape laced overscan HAM images. The film is
3D was part of a natural progression being made with a new program; I guess
that started in a seventh-grade BASIC you could consider it either a new version
programming class in junior high school. of VideoScape or an entirely new program,
By the ninth grade he had written his depending on what else I add to it before
first 3D program on the school's HP 3000; it's finished. It has some new features like
it printed out pictures of the Death Star's texture mapping, and it also supports the
trench using a teletype terminal and use of a 68020 with a math chip. I'm using
ASCII characters. Two years later he the Hurricane board with a 68882 math
started working for Lockheed in their So chip.
lar Physics department writing image- I used Aegis Modeler 3D for all the ob
processing software in FORTRAN for Tek- jects in the film. It is definitely the most
tronix terminals. He has been both work logical and consistent user interface. The
ing for Lockheed and writing software different selection modes and the way in
ever since. which all the operations work in each se
In November of 1985 he purchased his lection mode are very intuitive. It's an ele
first Amiga. Less than a year later he gant system, and it is also very precise. It
showed the first movie produced using panel discussions, and wandered through only creates the polygons required for an
what was to become VideoScape 3D at a exhibits of over 250 vendors. Commodore object, without any extraneous points or
First Amiga User's Group (FAUGl meet Business Machines previewed the Amiga polygons left over. Some other object-cre
ing in Belmont, California. Titled "Verx," at the 1985 SIGGRAPH in San Francisco, ation programs create objects with extra
it was an interstellar saga of space war and it has remained an important venue polygons inside the object that just slow
shot with an 8mm film camera and trans for the Amiga's remarkable graphics. down rendering or interfere in other ways.
ferred to videotape. Since then he has pro The SIGGRAPH Film and Video Show Modeler also keeps its coordinates con
duced "Infinite Loop," "ANIM Demos," is known as the world's premier event of sistent. Some other programs don't always
"Apocalypse Real Soon Now," "Halloween the year for computer graphics animation. keeps points at the exact same locations
3D" and 'The Machine." Film makers and computer animation all the time. In the film, I did a lot of real-
His newest film, "Rush Hour," breaks specialists from around the world submit world simulation, pictorial-quality anima
new ground in several areas. It makes ex their most technically excellent pieces for tion. Modeler lets you use real-world mea
tensive use of HAM imagery, shifts from this prestigious event. Selected pieces are surements like meters and kilometers.
black and white to color and back again, chosen on the basis of innovation in tech The film was an attempt to model the San
runs about two minutes in length, and is nology and visual creativity by a jury of Francisco Bay Area in 3D, in particular
one of the first three Amiga videos to be computer graphics experts. Tickets to the downtown San Francisco. That turned out
accepted into the SIGGRAPH film and film and video show are so valued that to be too big a job, but I did succeed in cre
video show. they are often scalped at prices usually ating a very detailed Golden Gate Bridge,
SIGGRAPH (Association for Comput found only at rock concerts. which features prominently in the film
ing Machinery's Special Interest Group on This year, for the first time, SIG along with lots of detailed cars. I spent
Computer Graphics) is the oldest contin GRAPH selected three Amiga-generated about four months designing everything
ually running annual conference for com entries for their celebrated Film and Vid for the film.
puter graphics. It is considered by many eo Show; "Rush Hour," Winners Circle I just close my eyes and see it. I can
to be the most significant computer Productions' "Time and Again" and Byte imagine in 3D. I often do that as I'm fall
graphics event of the year. SIGGRAPH is by Byte's 'Desktop 3D" were featured. ing asleep. Unless I picture it in my mind,
a combination of panel sessions, courses. Special events at this year's SIG I don't know where to place the objects and
exhibition, film and video show, art show, GRAPH included a night-time laser light how to move them.
special interest groups and social func show at Georgia's Stone Mountain nation The film is a fantasy that most people
tions. Individuals and organizations re al park. The laser beams create dramatic have when they are stuck in rush hour
sponsible for advances in computer graph stories, fun characters and graphic images traffic. The title of the film is "Rush
ics technology present discoveries and in choreographed to popular, jazz and classi Hour." It's about a driver stuck on the
novations through formal papers and dis cal music. The laser show is projected onto Golden Gate Bridge, trapped in a long
plays. a natural one-million-square-foot granite line of cars. He drifts into a fantasy where
SIGGRAPH, held in Atlanta during the screen. his car transforms into a Lamborghini.
first week of August, drew 20,000 people I interviewed Allen Hastings just prior Wings slide out from the sides, and he be
who attended more than 28 courses, pre to his departure to Atlanta regarding his gins to take off and fly over everyone's
sentations of 37 technical papers, 13 film "Rush Hour." Allen talked at length head. I thought about that for a long time.

58 DECEMBER 1988
Amiga Update/Allen Hastings: Film Maker'
tion, film-making. That's something any takes longer to render a frame because of
The film is very short, no more than one interested in film-making should do, its use of interlaced overscan HAM, and
about two minutes, although that is quite regardless of what they are using to make the extra time exceeded the time the 5850
a long time for computer animation. It's their films. would stay in record/pause mode without
long enough to get the plot across, and I haven't always been able to get my damaging the tape. I could have used the
there are a lot of exciting developments films to come out the way I wanted them. MicroIIlusions transport controller and
that occur. He gets chased by helicopters, Sometimes the tools are just not there yet. rendered each frame as an IFF file, stored
runs out of gas and falls; the helicopters A good example is when I was limited to it to disk, and then single framed them to
accidentally blow up a landmark. The making films with ANIM files. I had to the 5850, but the amount of storage need
whole thing is very fast paced. Finally he limit myself to camera motions that ed for the number of frames I created
drives up to his home, a nice place on the would work in an ANIM file, They had to would have required an optical disc for
coast, and the sun is setting into the be small enough and short enough to play storage. Storing them as compressed
ocean; a loud car horn sounds and the back smoothly, and that cut out some of ANIM files worked much better. The en
scene fades back to the bridge where a the scenes I wanted to do. Now that I've tire file fits on about a third of my hard
small gap has formed in the line in front gone back to single-frame animation, I disk.
of him. The beginning and end of the film can do whatever I want motionwise. Using the Lyon-Lamb controller the
are done in black and white, and the I use a Sony 5850 %-inch single-frame- pre-roll time is about five or ten seconds.
dream sequence is done in color. capable video recorder interfaced through Adding the time to bring the image up
When I create a film like this I start a Lyon-Lamb single-frame controller. This still kept me within the record/pause limit
with a storyboard. I draw still frames for lets me record my film a single frame at a on the 5850. When Infinite Loop was cre
each scene and try to keep in my mind de time. The setup works perfectly, no ated we hand edited on a 5850, and there
tails like camera angles and that sort of glitches, no missing frames, and no multi were some duplicated frames. I did discov
thing. There are a lot of film-making rules ple frames. The single-framing capability er during editing on Rush Hour that the
that I use to make the editorial flow go in VideoScape works just fine with this Sony edit controller is only accurate to
nicely. It is very important to keep the di setup, but I wrote my own controller soft about two frames, so its not as accurate as
rection of objects, left to right or right to ware to work with the new animation soft the Lyon-Lamb.
left, consistent during the film. ware I'm using. I did use an S-VHS Panasonic AG-7500
I started out making films with models The software I wrote lets me single as an experiment, and I found it was sin
and stuff, not computers. I did claymation, frame ANIM files to the 5850. It turns out gle-frame accurate. They don't claim that
used plastic models, anything that I could that I had to do it that way instead of re it is but it was. The counter is not accu-
get my hands on. I also read a lot on direc cording after rendering. The new software Continued on page 66

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 59
Inside Q-Link/Downloading Help Adventure Road/Staying Alive
every message in the message boards and
Continued from page 50 in every file description in the libraries. Continued from puge 52

Most of the files you'll download from Q- Well, these numbers are assigned when an adventurer asks this question, or ut
Link are meant to be used on your Com ever a message is entered or a file is ters any of the following: "Now where am
modore 64 or 128 system, but there are uploaded to the system. The serial num I?"; "Those stairs were here a second ago,
other files available. You'll find files and ber appears in the header line following weren't they?"; or "Nothing can kill my
programs for the Amiga. MS-DOS and the "S#" prefix and uniquely identifies party now that I've got this Magic Ob
CP/M machines as well as GEOS-related each message in the system. ject!")
items. Each of these has a special method The serial numbers are used primarily A neat trick that will spare you hours of
or utility required to get the file to the ap by the folks at Q-Link for system mainte redrawing the same maze is to tape a
propriate environment once it's download nance when deleting or relocating a mes piece of clear plastic over the map sheet
ed to your 64 or 128 system. Q-Link can sage. So if you're reporting a problem with and draw on it with a liquid-based pen
only upload from or download to a 64 or a message or file to link, include this like the kind used with overhead projec
128 system, so check the various special number with any other pertinent infor tors. When you make a mistake, just wipe
interest areas for additional information mation to make it easy for the people at it off and redraw it—much easier and less
on handling these situations. Q-Link to locate a given message. messy than erasing lines drawn with a
Always be sure to check the description Another recent user comment con pencil. After the maze is completely
and comments associated with a file be cerned comparing the cost of using People mapped, copy it to paper and file it in the
fore you download it. Many times you'll Connection to the new local telephone hot notebook, since you'll often have to return
find important information on how to lines or party lines. They pointed out that to a dungeon later in the game.
start or use the program that may not be at S6.00 per hour on Q-Link, you actually
obvious. Also, there should be some indi get quite a bargain compared to as much Magic and Combat
cation of special file formats that may as $60 per hour or more for the new wave 1b work wonders with magic, reread the
need to be converted before the files can be of party lines. manual and study any relevant clues.
used. Be sure to wateh for ARC, Lynx, Li Well, that's it for another month. Keep Many monsters are particularly suscept
brary and other file archives created to fa those comments and suggestions coming, ible to one spell or spell type. Once you've
cilitate downloading a group of related and maybe I'll mention your screen name discovered that Smokey the Ogre's weak
files as a single file, besides compressing here in print some day! As usual, I am be point is a Fire spell, you've got it made.
the data to save transfer times. reached almost daily via E-Mail to Look for convenient ways to restore spell
By the way, one user recently asked RBaker. Hope everyone has a happy holi points, for the toughest mazes sometimes
about the serial numbers that appear in day season! a have a few Spell Regeneration squares
Adventure Road/Staying Alive
of experience points or gold and build up a say Pineville (Town 2), then teleport to
scattered about. powerful party in no time? Once your Town 3. (When you teleport, the program
Effective combat means mastering a team can muster enough MIBL and writes to disk the fact that the goods are
few elements of tactics and strategy. Long- DRBR spells to defeat the Berserkers (at now in the shop in Tbwn 2.) Remove the
range weapons (and spells) can wear a 5N, 12E, 2U in the Castle) in Bard's Tale good disk and insert the dummy.
group of monsters down before they get I, for example, you can return there and Tfeleport to Tbwn 4, insert the good disk
close enough to wear your group down, wipe them out over and over and over— and teleport to Tbwn 2. Buy back the stuff
then a few weli-placed swords and maces netting 60,000 experience points for each you just sold, insert the dummy disk and
will finish them off. Magic weapons often character every time. Yes, it is repetitious teleport to Town 3. (The purchase of the
exist, though you may have to experiment and boring. But so is getting killed over goods is now written to the dummy disk,
to learn their effects and most appropriate and over and over. .. so as far as the program is concerned, they
targets. Sometimes their targets are ap In many RPGs, you can return to the are still in the shop in Town 2 on the good
parent, such as the Golem Staff in Wiz spot where you found the Sword of Sockit- disk.) Insert the good disk and continue
ard's Crown. tome and—lo and behold!—its still there. cloning, or proceed with the real game. By
You can arm someone with the powerful noting when a program writes things to a
In a Hurry? Cheat! weapon or sell it. Programs that erase disk, you can find loopholes like this in
A few words on cheating—it's your fan items when taken Wasteland) can be lots of games. (But always make a back
tasy, so if you want to cheat, go right sidestepped by simply making a new play up of your disks before trying such ma
ahead. {All's fair in love and dungeons, I disk of that particular dungeon disk or re neuvers, just in case something goes
always say.) Some people, and it's amaz setting the dragon (Wizard's Crown). wrong—you are, after all, fiddling with
ing how many of them are game design In many games that permit you to bits and bytes for which the programmer
ers, will say you're only cheating your make several copies of your character has reserved exclusive fiddling rights.)
self—but you paid the $39.95 for it, so disk, you can move people back and forth Let me emphasize that the above meth
you're entitled to do with it as you please to "clone" weapons, objects and gold. ods for cheating should, in the opinion of
(except, of course, make 40,000 copies and Here's a quick lesson from Phantasie I: This Adventurer, be used only as a last re
give them to all your friends.) Make two copies of the scenario disk, then sort. Observe the Adventurer's Creed-
Some games have bugs, others suffer label one "good disk" (the one you want to get the gold, kill the monsters, save the
design oversights that leave loopholes keep playing on) and the other "dummy." land—and apply the preceding advice,
large enough to fly a Golden Dragon After you get lots of potions (crucial to this and you'll have a clear conscience and feel
through. But why complain when these of game) and weapons and other valuables, a stronger sense of accomplishment when
ten allow you to quickly score thousands sell everything you want cloned to a Town, you finally solve the quest. g

IT'S WAR And the fate of the free


world rests in your capable hands.Take hold of the
controls and your wits. Because 20,000 feet
below you thunders the most
feared battleship in all of Ger
many's fleet: The Bismarck.
Fasten your seatbelt. *u're in
Enemy fighters zoom above you,
for the dogfight of ytxjf life.

anxious to turn you into fish food. And all around you
lurk treacherous U-Boats, E-Boats and mine fields.
Steady, mate. Remember all those practice flights?
With these details, it's no wonder we Now it's for real. You've got
ily in the face of F-15 Strike Eagle.
position reports to monitor in-
coming intelligence. A fully
: j^/^lisr^l detailed instrument panel. And you can fire from
one of two gunnery positions. All of which'll come
in mighty handy when you've got 42,000 tons of
riveted killing machine in your sights.
WELL CAPTAIN. IT LOOKS LIKE F-15 STRIKE EAGLE"* ISN'T SO STRIKING, AFTER ALL.
DIVE BOMBER F-15 STRIKE EAGLE
Easy to use, fully detailed instrument panel 0( course Nope
.ook of enemy planes & ships True to life Stick figure
3ace of enemy attacks Constant Lagging
Take off s Breathtaking Nonexistent
Landings Brace yourself Limited
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ble to conquer, but ever\r game has its
Continued from page 26
Continued from page 59 Achilles heel (now if I can just locate it on
rate, but if you go by what you see on the Elvin). If you enjoyed Impossible Mission
monitor, and move using the jog shuttle They have equipped you with or just like an exciting strategy-action
dial, it works fine. I couldn't test it with
a highly sophisticated pocket game, then you are bound to enjoy this ex
the Lyon-Lamb controller, since it needed citing sequel!
a different cable. It took us about two and computer with many great
a half hours to do a five-second scene by Pocket Hints for the Super Agent
hand, and we decided that was enough for functions to help in your • Time is something you can't afford to
a test. Without the computer controlling quest. waste. The save game option is one impor
the recording it takes a very long time to tant feature you should use to your advan
lay it down on tape. room, arm time bomb to blow up safe, and tage. When exploring either a new pas
It is also easier to get access to editing arm mine for agent to place. In order to sage or room, save the game before enter
facilities if you use %-inch tape. I work at use one of these you must find the proper ing. Once you have figured out how to get
Lockheed, and we use 34-inch stuff there. commands. When your selection is com past the obstacles, retrieve the music from
That's another reason I got the 5850; I can pleted, click the fire button, and the com the safe and exit, then load the saved
do some of my work at home instead of be mand you have chosen will be carried out. game. This will allow you to complete that
ing in the office. I use an Amiga at work to section of the game in better time, since
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flybys, that sort of thing. Impossible Mission 2 combines a unique • Check your security code numbers as
I'm much more excited about film-mak blend of strategy, arcade action, graphics frequently as possible. Once you have the
ing than programming. I have been doing and sounds to come up with one of the best music and security code, exit the passage.
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128 MODE

A Plethora of
128 Stuff
This month instead of the usual type-
in program, we will look at a plethora
of Commodore 128 items, several of which
have been weighing heavily on my heart
the last while.

Plethora Item #1: The 128D


The Commodore 128D is certainly not
news these days. Lots of you own them. I
own one. But for those of you out there 2) a new computer and drive complete was one which details how to program the
wondering; should I sell my original 128 with warranty, and 3) only about $250- 80-column chip. My advice: every 128
and get a D model, here's my advice: $300 less in your pocket than when you owner should buy this one.
Yes. started. That's only a little more than 2) Mapping the Commodore 128 (Com
That was blunt enough. Now here are you'd have paid had you simply bought pute! Books). This is a must for program
my reasons. For one thing, the keyboard another 1571 drive. mers and a "good-to-have" for most every
is so much nicer that it alone may make it Of course, we're not all made of money. one else. I would not be without this book.
worth it to you. Being a writer, this is an I, of all people, understand that reality. 31 Computel's 128 Programmer s Guide
item of true concern for me. I love the But I speak from experience: I bought the (Compute! Books). This book is typical of
128D's keyboard. It isn't just the improved 128D and have never regretted it. books by Compute!—packed with useful
tactile response. The fact that you can Some of you may be wondering: why info that you won't find anywhere else.
move it on your lap or out of your way (I should I invest more money in an eight- And it is like other Compute! titles in its
put mine on top of the computer when I bit computer? Isn't it the twilight of these readability. There are also many useful
need desk room) makes it really nice. machines? routines which programmers and tinker-
Another reason to trade up to the D My opinion: yes, it is the twilight of ers alike will find useful.
model is that the new machines have the eight-bit computers. But it's like the twi 4) 128 Internals (Abacus). This was the
new ROMs in both the 1571 drive and the light on the North Pole—a real long one. first book of any value out for the 128
128 itself. These are a definite improve (You know, up there there is only one day back in the early days. It also has a whop
ment. No more five-minute strip searches and one night per year with one mean ping 232 pages of ROM listings which are
on disks in the 1541 format before allow long sunset in between.) virtually useless to all but intense hack-
ing them to boogie. No more CAPS/LOCK Your Commodore 128 does everything ers. Also, this book contains several chap
uppercase Q bugs. Not only are the bugs you need, unless you are chomping at the ters on the VIC and SID chips which are
gone, but the 128D also boasts an extra bit to get into desktop video. When you're mostly just a rehash of information you
48K of video RAM for the 80-column ready for that, get an Amiga. But if word can find in books for the 64. If you're look
mode. This is quite valuable to the ma processing, databasing, spreadsheeting, ing for ROM listings, buy this book. Oth
chine language programmer as well as game-playing, programming, telecomput erwise, save your money.
users of BASIC 8. ing or educating are the reasons you own 5) BASIC 7,0 Internals (Abacus). This
Third, the solid metal console might be a home computer, then eight is enough. book also contains gobs of commented
reason enough to make the trade. Now For my money, the Commodore 128 is ROM. For those of you machine language
you can set your monitor right on top of one great machine. I may be biased—I do programmers who like to tweak BASIC,
the computer. Tb my observation, every write this column—but I've used MS-DOS it's indispensable. For the rest of you,
thing about the 128D seems more solid machines, Apples, Radio Shacks, and oth you'll get better value for your dollar with
and durable. The system keeps cooler, ers and. bias or not, the 128 is the best of this and other magazines.
there's no bulky power supply to mess the lot. 6) Commodore 128 Troubleshooting &
with... it's simply a well-designed system Repair (Howard W. Sams & Co.) If you are
(except for the joystick ports, which are a Plethora Item #2:128 Books a hardware hacker, this one looks good. I
pain royale to get at). One of the hidden costs of owning a say "looks good" because I'm not a hard
Fourth, it has a built-in disk drive. Not computer is the cost of books that you will ware hacker, and I didn't really need the
only is this convenient, it offers a subtle want and'or need for your machine. The book. But that doesn't mean you won't
benefit that you'll really appreciate: fewer following six I bought with my own mon find this book quite useful. Let me put it
cords to get tangled behind the desk. ey. Here are my observations: this way: if you don't know how to read a
Finally, if you've been wanting to add a 1) The Commodore 128Programmer's volt/ohm meter, don't buy this book.
second drive to your present system but Reference Guide (Bantam Books). This
just haven't had a good enough excuse to, thick book (743 pages) has gobs of useful Plethora Item #3: Twin Cities 128
info about your machine. Hardware buffs A lot of you 128 owners out there prob
this is it. Sell your present 128 computer
will find the specifications chapter indis ably haven't ever heard of this 128-specif-
(keep your 15711 and buy the 128D and
you'll end up with: 1) a two-drive system, pensable. For me the most useful chapter ic magazine. There's a reason for this: the

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 67
128 Mode/A Plethora of 128 Stuff
to say this, however, while in "The 128 burst routines, and fast loaders for 64
folks who put it together—mainly Loren Mode." GEOS 128 is a very useful product mode. It's simply a plethora (there's that
and Avonelle Lovhaug—have built this if you're interested in a drop-down menu, word again I of programmer's goodies.
magazine from the kitchen table up, and graphic environment. If you don't own How much does it cost? About $50.00.
they've done it on a shoestring budget. GEOS, I think you should. It's worth it because it offers so much. I
Advertising doesn't come cheaply, so they The question is. if you already have don't have time to detail all the goodies
have depended on word of mouth. GEOS, do you need the 128 version? The within but here are my impressions of the
Well, let me add some words from my answer is, it depends. It depends on editor'assembler:
mouth: as a 128 owner, you need to check whether or not you use a GEOS program The editor, called ED 128 Full-Screen
out this magazine. I like it. The latest is as your main word processor. If you do, Editor, has been patterned after Digital
sue is 28 pages in length, and 25 of them then GEOS 128 is worth buying. It allows Equipment's EDT screen editor. It allows
are advertising-free. The content of the you to see the full width of the page on the you to type in your machine-language
magazine is typical of all computer mags: screen, and that is the reason a lot of us source code much the same as a word pro
reviews, technical tips, and a few short, tu bought 128's in the first place. cessor allows you to type your letters. You
torial-style, type-in programs. It also Other than that reason, until Berkeley can cut and paste blocks of text, search
seems to have quite a bit of fresh news comes out with more 128-enhanced GEOS and replace text, jump all over the docu
from the 128 front (psst, and some hot ru applications, there's really no extra value ment with minimal key presses, have
mors). in having the 128 version. However, if lines longer than the screen width, scroll
I suggest you buy their new book, Twin they do as nice an upgrade for the 128 ver up/down leflTight, change word case, and
Cities 128 Compendium Book #1, which is sion as they have done with GEOS 2.0 for more.
a collection of the "best of their first 18 is the 64, then it's time to take your buying The assembler. HCD65. is a profession
sues. If you like what's in it, you'll want to shoes back out of the closet. al-quality assembler patterned after the
subscribe to the magazine ($25.00 per same one used by Commodore systems
year). Order from Twin Cities 128, P.O. Plethora Item #5: The C128 software engineers. It allows you all the
Box 4625, St. Paul, MN 55104. Developer's Package conveniences of a full-featured assembler
I have been spending some time with plus an advanced macro facility which al
Plethora Item #4: GEOS 128 this software package from Commodore. It lows you to do all kinds of things I haven't
Since I write the GEOS column for this comes with two disks which contain an ex experimented with yet. What I like best
magazine, there's no sense repeating what cellent assembler, a super editor, a whole about it is that it is very easy to use. There
comments will be found there. I would like gob of utilities, mouse routines galore. aren't a lot of unnecessary parameters

68 DECEMBER 1988
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ELECTRONIC ARTS

128 Mode/A Plethora of 128 Stuff


When Commodore came out with the in BASIC which will settle the question
needed to get it to work. Amiga, I thought, "Now here's a machine once and for all of whether a commercial-
with personality." Even the chips inside quality arcade game can be written in
Plethora Item #5-B: Names and that machine have interesting names like BASIC via a compiler. In my efforts I have
Numbers "Agnes" and "Portia." Unfortunately, unearthed some important information
John Dvorak, noted computer colum they're already tacking numbers onto the that would-be compiler-ers should note.
nist, recently struck a chord with me end of its name. Still, Amiga is a great For one thing, the Abacus compiler does
when he wondered why computer manu product name. not allow you to use the SPRSAV com
facturers were so big on letter/number Trivial point? The sales success of the mands. This is a great pity because, 1)
product names. Like the HCD65 men 64 and 128 would seem to say that it is. this is one of the best statements available
tioned above, the OS/2, or Texas Instru But maybe not. If computers really do in in BASIC 7.0 and 2) Abacus' compiler is
ments' incredible tongue-twister, the TI timidate people, then maybe it's time to the fastest of the ones I've used. It even
99/4A? Folks hated the name of Tandy's make their names a little more charming. allows for machine language compiling
TRS-80 so much that they simply Case dismissed. which is really fast.
changed it to itfIrash 80." Blitz! 128, the other most often-used
Sorry to say, Commodore has not es Plethora Item #6: WarpSpeed compiler for the 128, allows SPRSAV
caped the number mania. PET was a good Cartridge which is good. But it seems to do all kinds
name. Then came the VIC-20. VIC, I I have been using this product from of strange things with some of the more
liked, but the 20 was a step down, Next Cinemaware for several months now, and esoteric graphic statements. I have writ
came the Commodore 64, the Commodore I like it. A lot. It is superior to FastLoad ten to Skyles and am awaiting a response.
128, and now the Commodore 128D. with its utilities (especially if you have a I will report more on this in that upcom
Unnh! It hurts. And don't forget the 1541, two-drive setup), and it works in both the ing two-part series.
1571, and now the 1581 disk drives. Not 128 and 64 modes (though you do have to Pleth'ed out? I could go on and on, but
much personality in those names. flip a switch). It also has one of the fastest space is at a premium. After more than
Think how much more flavor it copy utilities around which has a sophisti three years now of thrashing on my Com
would've added to call those three disk cated data cruncher which cuts down on modore 128,1 feel compelled to end this
drives "Larry," "Moe" and "Curly." Well, disk swaps. Get it. piece on this note: the 128 is still the best.
maybe that would make them seem a lit It's a machine with a plethora of charac
tle less smart than they are so how about Plethora Item #7:128 Compilers ter. (I just wish they'd called it "Hurdler"
"Aristotle," "Plato" and "Socrates'? I have been working on an arcade game or "Spirit" or "Moses.") a

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 69
KtftDDORE G^

Commodore Magaz/ne is sponsoring our fourth annual Graphics Contest. Two categories
are available for aspiring Commodore artists: Commodore 64 and Amiga. Winners will
receive a cash prize, and the winning graphics screens will be published in the June 1989
issue of Commodore Magazine.

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by Dan Schein
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Impact A500-HD/RAM is a one-
display that rivals VGA or the
piece unit that connects to the
Mac li. X-Specs3D
500. It adds a 20MB hard drive,
Haitex Resources
2MB of auto-configuring expan $124.95
sion RAM, and a SCSI controller. X-Specs 3D uses shuttered LCDs
synchronized to produce a realis
Perfect Vision Processor Accelerator tic 3D image. With these glasses
SunRize Industries Creative Microsystems, Inc.
you will enter a world of 3D like
$249.95 $199.99
you never thought possible. Look
Perfect Vision is a real-time video Processor Accelerator is a speed-
for C0mmPri"i;>l nrnHi irtc that ran

PC-Elevator 386
Applied Reasoning Corp. and wnite or c°l°r an° supports also includes a math co-pro<
$1795,00 320 x 200 and 320 x 400 modes, socket that when filled, will
PC-Elevator is an MS-DOS accel- Black and white images can be even more increased speed,
erator card that is compatible captured in /« of a second.
with the A2000 Bridgeboard. It
turns your 4.77 MHz 8088-based
Bridgeboard into a 16 MHz
80386-based power house.

GOMF Button
Hypertek/Silicon Springs
$69.95
GOMF Button is an extension of
the very popular GOMF ("Get
Outta My Face'') program. GOMF
can help you catch GURUs and re
cover rather than crash. With the
addition of the GOMF Button
you can now save your data after
a crash.

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 73
64/128

Education Software
by Howard Millman

.Leisure..,
Genus- ■»*
PRESENTS-
, nm coMPVKR edoton of

crossword game

Astro Grover
(Ages 3-7) Hi Tech Expressions
(Ages 3-5) Springboard Software S9.95
539.95 Grover, of Sesame Street fame,
Using the strategy of directing a Built around animals and space hosts some friendly visitors from
frog to follow a successive lily travel, Easy as ABCs five games the outer limits. These Zips, it
pad path, The Pond subtly emphasize alphabet-sequencing seems, were born to be counted,
strengthens a child's ability to skills and letter recognition. added and subtracted. In all five
recognize elementary patterns. Pleasantly paced and well imple games, correct answers are re Scrabble Crossword Game
Offering six levels of difficulty, mented, this easy-to-use primer (Ages 8-Adult) Electronic Arts
warded by eye-catching graphics
S32.95
The Pond deftly employs above- for non and early-readers re and almost mesmerizing sound A skillful translation of the classic
average graphics to both inform quires only minimal adult effects. word game from board to screen.
and reward students. supervision.
Just as challenging as the origi
nal, it now offers the added at
traction of solitary Scrabble
(warning: the computer's a re
sourceful adversary) plus the con
venience of checking entries with
iiiiii the built-in 20,000-word
dictionary.

™ Teddy Bear-rels of Fun Q tf} Cube


(Ages 4-12) DLM Software (Ages 8-Adult) Britannica Software
Reader Rabbit S399S . 59.95
(Ages4-8) The Learning Company By combining teddy bears with Jhe c fQ C(jbe-S Wuz2,e em_
S39.95 props, backgrounds and user- cees ^ crossword.|ike game,
joving written captions, children of all p] f(j| jn the b|ank boxes t0
and diverse games, Reader Ra6- ages can create oversized posters, uncyover thfi |e-s ^^ hjd.
hit <;trp«p<; nrimarv sne IDQ SKI S nano.d7oH nirtnrp<3nri ahp k ... . ,.' ._
„ :. ., . ■ l. r - — . r i aen iFieme wuiui uii me tfyou
as weH as object/word recogni- jh.s printer utility s two d.sks pro- ^ four sjdes_ The answ^r
tion. One of the best in the Vlde hundreds of bright ready- wOfds gre drawn from Qne of

rors lightly, Rewards, in the form sonalized cartoon art.


of playful animated sequences,
are ample.

74 DECEMBER 1988
by Gary V. Fields
ucation Software
IntelliType
Electronic Arts
S49.95
Using artificial intelligence, this
typing tutorial monitors and
helps you correct typing errors.
Because each typing lesson is the
continuing episode of a cliff-
hanger novel, you'll want to con
tinue your studies just to see how Galileo 2.0
the story ends. Infinity Software Space Math
S99.9S Intratorp Inc.
Version 2.0 includes a database $14.95
of 1600 stars and lets you track Mixing the graphic and chal
r "Dcjip n*," 1 the planets and stars from any lenge of an arcade game, this
- - j Jhe oi-lftl, 1
point on earth. You can also view one will have your children add Birds 'N Bees
"till iky is 1 Intracorp Inc.
the stars on any day and hour ing, subtracting, dividing and $14.95
fill ins, I 1
mill run «nd|
from 400 years forward or back multiplying at warp speed or This text-only program deals with
t*!l the
ward in time. crashing in the attempt. Play re human sexuality in a straightfor
quires the child to maneuver a
attars,"
cnaracliin ku m.rnr»L ■
ward, sensible, understandable
aiiu mivJMiiauve INdNNer. Vim.
„ 1
math questions. The game uses and how much information it
Robot Reade, multiple screens which increase
Hilton Android Corporation supplies the child is determined
in difficulty, so the child is always by his or her age and gender.
S29.9S (each)
challenged.
A series of talking, illustrated sto The program includes password
ry books for young children. The protection, so a teacher or parent
mixture of graphia, speech and can control the level of informa
the ability to point at words and tion available to the user.
have them spoken makes this se
ries perfect for early readers.

Discovery Series
Microlllusions
$39.95 (main program disk)
$19.95 (each expansion disk)
Great States II
Child learns about math, geogra Designing Minds, Inc.
phy, history, language, etc. while $39.95 (each}
exploring an alien spaceship. Learn about America's geogra
This one mixes learning with phy, including topography and Linkword Language Series
Artworx Software Company
child-pleasing fun. information about individual
$29.95 (each)
Spellbound states like state flower, song,
Don't look for great graphics or
Learners Image Kinderama average rainfall, etc. It includes a
sound effects here, but each pro
S39.95 Unicorn Educational Software competitive game which lets you
gram in this series is a serious for-
Using a delightful mixture of dig- $49.95

teaches French, Spanish, Dutch,


music, this spelling program delightful skill games all of which
Russian, etc. and each comes with
makes learning word lists fun. involve robots for children from
an audio tape to insure you learn
Best of all the parent or teacher preschool to age six. Children
the language's correct pronunci
can create completely new word {and parents) will enjoy the
ation.
lists for the child to learn. sound, graphics and animation
that help the child learn to count,
add, subtract and follow direc
tions. This is just one of a series of
quality educational games by the
same company.

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 75
Productivity Software
by Gary V. Fields by Mark Jordan
Paperclip III C128 Developer's Package
Batteries Included/Electronic Arts BetterWbrking Commodore Business Machines, Inc.
$49.95
This classic combination word Word Publisher $50.00
This package, produced by Com
processor/terminal program just modore, has not only a powerful
keeps getting better. This profes macro assembler, but also a nifty
sional tool has every feature a se screen editor (better than what
rious writer needs including a comes in the 128!), and lots of
fast spell check, plus it comes Postcards programmer's utilities like fast
with both the 64 and 128 version Activision loaders, mouse drivers and math
of the program (so if you move $24.95 routines.
up to a 128 you can take it with This one lets you create unique
you). Not copy protected. postcards complete with your
own brand of humor. Postcards is
[;<:>; i-t !-«Jt *r? CTOC^J sure to brighten the day of not
only the friends who receive
defining a 'master [age', vhich j
ivisble gmdeliws, tact, an! graphics
appear on ext . . L Spinnaker Software Corp. who delivers them.
$39.95
A fast GEOS-environment word
eptnte left it)
processor which lets you mix
'er pages You
graphics and text. The print-to-
:::::nal;tri:y::' screen option lets you view your
documents exactly as they will
geoPublish
Berkeley Softworks
print, plus it has a 100,000-word
$69.95 spell checker.
For GEOS users there is no better
desktop publishing program on
the market. It lets you mix and HAPPY BIRTHDAY' WarpSpeed cartridge
edit text, fonts, graphics and Cinemaware
$49.95
boxes and supports laser printers.
Finally a cartridge that works
equally well in both 64 and 128
modes with multiple drives. It's
very fast and feature-laden.
Award Maker
Baudville geoWrite Workshop 128
CHELSEA S39.95 Berkeley Softworks
This one makes it easy to whip $69.95

Home Video Producer out an award or certificate for A much-improved word proces
Epyx those special people in your life, sor for the 128 mode of GEOS
$49.95 Comes with hundreds of tem which will incorporate graphics
Paperclip Publisher Lets the novice create, animate plates for business, home and from geoPaint and do overlay
Gold Disk/Electronic Arts and record titles or screen se school use. The program is not files for multiple columns. As
$49.95 quences on their video recorder. copy protected. with all GEOS products, fonts are
This is the 64 version of an award- Perfect for weddings, home vid its glory. It includes a simple
winning Amiga desktop publish eos or business presentations. merge program.
ing program. The program's intu
itive design includes pull-down
menus, point-and-click com
mands and built-in text and
graphic editors. It works best
with a mouse.

76 DECEMBER 1988
Amiga

oductivity Softwar
by Gary V. Fields
Dr. Term Professional
Progressive Peripherals & Software
$99.95
A powerful terminal program
which includes a 300-entry phone
book, script language, mini-BBS
and supports most protocols in
lHT tOfd an fr feaartei cluding X, Y and WX modem.
Professional Page Comes with an extensive, infor
Gold Disk mative manual.
The Accountant
exce//ence/ $395.00
KFS Software, Inc.
Micro-Systems Software When it co isional $299.50
$300.00
desktop publishing, this one does A business-powered doubie-en-
h IB UW l«
r t m.u ■ *mi
This one looks like a cross
it all—including color separa try accounting system that in
between WordPerfect and
tions. Intuitively designed it is cludes payroll, accounts receiv-
rivvvint:. mib expariueu wur omitnura unt tiir nil itin nm

processor comes very close to

on the market. The program is help screens. The program is not

stalled on a hard drive.


Outline! Idea Processor
PAR Software, Inc.
$49.95
This program lets you organize
your thoughts on paper (screen)
using an outline template. Using
many word processing tools (cut,
paste, search) this one is perfect
for collecting, arranging and
editing ideas.
Superbase Professional DeluxeProducthns
Precision Software Associated Computer Senri
$299.99 Electronic Arts
Library This is a rational, programmable, $199.95 omeBuildets CAD
WordPerfect Corporation
intuitively-designed data man- For business or educational video
$129.00

erful yet relatively easy to use. It all you need. The program allows
fice productivity program you
comes with a tutorial-type man you to design sophisticated story-
should ever need including a
ual, sample files and a forms edi boards and animated scenes
electronic calendar (with ap
tor for designing invoices, state which include stereo sound ef
pointment schedule and alarm
ments, purchase order forms or fects. Production is mouse con-

and program editor. The calen


the main program. scan displays. The four program
dar's clock can be set to alert you
disks are not copy protected and
to appointments as far as six
PHASAR Home Accounting can be installed on a hard drive. HomeBuilders CAD
months in advance. Antic Publishing Inc. EaseWare
S89.95 $199.00
An excellent home/small business Yes, you can design your house
accounting program which uses a or office with this one, but be
single-entry accounting system. yond that, it will estimate how
The program can split a single much material each project will
transaction between different require, as well as how much it
categories, making it much easier will cost. Includes options to print
to keep track of income and ex out information as well as de
penses. signs.

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 77
64/128

GrapMcsPrograms&
Outrageous Pages
Batteries Included/Electronic Arts
$4195
Although dropped by EA soon
after its release, this powerful
graphics program is still widely 1
available and worth checking
out. Features a wonderful in-

art, borders and nine pre-de-


signed page templates. ; Flexidraw5.5
Paperclip Puunm**

By far the best painting program «Systems


Gold Disk/Electronic Arts


$49.« availableforthe64 Thisone * ■
By far the most versatile and oreezes uuuuyn myu- cu, „«» am muftj

user-friendly desktop publisher ties most graphic program » n(^b| |nkwe||.s exce|lent
yet available for the 64. Includes haven t even dreamt of yet. ^ Qf |jght J^ Functjon$ ga_
three terrific conversion pro
lore for both serious program
grams for translating text, fonts
mers and casual doodlers. Great
and clip art from nearly every
source imaginable. A definite
must-have.

Becker BASIC
Abacus Software
CADpack 128
Suzie Greenes $49.95
Abacus Software
European Adventure Not strictly a graphics program, LlLJOl
pBoquO 1
$59.95
yet featuring an incredible array A real marvel, even if only in 40
□ggi nil inn

of hi-res drawing commands. columns. Highlights include a The Sesame Street Crayon
Home Video Producer Used within the context of GEOS, Polarware'Penguin Software
well-written manual, user-friend
Epyx its potential is unlimited. ly command structure, and 1531
$14.95 each
$49.95 Early childhood software at its
mouse input. Highly professional
Personalize your home videos very best. A series of three fun
with elaborate titlescreens, inter computer coloring books that
missions and closing credits. In teach numbers, the alphabet and
cludes 75 pre-made graphic, ten relational concepts. Dozens of
fonts and enough special effects pictures on each disk with excel
to make Spielberg jealous. Highly lent printer support.
professional.

-.

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apMcsPrograms&Aids
by Bob Lindstrom

a hsrt to pU»«» you.


That's why air tfouahnut"

Photon Paint Express Pa/nt tf 2.0


Microlllusions PAR Software Inc.
Animation: Apprentice rapher2.0
Hash Enterprises
$99.95 $99.95 InterActive Softworks
$299.00
In addition to a full array of stan- Designer Stephen Vermeulen $129.95

tools from creator Martin Hash, p^


Animation: Apprentice micro- thesarr

to ingeniously interchange character sets, complete with col


just as useful as 16- and 32-cofor access to the Amiga's little-used,
characters, body parts and or cycling. Calligrapher brings
graphic 64-color half-brite mode.
movement patterns.
beauty and imagination to
Amiga text displays.

Elan Design
$129.00
Invision allows you to interact
with video from a VCR or
A-Squared's Live! digitizer, invi
sion is best described as a real
time special effects system that
allows you to mix images from
DeluxePhotoLab paint programs and add effects Animation: Stand .
Electronic Arts like mosaic, strobe and mirror. Hash Enterprises Interchange
$199.95 $49.95 Syndesis
The digital photography of the How much movement can you $49.95
Turbo Silver V 3.0
future is here today. This one- Impulse, Inc. get out of a static IFF graphic? If From Wdeoscape 3D to Sculpt 3D,
stop program does it all—draw $199.95 you're using Animation:Stand, the varied data standards in
ing (including HAM mode), color The visually stunning (simulated) the answer is "lots." This soft Amiga ray-tracing created a visu
processing and poster printing. reality of ray-tracing brightened ware simulation of an" Oxberry al Tower of Babel. Amiga maven
Whether you want to sketch in Amiga screens this year in several Animation Stand permits you to John Foust brought order to cha
low-res, add subtle shades to a rendering programs. Silver made scan, zoom and pan across the os with Interchange, an ingen
HAM graphic, or print a 10-foot its mark in a competitive field by surface of a still graphic. Then, ious program that swaps data
square poster, DeluxePhotoLab blending a logical user interface the resulting animated sequence between programs. [_
handles the job. with animation capabilities. is saved to disk.

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 79
Music Software
byBobundstrom
Synthia
The Other Guys
$99.99
Wish you could afford those ex
pensive synthesizers? Buy
Synthia. This comprehensive soft
ware tool emulates five different
synthesizers from a percussion
synthesizer to a complex additive
Dr. Ts Keyboard Controlled Studio Magic l'J i WiE-1 Mil MIH-1 iJAt lit*! ftlftl'H*
SunRize Industries
Sequencer (KCS) VI. 6 as IFF instruments for use in other Dr_ rs Musk Softw|re
$99.95
Dr. rs Music Software Amiga music programs. Synthia S69.O0
$249.00 MIDI and sampling at bargain
takes the Amiga's internal sounds An eight-track en I3f
rates—StuoVo Magic includes a
to the max. recorder that brings Dr. T's qual
the Amiga receives an industry basic MIDI recorder and sound
ity to beginners who don't need
standard in MIDI music making. sampling editing software. With
the muscle or the sometimes
This professional-quality se the addition of an under-5200
steep learning curve of the full-
quencer establishes the Amiga's MIDI keyboard and interface, you
fledged KCS. Also supports the
first-rate potential as a MIDI- have an instant MIDI studio.
fourint—
controlling computer.

Sound Oasis
New Wave Software 1*1*1 mM.
S99.9S
An ingenious program, Sound The Quest 1: Texture
Oasis places Amiga owners into Sound Quest, Inc.
the wide world of Ensoniq digital $150.00
Patch Editors!Librarians
sampling. Just stick a Mirage disk Sound Quest, fnc High powered but inaccessible .
into the Amiga, and the program 5150.00 for Amiga musicians unless they
will convert it to an IFF format in The Amiga maestros at Sound owned the pricey Roland MPU-'
strument. It's almost like putting Quest took a relatively generic 401 MIDI interface, Roger
a S2000 Mirage sampler inside application and thoroughly Powell's Texture was a great MIDI
your Amiga. ' 'Amigatized'' it. Their programs sequencer that didn't quite catch
to design synthesizer sounds in on. The new, revised version,
clude windowing, multitasking however, does away with the
capability and ingenious random Roland interface and supports
voice generation tools. Sound standard Amiga MID! poi
Quest Editor/Librarians support
synthesizers from Yamaha,
Roland, Korg and others.

■ . "■■.--.--.'

. ..

SO DECEMBER 198S
ames
by Russ Ceccola by Steve King
Rommel: Battles for North sen s, ii« i-st ■■

Africa
Strategic Studies Group, Inc. (SSG)'
Electronic Arts
$39.95
Yet another game from SSG that
uses the excellent Battlefront
Game System with its easy-to-use
multiple menus. Includes maps,
menu cards and Warplan and Empire
Warpaint game adjustment pro Interstel
grams. Allows you to play inter Napoleon in Russia: $49.95

esting scenarios in the role of Borodino 1812 An addictive war game Simula- _
Krentek Software DataSoft
Rommel during his famous tion where strategy and advance
$2*95
battles. planning control the outcome.
Features historically accurate I
It's a fast-moving game where
tie map, various skill levels an
speed of play compensates for
multiple-player option to sati: J
lack of detailed battle realism.
the Napoleon enthusiast. Offers
possibility to change history in
this important battle of Napo
leon's military career.

The Hunt for Red October


DataSoft
$39.95 FIA-Wn
Great adaptation of best-selling Electronic A
$49.95
book by Tom Clancy with great
graphics and sounds. Uses unique This game was designed and pro
game system of icons and menus grammed specifically for the
that makes planning strategy and Amiga. Its detailed graphics and
playing the game so much easier smooth movement, combined
than expected. with simple aircraft operation,
make it exciting and enjoyable. -1
Under Fire!
Patton vs. Rommel The Avalon Hilt Game Company
Electronic Arts $34.95
$29.95
WWII simulation allows you to
Allows choice of either leader in
choose side of Russians, Germans
simulation of Battle of Normandy
or Americans in various scenarios.
that features detailed graphics Ease of play made better by at
and icon-driven system. Easy to
mospheric packaging, easy-to-
play, yet tough to fully develop
understand manual, colorful
good strategy; game also fea
maps and construction set to
tures a construction set. make your own maps for use Universal Military Simulator
Rainbird
with the game.
"
$49.95
UMS, has a 3D mapboard that is
contoured and can be viewed
from multiple angles and dis
tances. Comes with several his
torical battles, but players can
create their own scenarios.

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 81
by Gary V. Fie
Napoleon in RussL
Borodino 1812
Krentek Software/Data Soft
$59,95
This simulation of the battle of
Borodino during Napoleon's in
vasion of Russia lets you compete
against the computer or another
human. The game includes eight
historical and' 'what if' scenarios
and complexity levels, so you Sporting News Baseball
Street Sports Basketball
shouldn't get bored with this one Epyx
Epy* . $39.95
mas too quickly. You can save games
Each player recruits his or her in process.
The computer versions of
basketball team from neighbor "America's Game" keep getting
hood kids and then competes on better. This one combines realis-
Ace 2 Earth Orbit Stations (EOS)
four different outdoor courts. Electronic Arts ticarcade action with a four- win
Spinnaker Software Corp.
This game lets you make all the $29.95 $34.95 dow playing view and the ability
moves a real basketball player You can either dogfight with an This combination skill and strate to keep stats on individual play
could, Best of all, you are always other human or the computer. gy game lets up to four people ers. Plus you can bunt and steal.
the player with the ball. The action is realistic and fast, compete for the conquest of
and you must cope with not only space. You must raise money,
Roadwars the other pilot but land and sea construct space stations and ex
Arcadia/Electronic Arts forces as well. plore planets. The game contains
S29.95 seven different scenarios which
This arcade/combat challenge lets m. .a. can take from two to 40 hours to
you play with or against another ''MJLJ complete.
player {human or computer). You
command a rolling war sphere
down a dangerous strip of space.
The dilemma: to win you must —* ■sS. . Arctic Antics III
t\ Epyx
knock off your opponent—but to $24.95
survive you need his/her help. Straight from the pages of MAD
PP
magazine, the two characters
Patton vs. Rommel i ir

from Spy vs. Spy bring a chal


Electronic Arts
Star Rank Boxing II :■■•• •••• lenge and a lot of laughs to the
$39.95
Gamestar Artivision
64. Don't pass this one by just be
Assume the role of either George $29.95 Blackjack Academy cause it may appear childish—it's
Patton or Marshal Rommel in this An improved version of the origi Microlllusions
a great game.
WWII war game. The game nal game, this one lets you build, $39.95
board is well designed, issuing trade and manage up to five box Up to five players can play Black
commands is simple, and the ers as they battle for the world ti jack, lose up to $9999 electronic
competition is exciting. If you get tle. Best of all, the game (which dollars and still go home with the
caught in a tight spot, you can includes welter, middle and grocery money. The game in
even request advice from either heavy weight divisions), is cludes multiple table rules like
of the generals. smooth and fast. Las Vegas and Atlantic City as
w

in progress.

82 DECEMBER 1988
ead-to-Head Games
by Gary V. Fields
Roadwars
Arcadia* Electronic Art*
$34.99
This arcade.'combat challenge lets
you play with or against another
player (human or computer). You
command a rolling war sphere
down a dangerous strip of space.

Fire Power Earl Weaver Baseball with the other player in order to
Mioolllusions Electronic Arts survive or do you attack them to
$24.95 $49.95 i. win, and when do you change
This explosive tank game lets you If you can't afford your own Efjonstar alliances?
battle the computer, another hu baseball team and ball park, this Micfolllusions
man or across telephone wire via is the next best thing. It combines $39.95

modem. The action is fast, the realistic baseball action and strat This space/arcade challenge has
graphics beautiful, and the size egy, instant replay, digitized you battling not only your hu
and complexity of the battlefield sounds and great graphics. Plus man opponent and mechanical
wonderful. If you enjoy good ar you can not only draft your own (computer-controlled) adversar
cade or war games, this is a <? dream team, you can even design ies, but also a bottomless "black-
"must have" game.-:- your ball park using the construc hole.1 ' If you're looking for a real
tion set included. challenge, this one has it—it is
tough.

H9.9S
What gives this tried and true
flight simulator such appeal is
that you can fly wing to wing
with another player via modem.
Everyone knows how good Sub-
Ports Of Call Logic's flight simulators are, but
Aegis Development
Stellar Conflict with this one you can show an
J49.9S
PAR Software. Inc. TeieWar
You either make a fortune or go other player your stunts while he
$39.95 Software Terminal
down with your ship in this com witnesses yours. This is about as
This conquer-the-heavens strate $39.95
bination finance and strategy This one lets you go to war over close to team flying as you'll get
gy game lets one to four humans
game where you play the part of telephone wires via a modem. without doing something very
{and/or the computer) compete
the owner/captain of a fleet of Actually you can do battle with a dangerous.
with each other as they explore,
tramp steamers. The mixture of capture and control planets. To friend on the same computer,
beautiful screens, digitized win you must manage your re but the real fun is with the
sounds and real-time challenge sources and know when and game's telecommunication soft
makes this one addictive. where to do battle. ware. The game pieces include
artillery, tanks, trucks, planes,
etc., and it comes with a selection
of different battlefields.

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 83
dventure/FantasvGames
byShayAddams

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Advanced Dungeons and Interplay/Electronic Arts New World Computing-Mediagenic
Dragons: Pool of Radiance S39.95 $39.95
Strategic Simulations, inc. Seems the Mad God,Tarjan, has In his "fantasy role-playing simu
S39.95
leveled the town of Skara Brae, lation" your party of six utilizes
Pool of Radiance features the combat and spell-casting capa
so you'll travel through nine di
best animation I've seen in an SSI
mensions in time and space to bilities to move through M&M's Plundered Hearts
game. It looks sharp, plays Infocom' -
seek him out. For the first time extensive geography. Mapping
you can "use" objects; this leads
frieridiy .interface. First-person The first Infocom game in whi
to more emphasis on the puzzies ploring easier
graphics, the kind seen in Sard's you must play the role of a wom
than in previous releases in the
Tale, are employed in town and an. Hearts is patterned in the
series. Alternate Reality: The City
dungeon scenes. Spot animation DataSoft Electronic Arts
style of a romantic novel, but is
brings characters and monsters to $39.95 packed with the kind of logic
life.' : In this fantasy role-playing game puzzlers that havekept Infocom
you are abducted by an alien gamers racking their brains.
Wasteland spaceship sometime in the future
Interplay.Electronic Arts
and left in a room with a single
$39.95
exit. You pass through the exit to
Wasteland puts you in charge of
the City of Xebec's Demise and,
seven Desert Rangers out to solve
making the most of your starri-.
the Servants of the Mushroom
ina, charm, strength and wisdom,
Cloud, a "glow in the dark" cult
surreptitiously begin to explore
whose temple is a former nuclear Beyond Zork (128 only) The City.
reactor in Las Vegas. I Jike the Infocom
way the skills and character de 144.95 ;
Jinxter
velopment are handled, and the Trie first official sequel to the Magnetic Stroll-; Rainbird
story is original—more than just ZorJt trilogy. In addition to Brian $34.95
another "after the bomb" Moriarty's fine prose and subtle In Jinxter you are seeking a set of
puzzles, Beyond Zork contains charms once attached to the rtovwc atouesor ns mao

many role-playing elements. A magical Bracelet of Turani, so you


plethora of time-saving features can put it back together. You'll
have also been added. find plenty of laughs while seek
ing the charms, for the droll Brit
ish sense of humor crops up in Wizardry I
Sir-Tech Software
the most unexpected places.
S39.9S
. It's a ten-level maze in which you
strive to stay the evil wizard
:":•■"" i :'
Werdna and recover an amulet
stolen from Trebnor, the Mad
Overlord. Character development
is an important and well-de
signed part of the game.

84 DECEMBER 1988
venture/FantasyGames
Beyond Zork Question II
Infocom
Strategic Simulations/Electronic Arts
$49.95 S49.95
The first Infocom game that will luestron II sends you back
actually let you fight grues! Not through time to prevent the Evil
only that but you have role-play Book of Magic (from the first
ing attributes like armor class and game) from being created. Auto-
dexterity instead of just a score. mappirig complements Ques
There are countless monsters to tion's familiar and convenient in
Pafadrn
Omnitrend fight, spells to cast, stores to shop Faery Tale Adventure terface.
$39.95 in, plus color, auto-mapping and Microlllusions
A fantasy game that uses the an Undo feature. $49.95

Breach system of tile graphic, Faery Tale is a one-character role-


but adds teleports, magic and a playing game with a twist. You
wide assortment of weapons an begin as one of three brothers
artifacts. Up to ten party who must defeat an evil necro
mancer and recover a magic talis-
ious quests. The long-range goal
is to achieve knighthood for your eval land of Holm. After being
main character. killed four times, you begin anew
as another brother. It's not just Uninvited
Icon Simulations Mindsc.ipe
another play-alike whose author $49.95
arry
was content to emulate the style Graphic icon-driven adventure
ectronic Arts
of Ultima or Wizardry.
S39.95 using the same user interface as
Leisure Suit Larry puts you in the Deja Vu. An old, spooky house is
if Larry Laffer, a loser of a Jinxter your only place of refuge after
Magnetic Scrols/Rainbird
rith a very important goal. S39.9S
you are involved in a car crash.
, is 40 years old and single
The Amiga version lets you make
I fc Hp^npratplu <Parrhinn W
beautiful girls in the mythical
mouse and pull-down menus.
s/flroderbund
SS9.95 Adult subject matter.
ing full and complex sentences.
Moebius takes place in an Orien
tal fantasy world and combines a
highly original magic system with
action-packed kung fu and
sword-fighting sequences. The
mouse and icon interface is out
standing.

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 85
cadeGames
by Mark Cotone

_S 4

Jss as

7/ie last N'mja


Activision Force 7 Impossible Mission 2
S24.99 DatnSolt
Ep^x Battle Droidz
$29.95 DataSoft
A beautiful martial arts contest $19-95
that adds a high level of strategic It's you and your special crack Here's a rarity: a sequel as good 519"

claim those honors as well. Great of strategic possibilrtL..


traps. Impossible? Maybe. Irresis are equipped with your own of
arcade kicks.
tible? Definitely! fensive weapons, like Immobiliz-
Road Runner ers, Bombs and Guns. Attractive
Mini Golf Mtndscape
S39.95
and addictive.
Capcom Rockford—The Arcade Game
$24.99 Beep! Beep! Look out, the classic Arcadia Electronic Arts

All the thrills of the carpet-put Road Runner/Coyote chase $19.99

ting classic are here, including moves out of the cartoons and The world-famous Boulder Dash
multi-tiered greens, metallic onto your monitor. A variety of er is back (again!?), this time of
loops, unpredictable bumper screens present a host of chal fering quite a bit more than in
boards and moving obstacles. lenges laced with all of those hu any of his earlier visits. You now
Precise club control makes this a morous animal antics we know so must explore and mine five new
game of patience, timing and well. Tough, but well worth the worlds comprised of 80 diffe
skill. But a little luck wouldn't fight. play fields. Wow! New puzzles,
hurt either. Join the club. humorous intermissions and
catchy music make this an ar-
Demon Stalkers Cauldron
Micro Forte/Electronic Arts cader's tunnel of love.
Broderbund
$29.99 $29.99
Battle evil-doers and demonic A pair of offbeat contests that
will have you glued to your Com
level after level of infested maze- modore. Set in a mystical land of
like dungeons. A touch better witches and sorcerers, these chal
than Gauntlet (its obvious inspi lenges draw attention due to
ration), because this package also their unique styles of surrogate
includes an easy-to-use dungeon movement: broomstick flying
Skate or Die construction option. and bouncing. One of this year's
Electronic Arts toughest, yet more rewarding ar
S29.95 GeeBee Air Rally cade matches.
A sometimes violent, often hilar Activision
$19.99
ious tour through five different
events in the world of sidewalk Take to the skies as you race
surfing. Dazzling graphics, against the clock and other pilots
smooth animation and exacting in a wild 3D flight complete with
joystick control make this a most stomach-churning turns, open
thrilling ride. throttle maneuvers and hard-
edged competition. Pass the
Drama mine, please.

86 DECEMBER 1988
Every year we ask our re
viewers to pick the best
products released during the
current year. Since we start this pro
cess in August, our reviewers some
by Russ Ceccola times choose titles that they
anticipate will be the best (if they
ever come out). So every year one
or two nominees slip by that
have not yet been released by our
publication date.
To give our judges an outlet for
this eager anticipation of titles to
come, this year we've also asked
them to pick the title(s) they think
most likely to make next year's list
Obliterator So without further ado, here's
Zoom! Psygnosis the...
Discovery Software International $39.95
(29.95 Action-packed imported game
Most original game to come out puts you in role of a defender Best of 1989?
for a long time that features against creatures and robots of
colorful characters, great anima all types. Fast-paced game has 64/128 Hardware
tion and strategy. Addictive unique graphical representation X-SPECS3D
game that should earn a place in and digitized sounds as you blow Haitex Resources, Inc.
an arcade game Hall of Fame. the enemy away. Computing Experimental
Fischer America Inc.

Amiga Education Software


The Planetarium
Microlllusions

128 Productivity Software


Page IliustratorlPage Builder 128
Pateth Software
54/128 Graphics Programs
Page Illustrator/Page Builder 128
Patech Software

Amiga War Games


Fire & Forget Heavy Metal Modern Land Combat
■ Trtus Software Access Software
$39.95
F-19 Stealth Fighter
r*"*?..., ,. Operate a destruction vehicle in a Micro Prose
Incredible graphics highlight this worid on the brink of djsaster in
Amiga Head-to-Head Games
The Universal Military Simulator
Rainbird
you find along the way. Neat at- spe£tive,~as' the'grS" graphia 64/128 Adventure Games
mosphere sets you up for a lot of and sound surround in this Ultima V
action, thrills and chills in this game Origin Systems
horror spoof game. Amiga Adventure Games
Space Quest II
Sierra On-Line
Aaargh!
Arcadia/Electronic Arts King's Quest IV
$34.95 Sierra On-Line
Land of Legends
Amazing graphics and sounds
Microlllusions
make for a great atmosphere to Dungeon Master
take on the role of one of two FTL Games
legendary Hollywood movie 64/128 Arcade Games
monsters. Trample one of 12 Arkanoids
cities as you- search for the Taito Software
Golden Dragon's Egg. Amiga Arcade Games
Road Runner
Mtndscape, Inc

Amiga Sports Games


Street Sports Basketball
Epyx

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 87
ports Games
JL
by Scott A. May

Clubhouse Sports Skate or Die


Mindscape Electronic Arts 4th & Inches
$29.95 Mindscape S29.95 Accolade
$34.95 $29.95
Ed Ringler's follow-up to last One of the cruelest sports games
Indoor version of the fabulous By far the best action football
year's Indoor Sports proves why around, and you'll love every
he's one of the best game design Superstar Soccer, this Ed Ringler game yet for eight-bit comput
minute of it. Compete in five
ers in the business. Choose from powerhouse delivers lightning- ers. Bob Whitehead's design is
bone-jarring events, each pre
fast gameplay and a challenge flawless. Although the computer
six outstanding diversions: sented with graphics and anima
3D Pinball, Billiards, Skeeball, that never ends. Become coach, makes for a tough opponent, this
tion you must see to believe.
Shooting Gallery, Crazy Pool and general manager and team cap is one of the best two-player
Foosball. Highly addicting. tain in this complex one- or two- sports games you can find.
player extravaganza.
Street Sports Basketball
Epyx t ■' ■ •
Sporting News Baseball 539.95
Epyx Star Rank Boxina It Free-form neighborhood hoops
$39,95 Gamestar
529.95
for the sheer fun of it. This chal-
The first action-oriented baseball

fers more hard-hitting action test guarantees good times for all y
detailed statistical play. Hand
with better graphics and smooth- a9es- —1
pick your starting lineup from
er animation.
over 150 baseball legends and 26
real-life teams. Realistic action
and dazzling graphics make this
Take Down
one a winner. Gamestar/Activision
$29.95
Definitely not just another wres-

r.ayer contest features


bone-crushing tag team action,
arcade graphics and some of
Mini-Putt
Accolade most amazing digitized sound ef
S29.9S fects you'll ever hear.
The Games: Summer Edition At last, a true miniature golf sim
Epyx
ulation. This one has it all—realis
S39.9S
tic play action, detailed graphic
The graphics just keep getting
and a wonderful sense of humor.
The only thing missing is a con
lenging. Multiple players can
struction option. Maybe next ■ i
'compete in Sprint Cycling, Hur
time.
dles, Pole Vault, Hammer Throw,
Uneven Parallel Bars, Rings, Arch
ery and Springboard Diving. Out
standing simulations.

88 DECEMBER 1988
When we asked colum
nist Mark Jordan to come up
with his picks for our "Best of
1989?" feature, the letter must
by Gary V. Fields have had a typo. Here's Mark's
choice for the...

Best of 1999?
Macbeth/Goliath vs.
Gulliver/Gilligan
(Publisher TBA)
This arcade/text game/
Earl Weaver Baseball Head Coach
educational/productivity
Electronic Arts MicroSearch Inc. program is the be-all, end-all of
$49.95 $59.95 Commodore software. The
This game has all the important This pro football simulation puts premise is a tag-team wrestling
elements of baseball including you in the shoes of a coach as you match. Not only will the user
excitement. It comes complete design and send in the plays from have a great time manipulating
with 26 different ball parks, digi the sidelines. This is a strategy Macbeth and Goliath (they fight
tized sounds, instant replays and game rather than arcade, where dirty), but he will learn all of
real-time action. You can draft the outcome of each call is deter Shakespeare's plays (by heart) in
(or trade) for your own team, mined by the success probability the process, as well as the entire
and the program will keep the the play had against the defen Old Testament (King James
important statistics on both your sive formation. This one is for se version). And he will learn to map
team and individual players. This rious football fans. the entire universe. (A bonus: .
one is a must for baseball fans. Gilligan's Isle is on it.)
There's more. The user will set
up a spreadsheet in the process
with which he will be able to
calculate future events (to the
year 2041) as well as explain all
past events (it's about time) with
unbiased veracity. Finally, we'll
know the true reason Attila the
Hun had such a bad attitude. It
Hardball! comes with a 5000-page, witty
GeeBee Air Rally Accolade manual, though a handy quick
$44.95
Activision reference guide is all you really
$39.95 With this baseball game you need. Mouse, joystick or thought
A pleasant mixture of both flight/ manage a team as you pitch, bat, driven. In versions for the
arcade games, this one lets you steal, substitute, field and every Commodore 64,128 and Amiga.
race a legendary GeeBee airplane thing else required to win a The best news is the price: $7.95,
over a season, as you try to win a game. A bad call from the bench shrink-wrapped at a K-Mart near
championship (and a good-look can send you to the showers or you. (Not protected.)
ing lady's hand). Lots of surprise into extra innings. The animation
screens pop up to add both hu is in real time here, plus the game
mor and spice as each race in the uses an unusual behind-the-
season gets tougher. This one pitcher perspective.
makes you feel like you are
flyings—it's just plain fun.

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 89
Buyer's Guide to Companies

Hash Enterprises WooPtose RacerMate


Abacus Software Gnemaware Gxporation
2800 E. Evergreen Blvd. 180 Lakefront Drive 3016 NEBlakely Street
B70 52nd Street N£ 4165 Thousand Oaks Blvd..
Vancouver, WA 98684 Hunt VaBey.MD 21030 SeatBe.WA 98105
Grand Rapids, Ml 49508 Westiake Village, CA 91362
(206) 2SH567 001)771-1151 (206) 524-7392
(616)69M330 (805)495*515
Hi Tedi Expressions, Inc MkroSeardi Rambird Software
Access Software Commodore Business Machines, Inc
584 Broadway 9896 Southvwst Freeway P.O. Box 2227
545 W. 550 South 1200 Wison Drive -_
New York. NY 10021 Houston, TX 77074 —Menk> Part, CA 94026
Suite 130 West Chester. PA 19380
(753) 988-2818 {415)322-0412
(215)431-9100 (212) 941-1224
Bountiful, UT 84010
(601) 298-9077 Moo-Systems Software. Inc Sdnort Micro
Creative Microsystems Hfton Android Corp.
P.O. Box 7437 12798W.ForestHi!IBIvd. P.O. Box 17546
Accolade, Inc 10110 SW Nimbus, B-1
Suite 202 Austin, TX 78760
55OS.WinchestefBlvd Tigard.Qfi 97223 Huntington Beach, CA 92615-7437
[714)9634584 W. Palm Beach, FL 33414 (S!2) 440-1022
Suite 200 (503)584-9300
{407)791H)770
San lose, CA 95128 HypertefcSilicm Springs Sir-Tech
DabSoft
(408)985-1700 205-25715haugnessy Street UcraVfoy P.O. Box 245
19808 Nordhoff Place
pDrtCoqurrJam,B.CV3C3G3 Cordage Park, BkJg. 20 Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Acbvtsion Chatsworth,CA91311
Canada Plymouth. MA 02360 (315)393^633
3885 Bohannon Drive (818)886-5922
(604)922-9262 (617)746-7341 Software Terminal
Menlo Park. CA 94025
Designing Minds, Inc
(415)3294500 Impute, Inc Mind scape. Inc 3014 Aha Mere
3006 N. Main
6870 Shingle Creek Pkwy. 3444 Dundee Road Ft WortMX 76116
Aegis Development Logan. UT 84321
Suite 112 rjDrtnbrook, 1150Gr2 (817)2444150
22?0WiWiire_«77 (801)752-2501
Minneapolis, MN 55430 (312)480-7667
Santa Monka,.CA 90403 Sound Quest
DigiTek
(213)392-9972 (612) 56W221 Hew Wave Software S Glenaden Avenue East
1MW. Seneca
P.O. Box 438 Toronto. Ontario M8Y2L2
Antk Pubfehing Suite 4 Infinity Software
1144 65th Street Stdair Shores, Ml 48080 Canada
544 Second Street Tampa, FL 33612
Suite C 013)771-4465 (416) 234-0347
San Francisco, CA 94107 (813)93M023
(415)957-0886 Emeryville, CA 94408 Omnrtrend Software, Inc Spinnaker
Discovery Software
ft15}420-lSSl One Kendall Square
163 Conduit Street P.O. Box 733
Applied Reasoning Corp.
Infocom W.Simsbury,a06092 Cambridge, MA 02139
86A Sherman Street Annapolis, MO 21401
125 CambridgePark Drive {203)658*917 (617)494-1200
Cambridge, MA 02140 {301)268-9877
(617)492-0700 Cambridge, MA 02140 Springboard Software
DIM Software Origin Systems
(617)492-6000 7808 Creek Ridge Orde
IDLMPark 136 Harvey Road
Artwom Software
P.O.Box4000 Inkwel Systems Buildings Suite U0
1844 PenfieCd Road
Mimeapofc,MN 55435 -
. Allen,TX75002 . 5710 Ruffm Road londondeny,NH 03053
PenfieH, NY 14526
{800)527-4747 San Diego, CA 92123 {603)644-3360 (612)944-3915
(716J38W120 ('id* ico oim
(619) 268-8792 Strategic Simulations, Inc
Dr. T*s Music Software The Other Guys
Avalon Hill Microcomputer Games
220 Soytston Street InterActwe Softvwrks 55 N. Main Street 1046 N.Rengstorff Avenue
4517 Harford Road
2521 S.Vrsta Way Suite 301 Mountain View, CA 94043
Baltimore, ME) 25214 Suite 206
Chesnut Hill, MA 02167 Suite 254 Logan. UT 84321 (415)964-1353
(30.)) 254-5300
(617)24M954 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (801)753-7620 .
SubLogk
Baudvile (619)434-5327
5380 52nd Street SE EaseWare PAR Software 501 Kenybn Drive
Grand Rapids, Ml 49508 25BetairRoad - / Interstel P.O. Box 5309 ■ -' Champaign, IL 61820
(616)6984888 Wefesfey, MA 02181 P.O. Box 57825 Vancouver, WA 98666 (217)359*182
(617)237-2148 Webster, TX 77958 (206)694-1539
Berkeley Softworks Sunburst Cornmunications
(713)48W163
2150 Sriattuck Avenue ' Ban Design'- Patech Software 39 Washington Avenue
Berkeley, CA 947W P.O. Box31725 In&acorp. Inc - 133 Walnut Avenue Pleasantville, NY 10570
(415)6444683 San Francisco, CA 94131 14160 SW 139th Court Somerset, NJ 08873 (914)769-5030
(415)621-8673 Miami, FL 33186 (200.545-1571 _-
Bill's Boards Suncom
{800)468-7226
9528 Mirarnar Road Electronic Arts Pioneer Computing 290 Palatine Road
Suite 181 1820 Gateway Drive KFS Software 2469 E. 7000 Sou* Wheeling, 1160090
San Diego, CA 92126 San Mateo.CA 94404 P.O. Box 107 Suite 200 (312) 4594000
[619)4864908 (415)571-7171 Largo, FL 3454^0107 Salt Lake City.UT 84121
SunRize Industries
(813) 584-2355 (801)942-1174
Britannia Software En&Jnt, 3801 Old College Road
345 Fourth Street
£tVt fit m .t.i.i ntm ~>
600 Galveston Drive Leameis Image PobrwarePengun Software - Bryan. TX 77801
San Francisco, CA 94107 . Redwood Oty.CA 94063 P.O. Box 3669 P.O.Box311 , . ■ {409)846-1311
(800)572-2272"" (415}36&fl606 Logan, UT 84321 Geneva. 160134
Syndesis
{301)752-5608 012)232-1984
Bfoderbund Software Gotdftsk 20 West Street
17 Paul Drive 2171 Dunwin Drive, #13 The Learning Company Precision Software, Inc. Wilmington, MA 01887
San Rafael, CA 94903 Uissssauga, Ontario. 6493 Kaiser Drive 8404 Sterling Street (508)657-5585
(415)492-3200 Canada 15L1X2 Fremont. CA 94555 SuiteA
Titus Software
(416)8280913 (800)852-2255 Irving. TX 75063 .
Brown Boies, me 20432 Corisco Street
2&Concord Road Great Valley Products Mediagenk Chatsworth, CA 91311
Bedford, MA 01730 P.O. Box 39! SeeActivision Progressive Peripherab & Software (818)709-3692
(617)2754090 Mafc*m, PA 19355 464 Kalamath Street
Microflusions Unicom Educational Software
(BOO) 4264957 Denver, CO 802M
Capeom U,SA. Inc 17408 Chatsworth Street 2950 E. Flamingo Road
(303)8254144
1283-C Mcurita'i VWAIvso Road Hartex Resources, Inc P.O. 80x3475 Las Vegas, NV 89121
Sunnyvale, CA 94089 208 Camdton Park Granada Hills, CA91344 Psygnosis Ltd. (702)7374862
{408)745-708^ Suite 1207. (800)522-2041 tfo Computer Software Services
Canolton. TX 75006 WordPerfect Corp.
2150 Executive Drrre
(214)241-8030 288 W. Center Street
Addi5on.IL 60101
OrerrtLTF 84057
(312) 6204444
(801)225-5000

90 DECEMBER 1988
£-*y&SM I am writing to tell you that I really enjoyed the graphics
contest in your magazine. All the entrants that appeared were
highly worthy of praise. I have just one question. Have you
considered reproducing poster-size prints and making them
available to the public? If not, you should do so. The graphics
were outstanding.
Sincerely,
:■
■. '•.- ■■* ■
Brad Fowler
Winston, OR

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picked out twelve winners to feature on the
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COMING ATTRACTIONS
PART II by John Jermaine

Last month's crystal ball revealed upcoming releases from companies like Electronic Arts, Accolade, Access and Taito.
This month we'll take up where we left off with the latest and soon-to-be-greatestfromCapcom, Data East, Konamt,
Activision: SubLogic and others. We are particularly pleased to see the number of titles being released for both the
Commodore 64 and Amiga.

Activision tanks, step on soldiers, and eat the people


64/128: Ocean Ranger, a realistic missile
Ocean Ranger missions are who are trying to shoot them. There are
ship simulation, is the latest thing on the challenging and exciting, approximately 157 cities to "trash" in the
software sea. The program takes the user game, as you search for food to maintain
to four of the world's "hot spots": the Be while the vessel appears to your level of strength and stamina. Your
ring Sea, Centra] America, Southeast giant companions are also trying to put
Asia and finally the Persian Gulf. Once
be an authentic reproduction you out of commission, so get them before
you have an assignment, be prepared to of a Navy missile ship. they get you.
encounter enemy destroyers, aircraft, sub Predator is planning to stalk microcom
marines and mines. Your vessel is fast on ship. You can take command of your ves puter prey in November. Activision tells
the water, but it's also well-armed for a sel late in October. me the program is patterned after the
fight. The ship carries 76mm cannons, October is also the month when you can storyline of the popular movie. The player,
Sea Sparrow and Harpoon missiles, chaff, assume the role of a monstrous creature taking the Arnold Schwarzenegger role,
depth charges, and an ECM Radar Jam on a software rampage. Yes, Rampage leads an elite commando team through
mer. There are 16 levels of difficulty in the (the coin-op masterpiece) has finally sur the jungles of South America. Your mis
program. Other features include: 360-de- faced in home computer land. The pro sion consists of locating and rescuing
gree point of view, damage recoils, de gram features three huge monsters (goril some kidnapped American diplomats
tailed maps and briefings. Ocean Ranger la, reptile and wolf) who are desperately from the clutches of rebel forces in the
missions are challenging and exciting, fighting for survival. They climb sky area. What seems like just another dan
while the vessel appears to be an authen scrapers, punch buildings (until they fall gerous assignment gradually evolves into
tic reproduction of a typical Navy missile down), smash attacking choppers, destroy a frightening experience. Members of

Pete Rose Pennant Fever John Jermaine: Why did you choose Pete to get me to stop playing Pennant Fever.
Next year Pete Rose Pennant Fever Rose to contribute to the design of your It really had me hooked. You move the
from Gamester invites you to play the new baseball program? fielders, you move the hitter, and you even
real game of baseball on your 64. Yes, Scott Orr We were trying to re-create the control the swing of the bat. So you get
Pete "Charlie Hustle" Rose challenges experience of playing real regulation pretty involved in the whole thing. I really
you to manage his own expansion team, baseball for the first time on a home com don't know much about computer games,
through ten seasons of play, as 24 league puter. When it came to finding an expert in general, but I'm glad I had the opportu
teams battle it out for the pennant. But on the subject, I had one person in mind nity to design and create this one.
this isn't just a game of management and for the job. Pete Rose has been in profes Jermaine: Tell me more about Pete Rose
statistics. Players can pitch, hit, run, field, sional baseball as a player and manager Pennant Fever.
throw and steal bases in the program (just for more than 25 years, and he's also been Orr: Well, we used all ball clubs in the
like they do on a real baseball diamond). the manager of the Cincinnati Reds for a program. Players in the game were actu-
Other features include: fabulous TV-style while. His expertise in these two areas Continued on page 114
graphics, digitized sounds and eight dif made him a valuable asset for the project.
ferent points of view (from behind the We were really very fortunate that Pete
plate, at every base and from four outfield agreed to work hand-in-hand with us to
positions). Pete Rose trivia questions ap make Pennant Fever the most realistic
pear on screen between innings. In the baseball game on the market.
end, Pete Rose Pennant Fever is one of the Jermaine: Had you played with micro
sharpest home computer baseball games computers before Pete Rose Pennant Fever
I've seeti to date, Like Pete Rose, it be- came along?
lojig.s in a hall of fame. Now that you've Pete Rose: No. I hadn't. We did our thing
heard my comments on the subject, let's in San Francisco one day, shortly, before a
find out some behind-the-scenes details Reds baseball game. Scott let me play
from Scott On1 (president ofGamestar around with the program for half an horn-
was developed) and Pete to 45 minutes. They finally had to tell me I'eto
himself. we were going on the air at the ball park

92 DECEMBER 1988
your group are slaughtered one by one, powers). Players invade the enemy for
until you find yourself alone against an tress, slaying their foes and deactivating
intergalactic manhunter (who stalks you their doomsday weapons. Now that you've
for the sport of it). Predator is basically a heard the briefing, the rest is up to you.
fast-moving arcade game that challenges
the player to acquire the proper weapons
and use them wisely to stay alive.
Capcom's S/toms is a fast-
moving arcade game that
Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
Amiga: Late in the third quarter, Amiga takes place in outer space.
translations ofBionk Commandos and
Street Fighter will be introduced to the Street Fighter, on the other hand, is a
Pete Rose Pennant Fever
pubb'c. In case you haven't heard of Bionic quest to become the greatest street fighter
Commandos, it's a futuristic military op of all time. You've accepted challenges to
eration (where your soldier has telescop do battle around the world with ten oppo
ing arms, the latest weapons and bionic nents who also want the title. Sometimes
a fight is strictly a test of strength and
skill, but several of your adversaries have
magical powers. The program's graphics
are great, the sounds are interesting, and
Silent Software the action never stops.
Silent Software, a new name in the indus Sidearms and 1943 will also be released
try, is showing a lot ofpromise. Its people during the fall. Capcom's Sidearms is a
are veteran software devebpers, and fast-moving arcade game that takes place
they've set their sights higher than most of in outer space. The user can acquire a
the Amiga competition. I recently inter number of different weapons as he blasts
Rampage
viewed Reichart Von Wolfshield, a repre his way through enemy fleets and zones of
sentative of the group, who told me about floating space debris. I really liked the 64
their future plans. version of the game, but the Amiga trans
John Jermaine: Tell me about your new lation has been rewritten to take advan
software projects. tage of the system's superior sound and
Reichart Von Wolfshield: Do you remem graphics capabilities.
ber Jim Sachs, the programmer/artist who In 1943, Amiga software pilots fly mis
created Saucer Attack several years ago sions against the powerful Japanese fleet
on the 64? He's currently working on an as it prepares to invade Midway Island.
Amiga project called 20,000 Leagues Un This is a great shoot-'em-up, where the
der The Sea. The graphics are absolutely player has to deal with enemy bombers,
incredible, and Jim is doing the job right. fighters, aircraft carriers, destroyers and
We expect to release the product some the like. It also pays to keep an eye out for
time near the end of 1989. the enemy's secret weapons. If they can't
By the end of 1988, however, we hope to defeat you by conventional means, expect
have Onion (our first Amiga release) them to try something a bit more sinister.
ready to put on the market. Onion is basi
cally a sophisticated black and white ani Coining in 1989: Forgotten Worlds, for the
mation tool that was originally developed 64 and Amiga, is slated to ship early in
U.S.S. Ocean Ranger for in-house use. I know what you're the year. The user assumes the role of an
intergalactic adventurer who is fighting
Onion enables our people to for his life in a hostile sector of space.
Players battle giant snakes that suddenly
generate true animation in a appear and try to swallow you, monsters
that resemble the creatures in Aliens,
hurry, without having to draw fierce warriors who look like ancient
things out on paper a Egyptians and a number of other lethal
foes. In the two-player mode, the heroes
thousand times or more. join forces to save the universe. It's inter
esting to note that the characters have
thinking: Why would anyone want to cre maximum fire power when they're close
ate a black and white paint package for together, so don't let your enemies drive
the Amiga'' The program is similar to a you apart. The program also features
cartoonist's pencil test or "flip book" amazing 3D graphics, eight different
Take Doicn i where you flip through the pages to pro- colorful scenes, a store that sells various
115 types of weapons, and a new way of look-

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 93
ing at things (you can rotate your perspec which will be a basketball game. One of
tive a full 360 degrees). In short, I believe the best-kept secrets at Cinemaware, how
Forgotten Worlds is destined to become a ever, is their new horror movie project
software classic. based on classic 1950's black and white
As the third quarter comes to a close, films. This program will be larger than
Ghosts and Goblins: Part II should be out Lords of the Rising Sun and promises to
for both the 64 and Amiga home comput be an exciting experience.
ers. The program contains ghastly zom
bies, snakes that come up from the Data East
ground, a terrible storm (with plenty of W/128: Victory Road (the sequel to Ikari
wind, rain and lightning), and numerous Warriors) was scheduled for an October
interesting visual effects. If you're addict release. This time, the three heroes of Robocop
ed to action-packed arcade games, Ghosts Ikari Warriors battle the evil guardians of
and Goblins II will have you hooked in a the Temple of Demons. The player can
matter of seconds. protect himself by picking up a number of
Strider, for the two systems, is also weapons including: flame throwers, super
scheduled to ship in June or July. No de grenades and several different types of
tails are available at this time, however. guns. A smart user manages his fire pow
er like a business because everything is in
Cinemaware Corporation short supply. After completing many lev
els of play and destroying hordes of power
{Editor's Note: See "Cinemaware: In
Search ofInteractive Excellence'' in the ful monsters, you finally reach your desti
November issue of Commodore Magazine nation and confront the mighty demon of
for a complete update on Cinemaware's re the temple.
Super Hang-On, an elaborate motorcy
leases through 1988.]
cle simulation, is also scheduled to ship in
Coming; in 1989: Bob Jacobs, president of October.
Cinemaware tells me they have no plans Coming in 1989: Early in the year, Robo-
to develop a sequel to The Three Stooges cop will be knocking down the doors of 64
in the near future. There will be two fol owners. Data East couldn't reveal any in
low-up TV Sports projects next year, one of formation about this product, except to

The Honeymooners Jermaine: What are the scenarios like?


Mike Breggar, First Row's Director of Breggar: Two mini-games are nearing
Software Design, talked to me about The completion. One scenario has you, as
Honeymooners Game. Mike is a 35-year Ralph, sitting behind the wheel of a city
old trivia buff who's a podiatrist by day bus where a number of things are taking
and a professional programmer by night. place. Whenever people are waiting at a
I've also asked Howard Berk, Director of bus stop, for example, you must pick them
Licensing at Viacom Productions, to com up. Each passenger will tell you where he
ment on the subject. wants to go. Then you have to remember
Neuromancer
Jermaine: Tell me about The Honey the name of that street and drop them off
mooners. at the proper location. The user receives a
Mike Breggar: Basically, it's an interac certain amount of money for every pas
tive situation comedy on the computer. senger he takes to the right destination.
The Raccoon Lodge Convention is being In the Ed Norton challenge, the player
held in Miami Beach, Florida, and you (as goes into the sewer system and tries to fix
Ralph, Ed, Trixie or Alice) want to attend leaks in the pipes. The farther you go into
that special conference. This means the the sewer, the more money you earn mak
player has to earn a lot of money in order ing repairs. There's also a bonus leak,
to catch a train and journey to the land of that's worth more money than the stan
swaying palm trees. The train moves dard leaks. So make as many repairs as
along on railroad tracks, which resemble possible, and get out of the sewer before
the spaces of a conventional board game. time runs out or you won't collect any
Players get to move one track space for money.
everj' $10 earned in the program. The Jermaine: How are the computers' capa
Honeymooners also contains four different bilities used in The Honeymooners0,
scenarios (one about each of the famous Breggar: We're using digitized sound The Twilight Zone
characters). Continued or, page 116
1

94 DECEMBER 1988
say it faithfully follows the stoiyline of the can pick up his or her credits and any ob
movie. More home computer coin-op jects that person was carrying. You can
translations are also under development. also purchase many useful items includ
These titles include: Bad Dudes, Guerilla ing cars, bazookas, bombs, hand grenades,
Wars and Heavy Barrel (the hostage res radar equipment, a solar calculator, etc. A
cue game). little robot, your partner in these adven
tures, can also be equipped with numer
DigiTek ous special attachments. As you gain ex
64/128 and Amiga: When Rambo is no perience, your shirt changes color. You
where in sight, you can always count on gradually evolve into one of the intelli
Platmn
Joe Blade to get you out of a jam. The plot gentsia. Now you are the hunted instead
of this game is simple: Crax Bloodfinger, of the hunter. The Commodore 64 version
leader of an infamous band of terrorists, should be available in October; the Amiga
has kidnapped six important world lead is scheduled to ship in November.
ers. Unless the countries pay $30 billion Continued on page 113
dollars, the heads of state will lose their
heads. The captives are being held in
Bloodfinger's fortified headquarters,
which is crawling with members of his
elite private army. As the deadline ap Music-X
proaches, the nations refuse to pay the I spoke with play-tester Paul Stookey (of
ransom in an act of defiance against glo Peter, Paul and Mary), to find out more
bal terrorism. Enter Joe Blade. He's a about MicroDlusions Music-X.
fearless individual who received his basic John Jermaine: Is Musk-X a program for
training in a Tibetan monastery. Armed the average consumer who wants to make
with a semi-automatic gun, our hero infil music on his Amiga?
Contra trates the enemy stronghold. Now it's Paul Stookey: I have a feeling they'll real
time to rescue the prisoners and set explo ly have to love computers in order to use
sives to decimate the place. When all six the product. Even though I haven't seen
bombs have been activated, Joe has about the manual yet, I believe Musk-X was de
twenty minutes to make his escape. signed for the serious musician and the
Watch for this exciting new product on home computer hacker out there.
both the Commodore 64 and Amiga late Jermaine: What do you think of the pro
in the year. gram overall?
Howdy, pardner! If you're looking for Stookey: I'm initially impressed with its
real western action, mosey on down to the menu and basic capabilities. The sequenc
keyboard and load up Western Games, a er allows you to save musical events two
new multi-event program that dares you different ways: (1) in real time (as you're
to participate in six unusual contests. actually playing it), or (2) in step time
There's Arm Wrestling, Beer Shooting, (note by note on the keyboard).
Quid Spitting, a Dancing Contest, Cow The advantage of MIDI-oriented soft
Milking and an Eating Competition. This ware is you're not committing anything to
Boot Camp is a real break from the usual shoot-'em- the medium. You're only committing the
up programs. Overall, 1 give Western memory of generating music to the medi
Games four stars (out of five) for its comi um. When you play the recording back,
cal graphics, colorful backgrounds, fluid it's all first-generation sound. In simple
motion and interesting sounds. You can terms, Musk-X is like a robot that will
buy this time capsule competition early in continually repeat the same musical pat
tiie fourth quarter. tern you feed into it. That's why a lot of
The Cyber Complex, another fourth "garage tapes" are appearing on the mar
quarter release, transports you into the ket these days. All an artist has to do is
gloomy world of the 21st century. You live pack up his equipment (an Amiga, Music-
in an underground city, ruled by an ultra- X and the instruments he uses), work in
powerful robot. This supercomputer has a his garage for a while, take everything to
problem: it's become a little paranoid over a legitimate studio, and he can make re
the years. In fact, the machine is extermi cordings featuring first-generation back
nating intelligent human beings whom it ground music. In one pass, you can record
considers a threat to its future existence. genuine first-generation sound where
You become the robot's chief trouble shoot tempo information occupies one track, the
er; your job is "rubbing out" people the melody line is on another track, the base
mechanism considers dangerous. When line is on still another track, etc. There
Continued on page 117
ever you kill one of these characters, you

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 95
by Mark Jordan
PUMPING GEOS

GEOS 2.0 either because I never had the original


geoSpell. I can verify that everything
seems faster.
Berkeley Softworks' series of
And guess what. You can now color-code
GEOS-compatible products opens
your icons by type. Thus you could have
up a world of opportunity to all your applications blue, your geoWrite
Commodore users. Take some files red, and so on. I'm a believer in color-
tips from Mark Jordan and soon coding but it takes long-term use to really
you too will be Pumping GEOS. make it work. At any rate, with the old
GEOS, you couldn't do it and now you can.
GEOS 2.0 is new and improved. Very GeoWrite is version 2.1 which a lot of
you already have. If you're still working
improved. No doubt you've seen the Everythingseemstobe
ads which tell of many of the refinements with an earlier version, this inclusion
of the package. And it really is a package: getting even more intuitive alone may make GEOS 2.0 a must buy.
now you get geoSpell,geoWrite2.1, Text GeoPaint is where I feel the most useful
than GEOS already was, and improvements have come. A constrain
Grabber, and more with the GEOS sys
tem. Everything is faster, smoother and that's saying something. feature—which works with lines, circles,
easier to use. It is truly a program that and boxes—has been added. With it you
has come of age. menseiy to the professional feel of GEOS. can draw lines that are either vertical,
But is it worth it? You may already Here's another subtle improvement: now, horizontal, or 45-degree angles (and noth
have invested over $100 in GEOS soft when you open the Photo Manager, it ing else). With constrain and circle select
ware. Does the new, improved product automatically opens the first file on disk. ed, you will draw perfect circles. Shut it off
merit another $25 dollars of your hard- When using geoPublish, this saves one and your circles will become ellipses. Turn
earned money? Or would you be happier step. Not much, until you start geoPub- it back on and select the box icon and
spending it on a supreme pan pizza? Be lishmg a lot, in which case any steps you'll get boxes only, no rectangles. Shut
cause let's be honest, folks, if a piece of saved are appreciated. it off and rectangles are available.
software can't pass the pizza test, it's just Ever trashed a file you wished you The bitmap scaling feature is my favor
not worth buying. hadn't? You can now un-trash it, so long ite. If you own geoPublish, you'll quickly
I think it's worth it. If you're a GEOS as it's the last one trashed. recognize it from that program. Now you
user you will appreciate more than any can enlarge, stretch or shrink any item
one particular feature, the more profes The Other Things you grab. It's easy to do, just use the Edit
sional "feel" of the program. Everything The DeskTbp seems to be spiffed up and box tool to grab something, go to the Edit
seems to be getting even more intuitive sped up in almost every way. Now you can menu and choose "copy" or "cut," define a
than GEOS already was, and that's saying move icons around on the disk note pad new region any size with the Edit box tool,
something. where you want them instead of first posi and choose "paste" from the Edit menu.
tion first, etc. And now, if you select a new You'll get a dialog box that will let you
The Little Things printer driver or input driver, the icons center your original item if you wish, or
Take the clock, for instance. When you will exchange position on the disk note scale it to size. You can smooth it (get rid
boot up GEOS 2.0, a clock/calendar is sit pad automatically. of the jaggies) in the process and/or make
ting up on the command line just waiting I also appreciated the multiple-icon fea it either transparent or opaque. Last of
for you to type in the correct time and ture. Now you can select more than one all, you can even change the pattern of
date. It takes about five seconds to do so. icon at a time to move, copy, trash, what the graphic. This means that instead of all
Just click on it and type. There's no hunt ever. The procedure is simple and intu black areas being black, you can make
ing around for drop-down menus or wait itive: simply hold down the COMMO them any of the standard GEOS patterns.
ing for this or that to load into memory. DORE key as you click icons, then when Check out the 'Pumping GEOS" docu
It's there and it's working. The proof of its you want to perform some action on the ment to see bitmap scaling in action.
value is that I find myself always using it group, click on any of the highlighted There are several other improvements
as soon as I boot up. This is in contrast to icons, and you'll get a new icon called to geoPaint, many of which I haven't real
the dozens of other programs and operat "Mult-file" which you can manipulate. ly tested yet. As I stated earlier, the cursor
ing systems I've used where I never ever A feature that 1571 owners will really control of the pointer is a big small im
input the time. like is the one that lets you now use both provement, if you know what I mean.
Another real nice touch is the fact that sides of your disk. No longer is a two-drive
in geoPaint you can now use the cursor system a minimum setup. You can put Conclusions
keys to move the pointer a pixel at a time. lots of fonts and files on disk and still have Is everything perfect now in GEOS-
With a mouse or joystick it's tough to more than a byte or two left. land? No. I still don't particularly like sit
make such delicate movements, and lots They say in the literature that file copy ting and waiting so much when I'm using
of times it's delicate movements you want. ing is faster, though I couldn't verify this. the system. I don't have the RAM expand
This feature, though not promoted as Just like they say that geoSpell is faster— er and that would make a big difference,
much as some of the others, adds im- 38% faster—though I couldn't verify this Continued on page 112

96 DECEMBER 1988
Pumping GEOS/GEOS 2.0

The Ongoing Adventures of geoPete


The best new features of the GEOS 20 package come with geoPaint And
the best of these features is the Bitmap scaling feature Below I have
re-created a geoPaint screen to show what kind of effects can be easily
achieved using bitmap scaling

Also, fust for fun, I've included a |q£o: i file • edit > options ■ font;{^| =**oPete - 1 =
few errors in frames 2 - 4 of
geoPete To be exact, there are 3
I* qeoPete is
depressed.
of them per frame Use the first
\H
frame as your (excuse the pun)
frantic of reference geoPaint is
Hz] Because

i
excellent at creating these kind he's b««»
in feeHnq |
of observation-powers puzzles
In an upcoming issue, ni make a

HcokME
kind of
stretched
out Ivtety-
real tricky one ■UndoQ

oeos ■ lite ' edH lopinions' fonts gtt^^eoP^te - 2 =


Mouse Specks
s
Now that the mouse has become an integral
part of many home computer systems, the
question arises, what <jo you call more £
T
*~
than one of them. That's easy, comes the ....

IE
hasty response — mice. Anyone knows
that the plural of mouse is mice.
H color
But not so fast. The word lice is the plural
of louse and you know a.s veil as I <lo that
you'd never call those two jerks who work
at the office lice. You'd call them the a
couple of louses. Bat I
don't fed
■N tb«t
Berkeley Softworks seems to think mice is smooth.
the acceptable form. Page 2-27 of the GEOS
1.2 User's Manual states "Berkeley
Softworks is working with Commodore and
other mice manufacturers..."

I beg to differ. I have two mouses at my


house and instinctively, whenever
anybody in the family mentions them in
the plural, they say, "Hey, how come both
tjeos > file ■ edit i op<ions i fonts
mouses are always missing?"

What's right? Veil, I happen to know that,


contrary to popular belief, the real rules
for language come not from a few elitists
guarding the store, but from you and me
I qet stirtck*d op,
and all the other speakers in the land. stretched across.

So now's your chance: write to me in care


of Commodore Magazine and tell me,
mouses or mice. I'll report the results in
an upcoming issue.
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A Beginner's
Guide to
1541/1571 Disk
Files
Suppose you buy a business, a solid
business. Your first day at the place
you are astounded at the hundreds of file
cabinets. You ask one of the employees,
"How does anyone know what record is in
what file?" He responds, "Simple, just ask
Hilda." Hilda, it turns out, is a one-eyed
file librarian.
And she's mean. So you decide to leave
all that kind of work to the others while
you sit in the office and do presidential
stuff like giving orders.
For a while, this works. master the disk drive is because they've Ten?! Yes, but a mere three program
Then one night you are at the office read a little about the processes, and it lines will accomplish all ten.
late, reading box scores from USA Today. has left them blank. Tbo many terms, like To learn the process, you will need a
The phone rings. You answer. The caller, block, track and sector, and too many disk that you can save to. Get one and put
your biggest customer, wants to know cryptic abbreviations, like BAM, GRC, it in the disk drive and turn your comput
about his account. Sweat beads appear on and MFM. As Curley of Three Stooges er on ... it's time head down to the library.
your brow. You just knew this day was go fame might say, "This is confusing." Jar
ing to come. You rush to the files and be gon is okay—in fact, it's quite useful—but Writing a File
gin thrashing about. Two hours later you not for this article. Let the following "the We will start by writing a short file to
leave, file folders strewn on the floor and ory" be sufficient: disks hold data like re the disk. Tb write a file means to create a
one less customer to worry about. An un cord albums hold sound. The disk drive's new one on the disk, even if we don't put
likely scenario? Not if you see it as an brain knows where to "drop the needle" if anything in it. We'll give it a name and
analogy. Let me interpret it. The business we just ask it to. It knows this because it Hilda, our disk drive, will put it into the
you bought is your computer. Hilda is the keeps a catalog, or directory, ofjust where card catalog. Then it's there for whenever
operating system (DOSI that comes with everything is located on the disk. Think of we want it.
your disk drive. The files, ah need you this like a library with its card catalog So let's get creating and learn the rules.
ask? They are your disk files. And the telling where all the books are. In this li Type the following line:
late-night call? That's the first time you brary, however, users are not allowed to 10 OPEN 2,8,2,"TEST,W
decide you need to personally get at your get any books themselves: they must re RULE 1: Politely get Hilda's (your disk
disk files. quest their information from a reference drive's) attention. The OPEN statement is
Have you had your late-night call yet? librarian. the equivalent of saying to your disk
You will. Maybe it will happen when you The reference librarian in your disk drive, "Er, excuse me but I need some
purchase a new word processor and want drive is the operating system—one-eyed help."
to transfer your old files to the new sys Hilda. (My invention: don't expect to find RULE 2: Take a number, the first of 3.
tem. Or maybe one day for who-knows- this in your manual index. Her one eye, This number is your "file number." Hilda
what reason some old files won't load. Or by the way, is the disk drive's light.) And won't mess with you if you don't have it.
maybe it will come when you decide to Hilda is extremely etiquette-conscious. The number should be between 1 and 127.
write a little program that needs to save Picky. If you want information from her We chose a 2 in this instance. Why 2?
information on the disk. you will have to ask for it in just the right Why not?
I cannot tell you when it will happen, manner or risk her angry stare. Place this file number immediately
but happen it will and this much I can do: Of course, this applies not only to get after each OPEN statement with no punc
prepare you. That way, instead of panic, ting information from your disk, but also tuation between the two. A comma should
anger, and regrettable behavior, you can to storing it there as well. You will work follow it and all other numbers in your
answer that "phone" with confidence. via this same nit-picking librarian and OPEN statement. Once a file is OPENed,
you will obey all rules. any time we want to refer to it, we simply
This Better Not Get Complicated That's the bad news. The good news is use this number.
I think the reason so many computer that there are only ten rules for you to RULE 3: Pick an 8. This is the device
owners shy away from learning how to worry about. number. Why 8? Commodore disk drives

100 DECEMBER 1988


Programming/A Beginner's Guide to 1541/1571 Disk Files ADVERTISEMENT

come shipped as device number 8. It's this


number that assures Hilda that you're
tions. You can put things in the file just
the same way you can print things onto
Flight
talking to her. Had we put a 4 here, the
printer would have stirred. A 1 would've
the screen: with direct quotes, with varia
bles, or with plain old numbers. In our
notes
#2E
put the cassette recorder into motion, if we line 20, we simply put what we wanted to
had one. When working with Commodore save inside of quotes and that was that.
-y* Wrapping Gp Europe - The deadline for
disk drives, we will always use the num But it would have worked just as well to
entering our "Find Red Square" contest was
ber 8 as our device number, unless we send that data in the form of a variable.
November 15th, 1988. Current plans ca!l for
have a second drive. Those of you who do, For example, we could have defined
a mid-December drawing to determine the
already know that you had to change its AS = 'THIS IS A TEST." and then simply contest winner. This contest, requiring you to
device number, most likely to 9. It's very used this format: PRINT#2,A$ use Flight Simulator or Jet to locate Red
simple to write (or read) from the second This is a much more versatile method Square on our new "Western European
drive—you just change this number to 9. and one you'll usually use when writing Tour" Scenery Disk, was as much fun for us
By the way, don't forget your comma after programs. as it was for you! Watch for another Scenery

this number. If we wanted to send a number to the Disk promo contest next year.

RULE 4: Pick another number, this file, we could have done it like this:
-4* The success of Stealth Mission has
time one between 2 and 15. Again, a com PRINT#2,7
really surprised us. Rather than develop
ma must follow it. This number is official Or we could have used a variable there
product quickly for an increasingly
ly known as the channel number, but also instead of the direct number. As in: cost-conscious consumer market, our
most folks refer to it as the secondary ad N = 7:PRINT#2,N engineering staff decided to spare no
dress. Secondaiy addresses are the source After line 20 executes, Hilda will do ex expense and create the ultimate simulation in
of much confusion when dealing with actly as she's told, plus she will add a RE terms of strategic depth and program polish.

printers and interfaces. With disk drives, TURN to the end of what we've printed. One example of Stealth Mission's strategic

you only need to know the following: an This little habit of our computer is impor depth is the ability to choose your aircraft
type. Your ability to fly either an F-19 Stealth
address of 0 is reserved for program loads, tant to know about. For those of you new
fighter, the experimental forward-swept wing
1 is reserved for program saves, and 15 is to programming, a RETURN to you is
X-29. or a Navy F-14 Tomcat provides a
reserved for special disk drive commands. simply a press of the RETURN key. The
first-hand perspective on the way mission
So why are we using a 2 here? Because result is that the cursor will jump to the challenges can vary depending on your
we used 2 as OUT file number. It just next line on the left margin. It gets its stealth capabilities.
makes it easier to keep brack of things. name from electric typewriters which re
RULE 5: Tell the disk drive the name of turn the carriage each time it is pressed. Stealth Mission's polish is like nothing you've

the file you want to store. Our example The computer, however, views RE ever experienced before. One

TURN a little differently. Each time you much-appreciated new feature is the ability
here chose the name 'TEST". Don't omit
to pause aircraft motion while you adjust your
the quotations marks or you'll get about press RETURN the computer inserts a
strategies (such as weapon/target selection)
as far with Hilda as a child trying to train single character into whatever you're do
or system settings. For fumble-fingered
a cat to sit. ing. This character doesn't show on the
computer pilots like myself, this feature lets
RULE 6: Tell the disk drive whether screen. It is just a number—13. me concentrate more on my strategies rather
you want to store or retrieve a file. The Well, Hilda, our disk drive librarian, is than on perfecting my sensory-motor skills.

comma/W tells her that you want store fastidious about putting a 13 at the end of Autopilot landing and airborne refueling

one (the W stands for "write" which is syn each PRTNT# statement we use. You may systems eliminate much of the difficulties

onymous with "store"). Later, we'll learn think of this as a bookmark. Later, when and frustrations of flying. Stealth Mission is
unlike any other simulation I've ever flown. It's
to use a comma/R to retrieve a file. Since viewing a file's contents, we'll see how use
truly a gem. Enjoy!
we're writing a file, it's important to our ful these bookmarks can be.
disk drive to see if a file already exists by Guess what? We're done with our file.
-41 Its Back! Not advertised since early
that name. Hilda will check. If none ex But we need one more line to finish things 1984. the classic Might Mission Pinball will

ists, she will get a file folder out of the up. It's mostly a courtesy to Hilda, but like be back in production once again by the time

drawer and create a new entiy to catalog. all aspects of our relationship with this you read this. Priced at only 529.95, now
That's what she's doing now. woman, it's crucial to obey all formalities. everyone can afford to add this classic to their

There, that wasn't so bad. Now that 30 CLOSE 2 software collection. If you're a family person

That's it? That's it. The rule is this: like myself, be prepared to be without your
we've got our file on Hilda's desk, any
computer for extended periods of time.
time we want her to do anything with the RULE 10: Tell Hilda to put the file
Pinball's uncanny realism and general appeal
file all we need to do is refer to it by its away. CLOSE does that and 2 is the file
has a way of captivating everyone.
number. So let's do something with it. number. Now, run this program. The disk
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Pokeless
Sprites
for the Commodore 64

Pokeless Sprites is a short (396 bytes)


machine language utility that will al
low you to easily control sprites. Instead of
looking up addresses to poke to or worry
ing about logical operators, all you will
have to do is change a few variables.
Whether you are just starting out or an
experienced sprite programmer, you will
find Pokeless Sprites a valuable utility.
Type the program in, then save it. Now
run the program. If the data is correct,
then you will see "pokeless on." Other
wise, check your data statements.
The following explanation of how to use
pokeless sprites assumes you understand
the basics of sprite programming such as
how they get their shapes, what multico
lor is, etc. If you don't, refer to the sprite
section in your user's guide.

Class One Variables:


Color and Position
The first variable in class one sets the
pointer to the sprite's shape. The com
mand is: P%(sprite number) = value. If
you want to set the pointer for sprite zero
to 192, all you have to do is type:
P%(0) = 192. The second variable allows BASIC through a technique called "bank byte of the address for the first sprite
you to change the sprite's color. The vari switching." Underneath the BASIC ROM pointer. Tb shut Pokeless off, use RUN/
able C% acts in the same way as P9& does. is a hidden RAM. Pokeless Sprites copies STOP RESTORE.
Use C% (sprite number) = value to set it. the ROM to RAM, and then switches the Finally, I have found Pokeless Sprites to
The coordinates are set by using the var RAM in. Then key BASIC routines are be a valuable utility that makes sprite
iables Xc/< and Y%. In the case of X9c, val modified so that they jump to Pokeless programming much less frustrating. I
ues range from 0-511. The "seam" is auto Sprites. hope you do too.
matically taken care of. The remaining This method of modifying BASIC has The author wishes to thank James
two variables in class one, Ml'/r and M27f, several advantages. First, it doesn't slow Ghofulpo for his help in preparing this ar
set the multicolor one and two. BASIC down as much as other methods ticle.
do. Second, it allows for shorter code.
Class Two Variables: Third, it allows you to treat the variables Quick Reference Table
On and Off, etc. exactly like you normally would. The big Name Range Explanation
All class two variables have binary val gest disadvantage of this technique is that P%() 0-255 Sets pointer value
ues. That is, their value is either 1 or 0. you can't use any programs that make use C%() 0-255 Sets color value
E% turns sprites on and off. H9r controls of the hidden RAM with Pokeless X%() 0-511 Sets X coordinate
horizontal expansion, V% controls vertical switched on. Y%{) 0-255 Sets Y coordinate
expansion, Mc/c turns multicolor mode on A few final notes. Pokeless does not Ml 9d 10-255 Sets multicolor (1) value
and off, and We sets priority over the check to see if your variables are in range. M29H 10-255 Sets multicolor (2) value
background. For example, to turn on However, you can prevent problems by di E%{) 0-1 Tlirns sprites on and off
sprite five, just type E#i5) -1. E%(5) = 0 mensioning arrays. Also, if you plan on H%() 0-1 Sets horizontal expansion
turns it off. moving screen memory, you won't be able V%() 0-1 Sets vertical expansion
to use P% unless you make the following WH ) 0-1 Sets multicolor mode on/off
How it Works pokes: POKE 53207,LO : POKE B%() 0-1 Sets background priority
Pokeless Sprites works by modifying 53208.HI. HI and LO are the high and low Use: Name (sprite number) = value Q

104 DECEMBER 1988


Programming/Pokeless Sprites

Before typing [his program, rod "HOW tu Enter Programs" and "How to L'se the Magazine
237'BCQE
Entry Program." The BASIC program* in this magazine are available on disk from Loadstar.
10027 DATA 207,173,242,207,010,024,
P.O. Box 30008. Shrcvepon. LA 711304007, 1-800-831-2694.
109'BCBF
Pokeless Sprites 10028 DATA 237,207,168,165,101,153,
000'BCGA
10 PRINT"(CLEAR]"'BATX
10029 DATA 208,173,237,207,240,001,
20 FOR X=0 TO 395:READ A
096'BCLB
:POKE 52 8 50+X,A:CK=CK+A:NEXT'JXT1
10030 DATA 174,242,207,169,001,224,
30 IF CKO55607 THEN PRINT"ERROR IN
000'BCBY
DATA STATEMENTS":END'GIDL
10031 DATA 240,005,024,010,202,208,
40 SYS(52850)'BHRB
252'BCNA
50 PRINT"POKELESS ON'"BAWE
10032 DATA 141,237,207,165,100,208,
60 NEW'BALC
020'BCYB
10001 DATA 169,000,162,160,133,095,
10033 DATA 169,255,056,237,237,207,
134'BCIW
141'BCAC
10002 DATA 096,162,192,133,090,134,
10034 DATA 237,207,173,016,208,045,
091'BCRX
237'BCRD
10003 DATA 133,088,134,089,032,191,
10035 DATA 207,141,016,208,168,096,
163'BCVY
173'BCUE f
10004 DATA 165,001,041,254,133,001,
10036 DATA 016,208,013,237,207,141,
17 3'BCUA
016'BCCF
10005 DATA 178,207,174,179,207,141,
10037 DATA 208,096,170,165,101,157,
228'BCDB
000'BCHA
10006 DATA 177,142,229,177,160,076,
10038 DATA 208,096,141,237,207,174,
17 3'BCDC
242'BCTB
10007 DATA 180,207,174,181,207,140,
10039 DATA 207,169,001,224,000,240,
211'BCFD
005'BCRC
10008 DATA 169,141,212,169,142,213,
10040 DATA 024,010,202,208,252,141,
169'BCTE
238'BCVA
10009 DATA 096,165,069,141,239,207,
10041 DATA 207,165,101,240,013,174,
165'BCFF
23 7'BCEB •
10010 DATA 070,141,240,207,140,237,
10042 DATA 207,189,000,208,013,238,
207'BCBW
207'BCKC
10011 DATA 032,178,177,169,001,141,
10043 DATA 157,000,208,096,169,255,
241'BCNX
056'BCYD
10012 DATA 207,165,101,172,237,207,
10044 DATA 237,238,207,141,238,207,
153'BCKY
174'BCVE
10013 DATA 242,207,096,145,073,173,
10045 DATA 237,207,189,000,208,045,
241'BCRA
238'BCSF
10014 DATA 207,208,001,096,169,000,
10046 DATA 207,157,000,208,096,171,
141'BCEB
206'BCLA
10015 DATA 241,207,162,000,142,237,
10047 DATA 201,206,080,000,029,207,
207'BCAC
000'BCLB
10016 DATA 189,182,207,009,128,205,
10048 DATA 088,000,038,207,000,089,
239'BCBD
000'BCAC
10017 DATA 207,208,032,232,189,182,
10049 DATA 038,207,001,067,000,018,
207'BCQE
207'BCYD
10018 DATA 009,128,205,240,207,208,
10050 DATA 039,069,000,119,207,021,
021'BCCF
072'BCGB
10019 DATA 232,189,182,207,141,253,
207'BCRA 10051 DATA 000,119,207,029,086,000,
10020 DATA 232,189,182,207,141,254, 119'BCDC
207'BCSX 10052 DATA 207,023,077,000,119,207,
10021 DATA 232,189,182,207,108,253, 028'BCFD
207'BCUY 10053 DATA 066,000,119,207,027,077,
10022 DATA 174,237,207,138,024,105, 049'BCPE
005'BCJA 10054 DATA 112,207,037,077,050,112,
10023 DATA 170,224,090,144,199,096, 207'BCCF
024'BCVB 10055 DATA 038,029,254,200,128,000,
10024 DATA 109,242,207,170,165,101, 000'BCSA
157'BCJC 10056 DATA 000,000,000,000,000,000,
10025 DATA 000,208,096,174,242,207, 000'BCWB
165'BCND 10057 DATA 000,000,000,119'BPGA
10026 DATA 101,157,248,007,096,141, END

COMMODORE MAGAZINE 105


PROGRAMMING by Mike Rivers

Introducing
Amiga CLI
Part3
The Startup-Sequence

Last month we discussed the use of the


Amiga's screen editor, ED. This
month we will investigate the ''startup-se
quence," found in the "S" directory of the
Workbench disk. The startup-sequence is
an executable file which is invoked upon
initialization or system reset. It is com
prised of CLI commands that configure
the Amiga and its operating system, and
usually concludes by loading Workbench.
You can use the CLI and ED to customize
your startup-sequence to your needs.
Let's look at the original startup-se
quence on the stock A500/A2000 Work
bench disk. (As always, work with a
backup copy of your Workbench disk.) command. gives a non-zero "return code" greater
First, boot the Amiga and open a CLI win if Exists sys:system than or equal to 30, then the command se
dow. For those of you who missed the last Path sys:system add quence has failed and will abort. The re
two articles, refer to your system guide to endif turn code (30) indicates how serious the
see how this is done. To view and edit the EXISTS checks to see if the object of the error was. The default value for FAILAT
startup-sequence, type: "ed s/startup-se- argument, the directory "system," exists is 10. If the fail limit is increased, it means
quence" at the CLI prompt. ED will dis in the root directory of the system disk, that you have designated certain classes
play the contents of this file. Now let's designated by the logical device "SYS:". of errors to be non-fatal and that the re
look at a line-by-line description. Satisfied that the director}1 "system" ex maining commands in the sequence may
The first thing we see is the "echo" com ists, a route through the directory is added proceed. Immediately after setting the re
mand. This ''writes a given argument to to the operating system using the PATH turn code limit at its highest level, 30, the
the current output stream." You see this command. The conditional statement is command SETCLOCK is executed with
enigmatic sort of language used in the then terminated with the ENDIF com its load option. The command sequence
AmigaDOS manual. It illustrates the fact mand. After this path to the system draw attempts to load the system clock with the
that there are all sorts of things which er is established, the same thing is done time from the battery-backup clock. If the
come under the heading of "arguments" for the utilities drawer in like fashion. clock is not there or the battery is too low,
and many ways for output to be directed. Next, "Dir RAM:" is executed, which the command SETCLOCK fails and re
In this case, a message is printed to the will cause the RAM disk icon to appear on turns an error level of 5. Upon seeing this,
screen, "A500/A2000 Workbench disk. Re the Workbench screen. A path to the the CLI compares this to the level 30 and
lease 1.2 version 33.59*N". The asterisk RAM disk is added with the PATH com says "no big deal, keep going." The ">"
and the "N" generate a line feed and are mand. then redirects any messages to a logical
not displayed when the message is "SetMap" is a 1.2 command which is device called NIL:. Any message directed
printed. used to change the keymap for the key to NIL: is not printed to the screen and
The next command to be executed is board. Here, it is set to "usal" for the prevents the CLI window from getting
"BindDrivers." BINDDRIVERS is used to A500 and A2000. cluttered with error messages. DATE dis
"bind" add-on hardware like hard disk "Addbuffers dffl: 20" adds 20-sector plays the date and finally the command
drives to device drivers found in the cache buffers to the specified disk drive. ENDCLI is given. The CLI window disap
SYS:Expansion directory. The hardware As the comment says, it uses up some pears, and any message generated by this
has to have been "auto-configured" by the memory, but improves disk access time. goes to NIL:. At this point Workbench is
expansion library. That is. the expansion Now we get to "LoadWb" which, as you on the screen and ready to use.
library has put each board in its own ad may have guessed, loads Workbench. As you can see, a lot goes on during the
dress space or has linked memory boards The next command is particularly in execution of the startup-sequence; this is
into the "memory free" pool. teresting, especially if you are used to see why there is a delay between the first
Now we come to something that will ing "go/no-go" error messages in BASIC. startup message and the conclusion of the
look familiar to a programmer—the "If' "Failat 30" means that if the program Continued on page 108

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Programming/Introducing Amiga CLI— The Games: Winter Edition
second. Confidence is an essential trait for
Continued [mm page 100 Continued from page 20 slalam skiers.
sequence. By incoiporating your own com
Ski Jump
mand sequences and saving them using Ski Jump is an exciting event, by far Speed Skating
ED, you can customize your startup-se
the game's best designed and executed. This one- or two-player event features
quence so your Amiga will be configured This one is miles above similar competi outstanding animation and rigorous play
just the way you want it when you boot tion found in Winter Games. er interaction. Break out the Epsom
up. For example, suppose you want a CLI Players are given three tries to achieve salts—you'll need it after competing here.
window to be open when the startup-se the greatest distance. The event begins Players race one of four lengths on an
quence is finished. All you have to do is with a menacing view of the ramp tower, oval track, from a one-half lap quickie to
insert NEWCLI in the file alter the your skier a mere dot on this imposing five arduous times around. Joystick con
"Endcli>NIL:" command. You could per trol features a maddening version of the
structure. Starting down the ramp, the
sonalize your startup-sequence using the rhythm method that can easily lead to
view switches to an awesome 3D perspec
ECHO command by printing your own
tive. Use the joystick to crouch down (for frustration. Players must move the stick
messages in the startup-sequence file. speed) and steer to the middle of the slope. left and right in perfect timing with the
Bear in mind that the more you add to the skater's legs. A window graphic helps with
Far below, the crow waits.
startup-sequence, the longer it will take to a close-up view of the skater.
The instant you see the end of the ramp,
execute. Prepare for a lot of falling down until
press the fire button to jump, A split sec
It's useful to use the startup-sequence to you master the right moves. Vertical skat
ond too late and you'll crash head first
copy your favorite CLI commands to ing on the comers offers the most trouble.
into the snow. Hit it on the money and
RAM, so they will be there when you be Watch your skater's left leg to capture the
you'll be soaring with the birds. The sen
gin a CLI session. Depending on what sation of flight is tremendous, aided by connect rhythm. Five-lap races between
model Amiga you have and how much top-notch graphics and sound effects.
two skilled human competitors make this
memory is available, you will experience the best head-to-head contest of the entire
Player perspective now returns to third
varying degrees of success here. An unex- game.
person, allowing you to view your skier
panded A1000 isn't going to have a lot of from the side. Use the joystick to lean for
space for RAM, but an A2000 with a cou
ward or back and raise or lower your Downhill Skiing
ple of megs of RAM will allow you to fit arms. Maintain a tight 45-degree angle This is another ambitious design that
the entire Workbench disk in memory. Tb almost—but not quite—works as intend
for the best distance and style points. Hit
copy "c" commands to RAM, insert ed. Once again, poor documentation
the joystick button in this stance to enter
"Makedir RAM:C" after "PATH RAM: hinders the already obscure design.
the landing position. Careful—any other
add" in the startup-sequence. Then copy position and you'll only crash. One player at a time competes in this
your most frequently-used commands us fast-moving event. Competition begins by
When everything comes together per
ing the COPY command. For example, placing four cameras along the twisting
fectly, this is the game's most satisfying
COPY c: to RAM:c. You can then assign event.
mountain course. The event features an
the "c" directory using the ASSIGN com incredible first-person 3D perspective on
mand like this: ASSIGN c: RAM:c. Then the straightaways, switching to a side-an
every time AmigaDOS goes looking for a
In less creative hands, so
gle view within range of the TV cameras.
CLI command, it will look at RAM and many variations on a single When in front of the cameras, skiers are
not your Workbench disk. This can save urged to show off by performing aerial
on disk swaps. theme would spell software flips.
You may have a pair of applications you
overkill. The purpose of downhill skiing is to
want to multitask and have them share pass through various "gates" and achieve
the same character font. You could modify the fastest time. The action here moves
the startup-sequence on a custom Work Slalam fast and furious—so much so that most of
bench disk to assign the logical device Enter this seemingly innocent event your time will be spent trying to slow
FONTS: to a particular disk. Here you and be prepared for a wild ride. What down. The 3D graphics are spectacular,
would place "Assign SYS:fonts: to looks simple turns out to be one of the but the gates are easily missed. Corners
dfl fonts'' in the startup-sequence. Then toughest challenges of The Games. are difficult to maneuver at slow speeds,
every time an application looks for a font A split screen allows one or two players however. And how many Olympic down
it will look to dfl:. to square off at a time. Two course lengths hill racers do flips for the TV cameras?
It's up to you to you decide what you (350 and 400 kmi and two difficulty levels Something's amiss here.
need from your startup-sequence. If you'd are offered. The object is to weave in and If you can find the balance between
like to find out what other Amiga owners out of a series of flags without hitting a speed and agility, Downhill Skiing has a
are doing with their startup-sequences pole or the sides of the course. Pressing lot to offer.
you can find customized startup files on the fire button increases your speed. The The Games: Winter Edition offers some
public domain disks that do some fairly racer with the fastest time wins. of the sharpest graphics and animation of
clever things. Or you can check with your Another rhythm method event, players the entire Epyx series. Even experienced
local user group. IVe heard that some must utilize precise movements and strict competitors will find the play action men
startup-sequences play digitized sounds or concentration to survive. The frustration tally and physically uncompromising.
speak greetings to their programmers us factor runs high here—one mistake and Some events may run hot and cold, but as
ing the SAY command. Collect 'em all! the game is over. For this reason, go easy a whole, this is a solid addition to a grand
Trade 'em with vour friends! ra on the fire button and don't hesitate for a tradition. Q

108 DECEMBER 1988


Amiga Update/Amiga Public Domain
virtually no strategy on the player's part. doesn't seem to be very good at all. This
Continued from page 57
Chance is what usually dictates whether animation requires one megabyte.
ShowANIM. (ShowANEVI doesn't even al
you will win or lose.
low you to alter anything while the ani
Marilyn: by Mitchell Hurst
mation is playing.)
Say Date: by David Czaya (AmigaZone file #13331)
Display's loop mode is superior to
(AmigaZone file #13015) An interesting animation of Marilyn
ShowAMM's in that the pause between
A simple program that will tell you the Monroe giving a kiss through a window,
loops is much smaller. Display will even
date (but not the time) via the Amiga's with color wallpaper serving as a border
show an IFF picture (in overscan I if you
speech capabilities. for the animation. Marilyn was created
ask it to. Display not only has its own
with Animation: Multiplane and Anima
icon, but it also comes with a file requester
Insane: by Ken Baer tion Stand from Hash Enterprises, and re
for selecting which animation to run. This
(AmigaZone file #12742) quires one megabyte of memory to run.
means that you can now run AN1M for
A fascinating variation on Leo Schwab's As I was finishing this month's column
mat animations from the Workbench!
The Dream Goes Berserk. Fully titled I received Fish disks 147 through 154, so I
Those who refuse to touch the CLI can
"The Dream Goes Insane," this animation will be talking about the contents of those
now finally view on their own PD anima
was the result of Ken using Animation: disks next month. As always, I can be
tions from the likes of VideoScape 3D and
Multiplane to add a blur effect to Leo's reached on the AmigaZone on PeopleLink
Animator Apprentice.
original animation. If you could imagine (ID: G KINSEY), or on the IDCMP BBS
BlueMoon: by Tbny Vallot watching Leo's animation on a very long- (617) 769-3172 (300/1200/2400 baud, run
(AmigaZone file #13049; persistance monitor, that's what The ning 24 hours a day), addressed to SY-
Shareware: amount not specified I Dream Goes Insane looks like. Of course SOP. If you have written a public domain
A decent no-frills functional solitaire The Dream Goes Insane requires one me shareware/freely distributable program,
card game in which you must align all gabyte of memory to run. or have obtained one that you think is
four suits from low to high. worth mentioning to all Amiga owners,
Intelsat: by M. Vines then please attempt to contact me via the
King: by David Downing (AmigaZone file #12853) above, or through Commodore Magazine.
(AmigaZone file #12762) A VideoScape 3D animation of a satel See you next month.
This is King's Korner, a solitaire game lite orbiting a planet. Although this ani
written in compiled AmigaBASIC. Al mation at first looks quite good for a nor Tb sign up to PeopleLink and their
though the graphics (for an AmigaBASIC mal VideoScape 3D animation, when you AmigaZone, call them at:
game) are quite nice, the game requires realize that the author used HAM, it (800) 524-0100 (voice) m

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Programming/A Beginner's Guide to 1541/1571 Disk Files
Continued from page 101 keeps track of. Each time after requesting INPUT# grabs the characters all the way
fundamental understanding of how to data from the disk drive ST is updated. If to the next RETURN. Since we just
work with the disk drive. Next we'll see it is a zero, everything's fine. If it's more opened the file, we grab all of it up to the
how to retrieve the data in our little file. than zero, something's amiss. RETURN Hilda inserted. Easy.
Now let's try running our program So if it's so easy, why not use INPUT#
Reading a File again to see what happens. all the time? Because it has limitations.
Ready? Let's muster up our courage and Done? Okay, type PRINT AS again. The first limitation is that INPUT#
go ask Hilda to give us back our file. Hil This time you'll see nothing on the screen. will also stop reading data after it spots a
da may have her personality problems, TVy this: PRINT ASC (A$). Aha, a 13 ap comma, colon or period. If we had original
but once you learn to speak her lingo she's pears. Does that ring a bell? It's a RE ly placed this in our file: "THIS IS A
a tireless worker. TURN. Remember, Hilda placed one at TEST. HI MOM." INPUT# would stop at
Type NEW and press RETURN. The the end of the file. This proves we've got the first period. HI MOM would be lost.
rules for retrieving files and reading their ten all the characters in our file. There's a way around this limitation. If
contents are not much different than for Just to show you everything is working you want to grab strings of characters
writing them. Start by getting Hilda's at so far, add this temporary line: which may include punctuation marks,
tention again. 25 PRINT A$; you must save them with a quotation
10 OPEN 2,8,2/TEST.R" Now run the program and you'll see our mark at the beginning. For instance,
No new rules here. The only difference text, "THIS IS A TEST." appear a charac when we wrote this file we could've done it
between this line 10 and the one for writ ter at a time. like this:
ing a file is the comma/R at the end which So everything's fine as far as getting the PRINT#2.CHR$(34iTHIS IS A TEST.
has already been explained. It tells our data is concerned. Except that we can only HI MOM."
disk drive to read rather than write a file. hang onto a byte at a time. We need a way That CHR$<34) is nothing other than a
20 GET #2,A$ to preserve each item. There are several quotation mark. The reason we had typed
Type that in and then let's try running ways to do this. One way is to add A$ to it out this way instead of simply pressing
the program to see what happens. another string each time through the the quote key (SHIFT/2) is because we al
What happened? Well, for one thing, loop. Like this: 25 B$ = B$ + A$ ready are using quotes to set off the mes
the disk light is on—Hildas ticked about Now run the program and then type sage we wish to send. That would've con
something. Something must be wrong. PRINT B$. You'll see the text just as we fused Hilda.
Did you ruin your disk? Did you ruin your saved it. Another limitation of using INPUT# to
computer? Did you tap into the CIA's se Another way is to preserve the data is get data from your disk is that it can only
cret files? to use an array. Tb do this you need to get as many bytes as your computer's in
No, no, no. You simply forgot to tell DIM the array first at the top of the pro put buffer will hold. On the 64 that's 88
your disk drive that you were done with gram. Add these two lines: characters; on the 128 the buffer's maxi
the file. In a minute I'll tell you how to do mum si2e is 160 bytes. This limitation
that. For now, let's see if we got any infor 5 DIM A$(1000) isn't usually a problem, but it can be.
mation at all. 20GET#2,A$(T):T = T + l Okay. All that's left to do is say goodbye
Type PRINT AS and press RETURN. 25 and thank you to Hilda. Type this line:
You will see a "I" on the screen. Know 40 CLOSE 2
where that came from? It's the first char Note that we changed line 20 and de That wasn't bad. If we run the program
acter in the file we saved. So we did get leted line 25. Now after running the pro again, the only change is that Hilda no
something after all. But what about the gram you can find out what each charac longer glares at us upon completion.
rest of the file? How do we get it... and ter of the file was by printing A$(X) where That's the end of part one of our lesson.
keep it? X equals whatever character you're look You have just learned how to save data
We need to add this line: ing for. For example, if you want to know to disk in a sequential file. There are other
30IFST=0THEN20 what the third character was in the file, file types (like relative and user) but se
Continuing with our Hilda metaphor simply type PRINT A$(3) and you'll find quential files are the most common and
(bear with me, please), here's how it out (it'll be an T in our TEST file). If you the easiest to learn.
works. We ask Hilda to give us our file, a want to see all the characters, type: At this point you may be ready to start
byte at a time (line 201. After she fetches FOR I = 1 TO TPRINT A$(I);:NEXT. doing some programming making use of
each byte, she calls over to the main office This array method is superior to the your new knowledge. Or you might want
and gets a fellow who goes by the initials previous one because it allows us to have to muse over these things until next
ST and whispers something to him. She more than 255 characters. Also, it is easi month when we look at how to put our
won't tell us directly so we have to ask ST, er to deal with when we're looking for cer knowledge of disk writing skills to good
What's wrong? ST usually answers cheer tain characters as is often the case when use: to transfer files from one form to an
fully, "Nothing." If ST answers "64" then converting files. More on that in the next other, to write programs that access the
we know that Hilda didn't find any more installment of this series. disk drive, and more.
bytes. We've reached the end of our file. There's an even easier way to get our Or maybe you'll get a late-night phone
What happens then? Well, line 30, an text from the file. Type this: call between now and then. Go ahead, an
IF/THEN statement, is false so we fall 20INPUT#2,A$ swer the phone. Even if everybody else
through to the end of the program. Run the program and print A$ and has gone home, Hilda's out there some
What's going on here is that we are you'll see you got all the text at one fell where. And now you know how to give her
checking a variable, ST, the computer swoop. Thanks, Hilda. But why? Because orders—politely. g

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Software Reviews/Dragon's Lair 64 and 128 Software Reviews/Force 7 - Pumping GEOS/GEOS 2.0
Continued from page 30 Continued from page 96
Continued from page 22
sion of true, smooth movement for slow, similar to the starring nasties in the I'm told. I realize that an eight-bit ma
staggering jumps around the play field. aforementioned film, these walking night chine isn't ever going to behave like a 16-
Now I know this program, with its bulk mares can rise out of the floor and spring bitter. But there are a few things about
and variety of challenges, packs plenty of into an attack at any given moment. They GEOS and its family of products that I bet
play into this adventure, and the uneven are quick, agile and incredibly strong. It could be sped up with some programming
animation is only an occasional occur will take nearly a half dozen well-placed changes.
rence. But any lack of fluidity can be an blasts to bring one down. For instance, when you delete a line on
unwanted handicap in a contest that re But don't despair, this is not a one-sided the screen in geoWrite, you must wait for
quires so many timed, precise maneuvers. match. The crew that you will drop into the entire screen to rewrite itself. Why
this dastardly labyrinth are a competent couldn't a block memory move be done to
lot of gung-ho soldiers. The skills and hoist everything up a notch? (I can hear
Seventeen different tests of equipment that each surrogate has been the engineers already: "Okay, Mr. Know-
it-all, come on down and start hoisting.")
strength, dexterity and outfitted with are widely varied, giving
Or couldn't geoPaint let users jump a
you a full complement of highly talented
perseverance have been professional fighters armed with the most drawing-window at a time around the
advanced weapons available. Since only screen instead of the inexact and slow pro
devised, each presented as a one soldier can explore at a time, the dele cesses now available?
distinct arcade game within gation of duties becomes the strategic key. And here's a really big idea I've been
Each person excels in a defined area, and kicking around: is there any way that
the same. must be called upon at the right time to GEOS could be put into a cartridge or a
demonstrate his expertise. If you don't as replaceable ROM chip? Or maybe some
sess the situation and assign duties cor how included with the RAM expander?
Aside from this problem, the only other rectly, then this will undoubtedly be an I'm out of my league now because I don't
foreseeable complaint might stem from an abbreviated mission. know much about hardware, but I do
unusual play element found in the origi To aid you in your cause, at the base of know this: if there were a way to have
nal game. When working your way the play field is an Information Panel, a GEOS always pop up when you turned on
through the Lair's challenges that are narrow atrip designed to provide a con your computer, people would start using it
looking for a specific joystick tug or pull, stant update of the players' vitals. Color a lot.
your surrogate will only react when the coding helps you to quickly locate and
correct controller input is made. Tb em read any specifics that might be needed. GEOS is an evolving product
phasize, NO character movement will be To the right of this Panel is a Motion De
made if you don't make the required joy tector, a radar device which will flash to and Berkeley Softworks is a
stick response. Players who try to initiate warn you whenever an Alien Leader is
an incorrect on-screen move will often about to attack.
company that listens to the
misinterpret the absence of action as a The rest of the play screen provides a user community. GEOS 2.0
program flaw, screaming that they tried to three-quarter overhead perspective of the
avoid the danger, but their Dirk didn't plant floor on which your crew member is is proof of that.
react. Tb the newcomer, it can be a frus currently searching. The graphics are
trating situation. But as stated earlier, colorful, crisp and exacting. Each creature Maybe these ideas would be difficult to
this designed controller quirk is found in has its own distinct look and move, with implement. Maybe they'd be easy. GEOS
the videodisc version of the game as well. Alien Leaders actually grimacing before is an evolving product and Berkeley
Software Projects has merely carried this they wriggle to the floor to die. Every Softworks is a company that listens to the
aspect over to the home adaptation. Like room is filled with an assortment of de user community. GEOS 2.0 is proof of
it or not, it's an accurate translation in an tailed furnishings. Tables, chairs, traps, that.
attempt to remain true to the original food and ammunition are just some of the So, should you buy it? If you're a non-
contest. obstacles and goodies to be avoided or owner of GEOS lare there any out there?)
Like many arcade/adventures, Dragon's gathered during the rescue. A deep, and your main reason for having a Com
Lair is not for everybody. Its arcade foun rhythmic musical backdrop plays modore computer is for games, the answer
dation is apt to turn off those adventurers throughout the contest, providing a pulse- is no. Well, let me qualify that: no, unless
who like the more strategic cerebral test, quickening instrumental that is ever you have some interest in creating some
and its tough unforgiving play will leave present without being annoying. It's an fancy letters, reports or other documents.
many of the younger or less tenacious joy effective, subtle audio touch. Then the answer is, yes, buy GEOS 2.0.
stick jockeys on the wayside. But for those With Force 7, DataSoft epitomizes the The "Pumping GEOS" documents that I
ofyou who enjoyed the coin-op—especially action-strategy genre by offering a high include with these columns are examples
those like myself who loved the challenge speed shoot-'em-up that requires plenty of of some of the fun you can have with
but had neither the time nor cash to follow tactical planning. Many of the nuances GEOS.
through and save Daphne—this is an en and strategic possibilities will only be As for the rest of you, if you've read this
joyable, satisfying contest that makes a discovered with repeat plays. That adds far in a GEOS column, you must be a
sincere, ambitious and ultimately success up to staying power, the earmark of every GEOS user and if you're that, then you
ful attempt at reuniting us with an old quality program. Don't miss it. better become a GEOS 2.0 user. GEOS 2.0
friend. g Let the Force be with you. 3 passes the supreme pan pizza test. g

112 DECEMBER 1988


Coming Attractions esting sounds. Take Down is software
heard rumors you might have to deal with
Continued from page 95 Silkworm Missiles and even a civilian air wrestling at its best. You can battle your
Amiga: Hole in One Miniature Golf, slated liner in the game. Whatever the case, the way to the top of the Gamestar Wrestling
to ship in September, is absolutely fantas Persian Gulf is a popular subject these Federation starting in September.
tic. The program contains a number of days, and this program has a lot of poten {See box on Pete Rose Pennant Fever on
traditional holes I like the windmill, for ex tial. page 92.)
ample) and complicated 3D challenges
(like the underwater hole and the castle First Row Software Interplay Productions
hole) that make you think in a different to/128: What can I say about The Twilight 64/128: A century from now, hacking can
manner. Up to four people can play, you Zone: Crossroads ofImagination? The get you killed. Neuromancer, adapted
can print out your score cards, and the product is an interactive graphic adven from the William Gibson sci-fi novel of the
program contains two difficulty levels ture, with over 35 colorful graphic dis same name challenges you to explore 35
I normal and expert). Hole in One Minia plays. The story begins as you wake up different databases and 25 futuristic real
ture Golf features a simple user interface. one morning and hear a peculiar noise world locations. Hack your way through
extremely colorful graphics, realistic outside. You go to the door and look out the infinite regions of cyber space, but
sounds, excellent animation, and four 18- side. Everything appeal's to be normal, wateh out for ICE. It can put an end your
hole courses to master. This is definitely but as your character walks around town, quest very quickly. The program also fea
one of the better Amiga games I've seen things aren't as they seem. The rest is up tures a digitized original soundtrack by
this year. Four additional COUTH! diskettes to you. Devo. Neuromancer is scheduled to hit the
(with two to three courses per disk) will Amiga: A second Tivilight Zone graphic market in October.
also hit the market in the near future. adventure, titled By The Book, will be ap Amiga: It's one thing to convert a popular
DigiTek's Powerstyx program seems pearing on the market late in the year. In board game to the home computer envi
like a sophisticated version of the Quix ar this program, you assume the role of a ronment, but Battle Chess is more than
cade game. The object is to gradually re mystery writer who never finishes a novel. just an attractive chess program. The
veal a picture that has been hidden be In fact, you've worked on three or four game features an excellent chess logic sys
hind a screen. This unusual strategy books to date, but you can't seem to write tem, colorful character graphics, incredi
game challenges you to cut out pieces of the final chapters. All of a sudden, you're bly fluid 3D animation, and a variety of
that screen, as opposing characters try to sucked into a literary universe where you digitized sound effects. As you play Battle
stop you. If you carve out a particular must solve these mysteries before return Chess, each move is graphically acted out
area, that portion of the picture is re ing to the real world. By The Book also on the screen. If a knight takes an oppos
vealed for all to see. Whenever 75% of the contains an even greater mystery to solve, ing pawn, for example, you see the bold
display has been unveiled, you progress to but Til let you find it on your own. After knight (armored and ready for action) sal
the next level of play. There is another all, no one gets help in The Twilight Zone. ly forth to kill the enemy foot soldier. The
way to advance in the game. Grab all the (See box on Honeymooners on page 94.) program also contains ten levels of diffi
letters on the screen to spell out a word culty, remote play capability (where you
that has something to do with the picture. Gamestar can play the game with a modem), and a
Coming in 1989: Amiga and 64 consumers 64/128: How would you like to jump into library of 30,000 opening moves. In the
are in for a big suiprise around the first of the ring and take the smirk off the face of past. Interplay Productions has created
the year. Terrorists have taken over a one of those hot-shot wrestlers? Gamestar Bard's Tale I and //, two of the hottest role-
North Sea oil platform, killing several of grants this request in Take Down, their playing games to hit the market in recent
its workers and holding the rest hostage. new Commodore 64 wrestling simulation. years. I firmly believe Battle Chess is their
You become a member of an elite com Players rubs elbows with eight rowdy next software classic.
mando team that's been brought together wrestlers, as they participate in authentic
to tackle this problem. North Sea Inferno tag team action. You determine the Intracorp,Inc.
is the most incredible program I've seen in 6-1/128 and Amiga: Have you ever wanted
a long time. Its graphics are super realis to visit IVump Castle in Atlantic City? In
If a knight takes an opposing tracorp thought it would be great to make
tic, and the digitized sounds are unbeliev
able. You also become addicted to sounds pawn, you see the bold a Trump Castle home computer simula
of machine gun fire, the familiar roar of tion, where everyone could play casino
choppers, realistic explosions, and the fury knight (armored and ready games and participate in all the fun and
excitement. The program (with the work
of a storm at sea. I'd like to go on record as for action) sally forth to kill ing title "Trump Castle" I contains slot
saying North Sea Inferno is destined to be
come one of the hottest-selling products of the enemy foot soldier. machines, video poker, a craps table,
blackjack, keno and a roulette wheel.
1989.
The Persian Gulf Conflict (for the
(Battle Chess) Look for this new Commodore 64 or
Amiga gambling program sometime
Amiga) will appear on the market late in
matches, select your own partner, and late in the fall.
the first quarter. You are the captain of a
then jump into the "squared circle.'" Per- For nearly three-quarters of a century,
Navy destroyer in this authentic simula
form body slams, atomic drops, pile driv people have talked about the mysteries of
tion of the Persian Gulf conflict. George
ers, airplane spins and suplexes in the the Titanic (the luxury liner that report
Johnson, president of DigiTek, tells me
game, or leap off the rope for a big splash. edly struck an iceberg and sank in 19121.
you will escort neutral tankers, destroy
Take Down also contains: single and dou History chronicles the events of that terri
enemy mines and keep an eye on air traf ble evening, but it took a man like Robert
fic and surface vessels in his area. I've ble modes of play, hot graphics and inter

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Coming Attractions
Pete Rose Pennant Fever
D. Ballard (of the Woods Hole Oceanogra- Continued from page 92 they'll grow up to become better baseball
phic Institution) to locate the remains of players overall.
the Titanic and by to set the story The pitching part of the program also
straight. "I try to teach my players to looks pretty good. Any time you can call a
By the end of the year. Commodore 64
think positive, practice fast ball or a change-up or a screw ball or
owners will be able to assume the role of a curve ball, that's pretty realistic. That's
Robert Ballard and search for the legend positive and play positive." the way we do it at Candlestick Park or
ary vessel in a new program with the Riverfront Stadium or Shea Stadium. The
working title "Titanic." (An Amiga ver game also gives the player realistic views
sion is also in the works—no release date ally patterned after major league stars, of what he should be seeing. I know the
was available at press time, i As the game but because of licensing problems, we ball, for example, comes off the bat to
begins, you play a shipwreck archaeolo couldn't use their names. Pete Rose ap wards a center-fielder differently than it
gist fresh out of college. You must gain a pears in the program. Pete helped us en does for a left-fielder, and differently than
reputation by locating and exploring oth hance the logic of his computerized coun it does for the right-fielder. It's little things
er sunken ships before you can get the terpart, so it reacts to a situation the same like these that make the game realistic
necessary funding to start the search for way he would in real life. Even though and just like playing big league baseball.
the Titanic. Obtaining the right search Pennant Fever focuses on action and Jermaine: How do you feel about having
vessel for a particular expedition can also graphics, there are also elements of coach your name on a computer game?
be a problem. You can rent, buy or borrow ing, management and general manage Rose: I think having my name on some
a ship, but it pays to know what you're ment in the program. thing that's fun is great. It's something
getting in the deal. Once you have your Jermaine: Pete, what do you like about my son and I can enjoy together and other
boat, it's time to buy equipment, select a Pennant Fever? kids can enjoy. I try to teach my players to
crew, and purchase the necessary provi Rose: First of all. I think the game will think positive, practice positive and play
sions. The long list of equipment includes help youngsters to become more funda positive. I think it's very important to get
weather radar, sonar, deep sonar, sonar/ mentally sound baseball players in real youngsters to learn to be competitive, to
camera platforms, a magnetometer, navi life. There's a right way and a wrong way learn to play the right way, and to play
gational radios and even bathyscaphes to play the game. It took me 25 years to the positive way. You don't have to be on
and minisubs ithat can be used with larg learn the ins and outs of the sport. Pen the dean's list or be a computer whiz to
er vessels i. Every ship comes with an ex nant Fever vn\\ teach kids (at an early play Pennant Fever, and you have just as
perienced captain and navigator on board. age* the way the "big boys" do things, so much fun as if you're in the ball park. Q
so you can concentrate on selecting the
proper crewmen needed to perform a par systems). Some original material will also the dreaded Death Hand. When it comes
ticular assignment. There are about 30 be coming your way. to armaments, your star fighter is
people in the game to choose from, includ Ajax, a sophisticated helicopter game, equipped with the latest ripple lasers, plu-
ing doctors, divers, a crane operator, a sea- was slated for release in November. The tonic missiles and force fields. In the two-
level operations tech. etc. You also have to program features an intense aerial com player mode, users work together to de
purchase provisions for the entire crew bat scenario, which challenges the user to feat this colossal menace. If you like a lot
and enough fuel to successfully complete battle tanks, ships, jet fighters, aircraft of action in your games. Life Force is the
the mission. carriers and even other copters. Saving product to buy.
Located almost two miles down, the re the world is a tough job. but somebody's In November, you can sign up for oper
mains of the Titanic are almost impossible got to do it. ation Jackal. Several of your comrades
to reach (let alone explore). Activate your have been captured and are being held as
minisubs on-board cameras to get a good prisoners behind enemy lines. Someone
look at things in general, and use the In Jackal several of your
has to rescue them, so you volunteer for
tethered robot camera platform to photo
graph objects at close range. Your long-
comrades have been the mission. The assignment is really very
simple. An elite group of soldiers will re
term goal in this unusual simulation is to captured and are being held lease the captives and whisk them off to
recover (fictional I diamonds from one of
three safes scattered around the ocean as prisoners behind enemy helipads in the army's new all-terrain at
tack jeeps. These special jeeps cany an ar
floor. The Titanic program also contains lines. senal of guided missiles and an incendiary
digitized pictures of what the Ballard
grenade launcher as standard equipment
team saw. numerous objects waiting to be Life Force, another November release, which makes them superior to most mili
discovered, navigational problems to is the sequel to the popular Gradiiis ar tary vehicles. Once the prisoners are safe,
solve, and the opportunity to take control cade game. Before the action takes place, it's time to knock out the enemy head
of minisubs and bathyscaphes. Zelos la huge planet-eating alien) con quarters. As arcade games go, Jackal is
sumes the worlds of Gradius and Latis. an incredible military operation, which
Konami The civilizations of these planets are will hold your attention for quite a while.
64/128: Konami, a 20-year veteran of the doomed unless you can fight your way Speaking of the military, Metal Gear
arcade game revolution, is currently tak through six terror zones within the mon will be shipping late in the fourth quarter.
ing their best coin-op titles and porting ster. Each zone contains a number of Colonel Vermon CaTaffy (the radical lead
them over to a number of different micro threats to your health, including deadly er of a foreign army) has activated Metal
computers (including the 64 and Amiga fire creatures, lava-spewing volcanoes and Gear, the ultimate weapon of destruction.
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men! During the month of January, Boot jitsu Warriors carry nunchukas, swords
It's your job to locate this threat to world Camp will be open for business. This real and other deadly weapons. Be careful
peace and destroy it. The player, an expert istic military training facility dares you to when you face these powerful foes, or you
in hand-to-hand combat, can also pick up master a number of gruelling challenges might end up as turtle soup. Teenage Mu
a number of weapons and useful objects i including an obstacle course, several dif tant Ninja Turtles, for both the 64 and
along the way. These include: a bomb ferent firing ranges, arm wrestling compe Amiga computers, will be coming your
blast suit, body armor, mines, a gas mask, tition and others). The player gradually way later this spring.
plastic explosives, an antidote to poisons, advances to the rank of captain and earns
a semi-automatic submachine gun, etc. A the respect of his superiors. Keep an eye Microlilusions
transceiver lets the user communicate on this product: it promises to be one of Amiga: As you read this, Music-X should
with the "Big Boss," who can give him the better ones of the year. already be on the market. This unique
special instructions or the locations of cer Castlevania is finally being ported over product was designed for the serious musi
tain objects. Metal Gear is an excellent to the home computer environment. This cian, as well as the person who just wants
program with good graphics and sounds. original Nintendo title has a loyal follow to make music on the computer. I don't
Amiga: Contra la spectacular 64 producti ing, and Konami believes it will have the know much about music software, but
should be in the hands of Amiga users by same affect on micro game players. The MusicJCe long list of features looks pretty
late November. You must defeat Red Fal- user has to fight ghosts, goblins, wolves, impressive. (See box on page 95. >
con, the most vicious warrior in the gal demons and bats (who are all out for
axy, or the Earth will cease to exist. This blood). If that isn't enough, Count Dracula Early in 1989, The
private little war takes place in the jun can't wait to sink his fangs into your jugu
gles of the Amazon Basin, where the play lar. The game comes to an end when you Flintstones, Johnny Quest,
er can pick up numerous weapons < from destroy the evil count and put his legion
ultra-modern lasers to rapid-fire machine to rest. Amiga owners can play Castile-
and TheJetsonswW be
guns). Fight your way through complicat vania later this spring, while 64 consum coming to an Amiga or
ed mazes, underground security systems ers will see the program in early summer.
and dangerous tropical rain forests. The What do the names Leonardo, Michae- Commodore 64 near you.
disk also contains a two-player game, langelo, Donate! lo and Raphael mean to
which challenges the users to work to you? No, they're not members of a new Early in the fourth quarter, an Amiga
gether to defeat this enemy of the human British rock group. These are the famous translation of Sky Trace!—called The
race. Certain elements of Contra may Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who have Planetarium—will be coming your way.
seem familiar, but I believe most consum their own Saturday morning cartoon show This classic Commodore 64 astronomy
ers will really enjoy the thrill of the hunt and a popular monthly comic book. In the program has been completely overhauled.
(and being hunted) by this unearthly game, our heroes on a half shell have to It now contains more stars and all of the
"Predator." defeat carnivorous robots in Chinatown current NASA codes. The user interface is
An Amiga version of Jackal is also and the savage "Foot" clan Ninjitsu War also easier to operate.
scheduled to ship in November, while riors (who are running amok in downtown Watch for Dungeon Construction Set
Ajax will hit the market sometime before New York i. Your team has access to wacko late in the year. You can use DCS to cre
the end of the year. bombs, nunchukas, an armed blimp, and ate your own dungeons, monsters, etc. You
Coming in 1989: Atten-.s7iun!!! At ease, a machine gunnin' party bus. The Nin- may also be able to take dungeons made

Silent Software Emperor of the Night, and the list goes on when minimal changes are occurring in
Continued from page 93 and on. Rusty had never used a home the picture, you end up saving very little.
computer for animation, and the first sys Finally we come to our special format.
people to generate true animation in a tem he saw artwork on was the Amiga (at It allows us to compress and decompress
hurry, without having to draw things out Eric Daniels' house). Eric was working code in real time on the computer. Onion
on paper a thousand times or more. Onion with Onion at the time, so he let Rusty also contains a unique playback routine,
is also DeluxePaint-campatible and very play around with it for a while. Believe it which allows you to watch the animated
easy to use. or not, Rusty is currently using the pro sequence at a certain frame rate on the
Jermaine: Why do you call your new pro gram to produce a cartoon for television. screen. The program is preset to run
gram "Onion'? Onion allows you to save out animation things at one, two, 12,15,24, or even 30
Yon Wolfshield: I could have called it under three different formats. First of all, frames per second guaranteed. But any
"Pencil Test," but I chose the name "On we have IFF format. It records the graphic frame rate can be set in Onion to make it
ion" because it reminds me of onion paper. data, the number of bit planes, how many easy for the guy who has to convert this
colors are involved, etc. This format per type of material to video, where every
Jermaine: How powerful is Onion?
Von Wolfshield: I can illustrate that point mits you to save out individual pictures in thing has to be properly timed. Running
a few seconds. ANIM (another interesting the program on an Amiga 512K machine,
by telling you a little story about Rusty
format) stores the first picture of a se you can store from half a minute to a full
Mills. Mills, a professional animator, has
quence on disk, examines the second one, minute of animation at a time. By the
worked on some very impressive projects
saves out the differences, and continues way, we're presently working with profes
over the last few years: Don Bluth's An
the operation until the job is done. I really sional animators to add new features to
American Tail, Disney's Sports Goofy Soc-
like this method of doing things because the program that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
cermania, Filmation's Pinocchio and the

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side, monitoring human activity in the craft, as you search for battleships and
city. If you detect a plot against the aliens, other mighty vessels. If you're a history
you identify the individuals, and report buff, PT-109 allows you to perform 45 mis
Representatives of the U.S. them to your alien masters. As you pro sions typical of the period. These assign
Air Force are currently gress you discover the true identity of the ments can be day or night scenarios, and
aliens and what they're planning to ac the more difficult ones simulate the early
examining Falcon as a complish. You then have to make the su days of the war iwhen the lightly-armored
preme decision: should you continue serv craft didn't always carry what it took to
possible low-cost flight
ing the aliens or help the underground gel home). Your armaments include: tor-
trainer for their pilots. overthrow them? Manhunter: New York pedos, cannon, submachine guns, depth
contains excellent colorful graphics, ad- charges, etc. By the way, light rockets
with this product and interface them with , vanced windowing effects, split-screen ani were actually used late in the war to pro
software that is currently under develop mation, close-ups and overhead views of tect the boats from air strikes. You will
ment. certain scenes. The program is a daring also find them in certain game scenarios.
Coming in 1989: The Shrine of the Demon new software approach, that (as of this The program also contains: four areas of
Soul, an Indiana Jones-type program writing) has no competition. action (New Guinea, Phillipine Islands,
scheduled for an early '89 release, chal Other scheduled releases include: Space Solomon Islands and the Mediterranean
lenges you to perform a number of inter Quest III, Leisure Suit Larry II, Police Sea), four 90-degree views, detailed dam
esting tasks. This is a fast-moving arcade- Quest II, and Gold Rush! Roberta Wil age reports, map displays, control panels
style game, in which you have to destroy liams is presently working on a classic and gauges, the ability to see things
terrible demons and rescue people. murder mystery that takes place on a through binoculars, and the option to save
Faery Tale II will be available for the southern plantation. She also wants to do a game in progress. You can even perform
Amiga sometime next year. It will be a lot another program for children next year. the same heroic mission in the Solomon
larger than the original program (which That product will deal with American Islands that made an unknown skipper
contains over 19,000 screens). myths and legends (including Pecos Bill, named John F. Kennedy famous. PT-109
There are also Hanna-Barbera projects Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan and contains incredible graphics, great sounds
in the works. Early in 1989, The Flint- many others). and historical authenticity
stones and Johnny Quest will be coming to Amiga: If you think Tetris on the 64 is a
a Commodore 64 near you. And The Jet- Spectrum HoloByte great game, wait until you see the Amiga
sons will be available for the Amiga. Oth 6-1/128: PT-109, an amazing patrol boat translation. Tetris fin case you haven't
er Hanna-Barbera software projects are simulation, is scheduled for September re- heard) is the first Russian microcomputer
planned, so stay tuned for future an game to be sold in western markets. This
nouncements.
If you're a history buff, unusual strategy program challenges you
to put together pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
Sierra On-Line PT-109 allows you to which can eventually fill in a work area.
Coming in 1989: Sierra On-Line has a You take a variety of different shapes (as
number of superior Amiga projects slated perform 45 missions typical they drop from the top of the screen), ro
for release in the first quailer. King's of the period. tate them, and try to put them together to
Quest IV—The Perils ofRosella, chal form solid horizontal lines in the work
lenges you, as Rosella, to undertake a per lease. This authentic re-creation of WWII area. When these lines are formed, you
ilous journey to save the life of your ailing PT boat operations is top-notch. You have earn bonus points, and that line of materi
father, the king. Your mission becomes a to deal with enemy submarines and air- al is removed from the picture. Tetris con-
number of quests, in which you must dis
cover the mysteries of a strange land, deal The Honeymooners
with its hostile inhabitants, and return , Continued from pane 94
"I like to think of this project
home to save your father. The program throughout the Amiga version of the prod
features fantastic 3D graphics, colorful de uct. When Ed Norton appeal's on the bus, as a tribute to good old-
tailed figures, excellent sounds and a for example, you hear Ait Carny's voice
fabulous soundtrack. By the way, the saying "Hey there, Ralphie Boy." There
fashioned family
soundtrack was written by William Gold are approximately 20 other phrases in the entertainment and the
stein (who wrote the music for the Fame program including 'To the moon!" and
television series). King's Quest IV is al Tve got a big mouth." There are 50 genius of the late Jackie
most like watching a full-length animated spaces between New York and Miami
cartoon, so don't forget to move the joy Beach, and once you've reached your goal,
Gleason." (Honeymooners)
stick every now and then. the game is over. I like to think of this pro
Manhunter: New York, written by the ject as a tribute to good old-fashioned fam Gleason money to put one of their refrig
authors of The Ancient Art of War, takes ily entertainment and the genius of the erators in Ralph's apartment. He said no
software in a totally new direction. The late Jackie Gleason. because the Kramdens would never own a
program is a tale of horror and suspense Howard Berk: The Honeymooners charac refrigerator. They would always have an
set in a large city approximately two ters were supposedly based on real people ice box in their apartment. This story il
years after an alien invasion. The game is from Jackie Gleason's old neighborhood in
lustrates the fact that Gleason worked
unique in that you start out being the bad Brooklyn. Many years ago, when the show
guy. You're basically a spy for the other
hard to keep everything true to character.
was in production, some company offered
a
116 DECEMBER 1988
Coming Attractions
Real-time flight elements, like the gunner more note of interest: representatives of
tains randomly-generated shapes, a spe shooting at incoming enemy aircraft, can the U.S. Air Force are currently examin
cial preview window (which allows you to also be found in the game. I like this type ing Falcon as a possible low-cost flight
look at the next piece that will falli. a su of program because it re-creates a unique trainer for their pilots. If they think this
per music soundtrack, and ten levels of real-life experience that few people can product can be used to train their people,
difficulty. Everything has been revamped tell us about today. I'm sure it's realistic enough for the aver
for this new version of the game, so expect Amiga: Falcon, a sophisticated flight sim age consumer.

to see some major changes. Keep an eye ulator, will be taking off in November. The Coming in 1989: The Commodore 64 ver
out for Tetris late in the third quarter. program puts you in the cockpit of an sion of Falcon should be on the market
F-16A fighter, where you learn to fly the early in the year.
Strategic Simulations, Inc. craft like a pro. Approximately 20 man-
5-1/128: Typhoon of Steel, the sequel to years have gone into the development of SubLogic Corporation
Panzer Strike!, is scheduled to ship early the game (for the MS DOS systems), and 64/128: Here's a real scoop! The long-
in the fourth quarter. There are three F-16 pilots actually contributed to the pro awaited Scenery Disk #9 will be available
fronts in the game to choose from: Europe duct design. Falcon features an authentic to the public late in the year. SubLogic pi
(Americans vs. Germans), Pacific (Ameri F-16 cockpit design, a black box option lots will finally be able to fly around the
cans vs. Japanese), and Asia (British vs. (which records a particular flight for later area of the midwest: St. Louis, MO; Chica
Japanese). The program also features spe evaluation), 12 typical F-16 missions and go, IL; Springfield and Indianapolis, IN;
cial rules covering banzai charges, flame nine levels of difficulty. A number of me and Cincinnati, OH. As in the earlier sce
thrower attacks and naval support. When dals can be earned along the way. Falcon nery disks, this one displays rivers, lakes,
it comes to producing an authentic World is also especially user friendly. In the low roads, airport layouts and many interest
War II battlefield simulation, SSI has est difficulty level, for example, the new ing landmarks. In fact, if you're flying
done it again with Typhoon of Steel. pilot can learn to fly the plane without over Champaign, IL you can see the
During the final days of October, soft being shot down or crashing under normal homes of SubLogic programmers and de
ware pilots can join the first bomber group circumstances. As you become familiar velopment people beneath you (as well as
(to strike deep in the heart of Nazi-occu with the controls, you can progress to more the actual location of the company itself).
pied Europe) in First Oier Germany This complicated scenarios. The program docu Like the other installments in the series,
B-17 flight simulator contains eight inter mentation is extensive. It contains about Scenery Disk #9 is also true to scale, easy
esting training missions and approxi 300 pictures and diagrams, and every to use, and a source of many hours of en
mately 25 difficult combat assignments. thing is written in simple language. One tertainment. Q

Music-X
Continued from page 95
Companies Mentioned are 255 tracks available in the program
in Coming Attractions (even though most people will use 24
tracks or less).
You asked me to rate the program, so
Act ivision First Row Software Sierra On-Line here are my findings: In terms of presen
3885 Bohnnnon Drive 362.1 Market St. Sierra On-Line Huilding
tation, I give Music-X an A +. From what
Menlo Park, CA 94025 Philadelphia. PA 19406 PO. Hox 485
(415) 329-0500 1215)662-1400 Coareegold, CA 93614 Fve been able to extract, the program
(2091683-6858 seems to be excellent. When all is said
and done, Music-X allows you to do so
Capcom U.S.A.. Inc. Gamester Silent Software
1283-C Mountain View/Alviso Koad see Aclivision 706 W. Broadway phisticated homework that minimizes
Sunnyvale, CA 94039 Suite 202 your time in a legitimate studio (that
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Interplay I'roductioa-; 1818)243-0313
see Activision
an hour) and yet maximizes your sound
Cinemawan? Corporation Spectrum HoloUyte quality. I'm currently using Pro MIDI, but
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4165 Thousand Oaks Blvd. I would convert to Musk-X if I had a more
Westlake Village. CA 91362 !nlr.iti>rp, inc. Alameda.CA 94501
(8051495-6515 (415i522-3584 technical background.
14160 SW 139th Court
Miami, I'l 113186 Jermaine: Would you share a story about
(8001468-7226 your work in Peter, Paul and Mary?
[tola East Strategic Simulations, Inc.
1046 North Rengstorff Avenue
Stookey: The first Peter, Paul and Mary
470 Needles Drive
San Jose, CA 95112 Koiwmi Mountain View. CA 94043 album (titled 1449) was originally re
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(4081286-7074 815 Mitile Drive leased in 1962. The material was recently
Wood Dale. IL 60191
re-mixed and re-released on compact disc
13121595-1443
Subl^igic this past July. It's interesting to note that
Ih'giTck
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Granada Hills, CA 91344 take very long to re-mix that material,
(8001522-2041
when we only had to worry about three
(818*360-3715
tracks. [He laughs.]

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