& QL User
Issue 4, June 1984
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|Frontlines||5||Control Centre of the Spectrum universe - hard facts, soft speculation and Projects.
|Spectrum & QL News||11||SinclairWatch|
QL delivery problems
Durrel attacked over violence; nothing from Quicksilva; Rabbit's in The Pit; Carnell's adventure plans. Ron Smith reports. Westminster (Mr Chip Software), Wrath of Magra (Carnell Software), Harrier Attack (Durrel Software), Channel 8 Software, Quicksilva, The Pit / Vortex (Rabbit Software)
|Software Reviews||52||Spectrum Soft |
Thanks to the Bangor Computer Club for judging this month's batch of 'newie' games. Your Spectrum is continuing to scour the country's computer clubs to get the undiluted thoughts, feelings and impressions of dedicated games enthusiasts - in order to provide our readers with unbiased evaluations.
|Software Features||60||Join the Jet Set |
Keeping one jump ahead of the software market seems to come naturally to author of Jet Set Willy, Matthew Smith. Sue Denham checks out his follow-up to Manic Miner, where Miner Willy hits the big time.
|62||JSW - A Hacker's Guide |
If you always type MERGE "" whenever you load a game for the first time, then you can count yourself amongst that select programming group known as 'hackers'. Join Andrew Pennell on a journey through the machine code magic that comprises Jet Set Willy.
|Hardware Features||25||Joystick Interface DIY |
In our first issue, Stephen Adams presented his recipe for a DIY Speccy keyboard buffer. This month, under the guise of further expansion, he details how you can add Sinclair-type joysticks to the board.
|26||Spectrolysis: When the Chips are Down |
Ian Beardsmore mulls over adding RAM chip select and suggests what to do with your Stack Error Pointer. YS's own reader-interactive workshop. Theory, philosophy, bugs and fixes - all is controlled and compiled by Speccy specialist Ian Beardsmore.
|29||Music on Spec |
Sweet sounds and Spectrums aren't usually words uttered in the same breath! However, the program shown here, courtesy of Sam & Simon Goodwin, allows you to connect any Spectrum to the light-pen port of a Casio synthesiser, giving you a versatile new peripheral.
|33||Your Flexible Friend |
Two disk arrangements, based on completely different ideas, have been available for use on the ZX Spectrum for some time now. Stephen Adams compares and contrasts the Viscount interface and drive from Spectrum Computer Stores and the FDI interface from Technology Research Ltd.
|Programming||21||Routine Stuff: Through the Square Window |
For arcade addicts - window on a maze. More magic code from elle supremo, Toni Baker. Lose yourself in machine code with the maestro herself. Toni Baker takes you one step nearer creating the perfect arcade game with another riotous routine.
|46||Adding Zip - part two |
Moving on from the specification of his ZIP compiler, Simon Goodwin's back this month with the complete listing of the program along with explanatory notes of how it was written.
|55||Dumps of Distinction |
Frustrated at producing tiny screen dumps on your full-sized printer? So was Andrew Pennell - until he developed this clever little machine code utility, that is!
(letter), (letter), (letter), (letter), (letter), (letter), (letter), (letter)
|70||3D Plotting - part two |
Continuing on his quest to make perspective a reality on the Spectrum, Damir Skrgatic tackles the subject of symmetrical figures generated through the application of speherical co-ordinates.
|75||Spectrum Control |
Project 3 - Penny Page invites you to bend your brain cells around a rather psychedelic problem.
Project 1 revisited - Sifting through your responses to Project 1, Penny Page comes up with the good, the bad ... and the ugh!
|Reader's Programs||78||Program Power |
The name's changed but the game's the same - the YS annotated key-tapping service. If you've forgotten where a program is supposed to start then the Header Reader from Alexander Livshits will help you find it. Also if you're a fan of Noughts and Crosses, bend your mind with this version from Mark Burton.
|67||Paperdata: Novel Adventures |
Peter Jackson - our 'Attenborough' of Speccy derring-do - looks at some adventure programming books. Obsessed by adventure, Peter Jackson girds his loins and boldly goes where few reviewers have gone before - to the shelves of the local bookstore. His mission? To discover what goes to make a prime adventure tutor for the Speccy.
|Interviews||88||Bruce Everiss (Imagine) |
Paul Walton tackles Imagine - with the assent of Everiss. Controversy surrounds Imagine Software - love 'em or hate 'em, you can't ignore 'em. Paul Walton rattles some skeletons in the company of Bruce Everiss.
|Odds & Ends||15||YS Top 20 |
This month's chart as voted by you the readers.
Points, programs and petulance, from the postbag. If you've got something you want to tell the world about then write to Forum.
|QL User||39||Steering to Success: The QL Roadtest |
The sordid practice of pre-announcement has again gripped our hearts, and Sinclair are once more laughing all the way to Fort Knox. But to keep the interest ticking over during The Big Wait our ever-smiling micro Guru stuffed a company Mercedes full of eager journalists and whisked them over to Cambridge for a day's play with a QL. Quentin Lowe tells the tale.