Hacking Away
All is revealed! Everything you wanted to know about hacking into Jet Set Willy. By Andrew Pennell.
Bang Goes Your Code
Three explosive routines to make your programs go like a bomb! By Simon Lane.
All Change
Upgrade you Microdrives to a professional disk system with the RENAME command. By Andrew Pennell.
ZIP to the Stars
If you needed proof that ZIP's the best, here's a space game for you to ZIP! By Simon Goodwin.
Facing Up to Printers
Part one of how to build your own Centronics interface - this month, hardware. By John Flenley.
The Psion Writers
Meet the faces behind the QL's bundled software. By Surya.
Your Spectrum
& QL User

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Issue 6, August 1984
- contents -
Cry of the Wulf
The new Ultimate game, Sabre Wulf, gets the YS treatment - with tips, hacker's tricks and a full map plan. By Ross Holman and Dave Nicholls.
Talking of Toolkits
If you're going to get serious about program development, you'll need to study the tools of the trade. By Peter Freebrey.
  • Frontlines
  • Top 20
  • Forum
  • Joystick Jury
  • Graphic Definitions
  • Rumbles
  • Paper Data
  • Program Power
  • Circe
  • Back Issues
  • Subscriptions
  • Input-Output
  • Hippodrome Competition


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Frontlines 5 Facts and gossip, new products, and all the latest info.
Competition Pro 3000 joystick (Kempston Microelectronics)
Protek 1200 acoustic modem (Protek Computing)
Protocol 4 joystick interface (AGF Hardware)
Spectrum keyboard replacement (Kelwood Computing)
Spectrum keyboard replacement (Transform)
Sprint high speed cassette player (Challenge Research)
Dyslexia Beater (Martin Dunitz)
Jet Set Willy 'The Attic' bug fix (Software Projects)
Trans-Express program copier (Romantic Robot)
Earls Court Computer Fair shrinks
Guild of Software Houses & software protection (GOSH)
Quicksilva sells out to Argus Press Group
Sinclair Research gives Fair Trading assurance
Soft Copy tape duplication service (Rabbit Software)
Sinclair & QL News 34 Rumbles
Ron Smith, YS's answer to Sherlock Holmes, digs out the latest software gossip. In his constant search for the truth (or even a ripping rumour) Ron Smith scours the software houses for news of their upcoming releases. You'll read it here first! Jet Set Willy sequels (?), Cylon Attack (A'n'F Software), Bandersnatch (Imagine), Jolly Roger (Rabbit Software), Crusoe (Automata), A Question of Sport & Junior Kong (Interstella Software), Hyperaction (Silversoft).
51 SinclairWatch
Psion software problems, SuperBasic errors, QL manual errors.
Advice 6 From the Hip
Jet Set Willy, RAM Turbo & Sinclair joystick interfaces, QL & Epson FX-80 printer, Using the IN command.
Software Reviews 41 Joystick Jury
This month, the Gloucester Computing Club reviews the latest software releases. Evaluating the batch this month is the Gloucester Computing Club.
Ad Astra(Gargoyle Games)
Castle Blackstar(SCR Adventures)
Defenda(Interstella Software)
Defusion / Worms(K-Tel)
Disco Dan(GEM Software)
Fire and Ice(Electric Software)
Glug Glug(CRL)
Grid Bug(Add On Electronics)
Infernal Combustion(Strange Loop)
Laser Warp(Mikro-Gen)
Moon Buggy(Visions Software)
Mummy, Mummy(Lothlorien)
Sorcery(Virgin Games)
Specgraf(Anirog Software)
Trashman(New Generation Software)
62 Talking of Toolkits
Essential for software development, toolkits are often billed as the programmer's 'tools of the trade'. Peter Freebrey takes five such packages on the bench and examines whether they fulfill their promise.
Master Toolkit (OCP)
Super Toolkit (Nectarine)
TT-S Gamma (Timedata)
ZX Toolkit (Star Dreams)
ZXED (Dk'Tronics)
Software Features 21 Jet Set Willy - Hacking Away
We've had so many pleading letters and phone calls asking for the POKEs Andrew Pennell used to 'enhance' Jet Set Willy ... that we just had to publish them. That, and the multitude of suggestions sent in by our faithful readership!
36 Cry of the Wulf
Those howls aren't coming from the night - it's Ross Holman (winner of Software Projects' JSW competition) pitting his animal wits against Ultimate's mighty Sabre WuIf. Read on ... we dare you!
38 Hacking at the Wulf
Hacker Dave Nicholls cracks Ultimate's latest wide open - but, in the end, was it worth it?
Hardware Features 30 Facing Up To Printers
Logic and software designer John Flenley subscribes to the philosophy that if you can't afford to buy a custom-built unit, you should try and solder-it-yourself. In the first half of his two-part feature, John takes you through the hardware involved in a Centronics interface.
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Programming11 Spectrum Control
Project 5: Machine Code Countdown.
24 Bang Goes Your Code
Has the razzle-dazzle gone out of your programs? Simon Lane's got some explosive ideas to stun you ...
56 All Change!
Ever wanted to rename a Microdrive file? Providing the code to create the necessary new command, Andrew Pennell brings Microdrives one step nearer the expensive disk systems they emulate.
59 Graphic Definitions
Toni Baker provides a foolproof way of redefining any graphics character. Defining graphics on paper can be an arduous task - especially when the finished item on-screen looks nothing like you imagined it. Toni Baker's got a much better idea ... and she's backed it up with machine code to boot!
68 Adding ZIP - part four: ZIP to the Stars
If you're looking for further proof that Simon Goodwin's ZIP compiler is nothing short of miraculous, type in his example program and give it the treatment.
Reader's Programs 72 Program Power
Ground Attack by Antony Crawford and Connections by D R Tose are the offerings for you to tap in and play. Two great games for your 48K Spectrum - arcade action from Antony Crawford and a popular puzzler from D R Tose.
Books 13 Frontlines
Overcoming Dyslexia (Martin Dunitz)
47 Paperdata: Games People Play
Phil Cornes goes in search of his ideal games book. In pursuit of the definitive games book, Phil Cornes and Mike Turner corner a selection of tomes, getting to grips with them all, be they good, bad or just plain ugly.
20 Programs for the ZX Spectrum
49 Explosive Games for the ZX Spectrum (Interface Publications)
60 Games & Applications for the ZX Spectrum (Interface Publications)
60 Programs for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum (Pan Books)
Creating Arcade Games on Your Spectrum (Interface Publications)
Games for Your ZX Spectrum (Virgin Books)
Games to Play on Your ZX Spectrum (Shiva Publishing)
Instant Arcade Games for the ZX Spectrum (Pan Books)
Over the Spectrum (Melbourne House)
The Spectrum Book of Games (Granada)
Spectrum Spectacular (V&H Computer Services)
Interviews 80 Nick Alexander & Steve Webb (Virgin Games)
Phil Manchester tracks down Nick Alexander and Steve Webb of Virgin Games to hear their latest plans. Nick Alexander and Steve Webb are no longer virgins in the software field - Phil Manchester takes a stroll up Portobello Road to check on how Virgin Games have beefed up their act.
Competitions 63 Hippodrome Competition
Win a year's membership to one of London's trendiest nightspots. Your Spectrum, in association with the management of the London Hippodrome, is deliriously happy to announce ... The Great Animated Logo Competition.
Odds & Ends 13 Top 10 Turkeys
15 The YS Top 20
July's favourite games, according to our readers.
17 Forum
Your chance to air your views. Is there something you're not telling us?
At the End of the Line ...(RM Aitken)
QL Contentment?(S Laflin-Barker)
How D'ya Do It?(Philip Stanley)
See Where Grovelling Gets You(CB Backhouse)
Keyboard Questions(Carl Ferreira)
Taking the Tedium out of Tapping
(Don Smith)
Short Cut to Amaze(John Durst)
IN Trouble(Tony Ivanov)
46 Input-Output
Make friends, publicise your club or swop your software - all for free!
QL User 51 QL News
QL User appears each month within the pages of Your Spectrum. Look out for the 'Complete Dossier' edition - in the shops now! QL User: The Complete Dossier, The Sinclair QL Companion, Demise of the QL 'kludge'.
52 The Psion Writers
If you subscribe to the motto, "It's the software that maketh the hardware", then Psion have a lot to answer for. Surya asked the authors of the QL's bundled software, Charles Davies (Archive), Martin Stamp (Quill), Martin Brown (Easel) and Colly Myers (Abacus), what they'd set out to achieve.