A scoop for Your Spectrum! From the hallowed halls of Sinclair Research, the word is that the Spectrum's in for some radical changes. Turn those pages ... fast! Roger Munford.
Manic Mimicry
What have Frank N Stein, Astronut and Monty Mole all got in common? Find out inside ... Ross Holman and Dave Nicholls.
A 'Venture into the Unknown
A regular page for adventurers. We take a look at Lords of Midnight and Sherlock, with helpful hints for Hobbit-eers.
Spectrum Spooler
YS provides the missing link between the QL and ZX Spectrum. Simon Goodwin.
Spectrum Speakers
You want your Spectrum to talk to you? Owning a speech synthesiser could be one of the first signs of madness - check it out. Henry Budgett.
Your Spectrum

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Issue 9, November 1984
- contents -
YS MegaBasic: The First Tutorial - part one
An in-depth study of windows and character sets - as well as the last minute inclusion of a Front Panel. Mike Leaman.
  • Frontlines
  • Forum
  • Spectrolysis
  • Input/Output
  • Circe
  • Subscriptions
  • YS T-shirt Offer
  • Back Issues
  • Top 20
  • Joystick Jury
  • Ocean Defence
  • Turn-Up
  • Win a Cheetah RAT


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Frontlines 3 From the Hip, Rumbles, Concurrent Affairs and Hacking Away, alongside all the latest happenings.
1200 Modem (Protek Computing)
Junior Pro joystick (Kempston Microelectronics)
Loadmaster volume indicator (Probemaster)
Robotek interface (Datel Electronics)
Touchmaster graphics pad
Eddie Kidd's Jump Challenge (Martech)
Forth on MicroSource ROM (Currah)
Music Typewriter (Romantic Robot)
Mutant Monty (Artic)
Questprobe Marvel adventures (Adventure International)
Quicksilva's Christmas releases
The Saga of Erik the Viking (Mosaic Publishing)
Travel with Trashman (New Generation)
Anirog drop Spectrum development
Boots stocks Microvitec monitors
The Chip Shop radio program (BBC Radio 1 & 4)
YS animated screens at PCW show (Christopher Hester)
Spectrum & QL News 4 Rumbles
Our sleuth on the software scene, Ron Smith reveals the rumours. Automan (Bug-Byte), Crystal Caverns (Dream Software), BMX Racers (Mastertronic).
12 Concurrent Affairs
Our man at the PCW show, John Torofex, got out and about to check out the rumours of the moment - here's his report ... QL sales at PCW show, LISP on QL, New bug in QL 'JM' version, Sinclair software duplication, New QL products from: OE Ltd, Computer One, GST.
Advice 7 From the Hip
Microdrive cable problem, ROM routine to print BC register, Microvitec Cub monitor.
10 Hacking Away
Welcome to our regular column for hacker's hints and tips. Poke some fun into your programs and write to Andrew Pennell ... Lunar Jetman, Sabre Wulf, Tutankhamun, Tranz Am, Kosmic Kanga, Cavelon, Jet Set Willy, Wheelie.
67 Spectrolysis: Double Trouble
If you're having problems with any aspect of Spectrum hardware/software, let Ian Beardsmore come to your rescue. Write to him c/o Spectrolysis ... RS232 problems, Alphacom lock-up, Brother EP44 printer with Tasword.
Software Reviews 59 Joystick Jury
Check out the verdicts of our panel on the latest software. Success in the charts doesn't always mean it's the best game around. Check out the thoughts of our jury this month - Ron Smith, Roger Willis and Dave Lester - and you'll see what we mean ...
Alcatraz Harry(Mastertronic)53%
BC Bill(Imagine/Beau-Jolly)66%
Full Throttle(Micromega)66%
Humpty Dumpty Meets the Fuzzy Wuzzies(Artic)66%
Madhatter(Gamma Software)26%
The Perils of Bear George(Cheetahsoft)40%
Pi in 'Ere(Automata)66%
River Raid(Activision)53%
29 Spectrum Adventures: A 'Venture into the Unknown
Welcome to our regular adventure page. The cast of contributors includes Clive Gifford, author of Adventures For Your Spectrum, Gary Smart and Neil Mackintosh who are all avid adventure fanatics. The Green Goblin is our own Peter Shaw, author of Creating Adventures on Your ZX Spectrum. The Hobbit.
Lords of Midnight(Beyond)
Sherlock(Melbourne House)
Software Features42Manic Mimicry
Could it be that there are too few original ideas coming out of UK software houses? Ross Holman examines three new releases - Astronut, Frank N Stein and Monty Mole - and draws the inevitable conclusion ...
47 Hacker's Guide
Codebuster Dave Nicholls examines the major problems experienced by designers of the ever-popular 'platform' games, discussing the methods of program storage that make this kind of multi-screen adventure possible in just 48k.
Hardware Features 36 The New Spectrum - The Shape of Things to Come?
More than just a rumour ... Your Spectrum's Roger Munford gives you a sneak preview of the latest addition to the Sinclair Research range of computers - the soon-to-be-released ZX Spectrum+.
52 Spectrum Speakers
The word is that attaching any speech synthesiser to your Spectrum will allow you to have cosy chats together. Henry Budgett determines whether this is one of the first signs of madness.
Box/Orator (Fuller Micro Systems)
MicroSpeech (Currah Computer Components)
S-Pack (DCP Microdevelopments)
Sweet Talker (Cheetah Marketing)
ZXS Speech Synthesiser (Timedata)
Programming 24 Spectrum Spooler
Having problems interfacing? Peripherals won't talk to you any more? Simon Goodwin has a solution for QL and Spectrum owners throughout the land ...
31 YS MegaBasic: The First Tutorial - part one
Your Spectrum presents the first in a series of tutorials on the amazing new language for the ZX Spectrum - YS MegaBasic. Mike Leaman details two of its most outstanding features - windows, and the manipulation of character sets.
Reader's Programs 75 Program Power
Get set to type in two great games for your Spectrum:
Ocean Defence - Save your home base by dropping depth charges on the submarines lurking beneath the waves. (Danny Sheehan)
Turn-Up - A new implementation of an old classic. A board game you'll never get bored with! (Adrian George)
Interviews 88 Colin Stokes (Software Projects)
Sue Denham tackles Colin Stokes of Software Projects. Surviving the software market is no easy ride ... even if you do have Matthew Smith in tow. Sue Denham tackles Colin Stokes of Software Projects on topics past, present and future.
Competitions 39 Cheetah Competition - Win a Cheetah RAT
Over £800 worth of prizes must be won. In association with Cheetah Marketing and Cheetahsoft, Your Spectrum brings you a wordsquare competition with over £800 of prizes for the ZX Spectrum.
Odds & Ends 14 Forum
Readers' revenge! Hints, harassment and humble pie. Is there something you're not telling us?
The Luck of the Draw(A Brown)
Managing Microdrives(Jon McNamara)
Hobbit Hackers(Nigel Foster)
Kataproblems(Tom Jenkins)
Mis-timed?(Patrick Fox)
Bigger's Not Always Better(David Webb)
Centronics Confusion(John Flenley)
Hot Gossip(A Husain)
Mickroszamitogep - Who He?(Johnathan Frank)
Pals of Pascal(Frank Hollis)
Paranoid Poker(Thomas 'Erauqs' Smith)
Coding Corrections(Daniel Mills)
Penning The Quill(Tony Bryne)
Here We Go Again ...(David Bailey)
Fair Enough?(Stuart Cooper)
21 The YS Top 20
Readers poll their fave raves. Will nothing knock Sabre Wulf from No.1 position?
69 Input/Output
Your chance to sell and swop, and make a few friends into the bargain.