Breaking and Entering
Everything you always wanted to know about hacking ... but were afraid to ask! Terry Bulfib
Procedural Practice
More on YS MegaBasic - plus your chance to be first in the queue to order the package. See inside ... Mike Leaman
Message Mover
Scroll text on the 23rd line of the screen display. Martin Evans
Hints 'n' Tips
Routines to make your programs more professional. Gavin Monk
Christmas Card
An Xmas message from us to you ... or you to them? Tony Samuels
Lunar Buggy
A spaced-out, fast-moving lunar extrvaganza. Robert Stockton
What's it got that the old one lacked? A new micro ... or just fancy packaging? Max Philips
Your Spectrum

YR.10 cover - Click for the BIG picture

Issue 10, December 1984
- contents -
Deus Ex Machina
The latest experience in cinematic software - transforming your Spectrum into a video recorder! Ross Holman and Dave Nicholls
Joystick Jury
All the reviews you'll need if you're in the market for Xmas software. Roger Willis, Ross Holman and Dave Nicholls
  • Top 20
  • Spectrum Adventures
  • Interface ROMs
  • Sprite Designer
  • Awesome Secrets of the QL
  • Win a Wafadrive
  • Frontlines
  • Forum
  • Spectrolysis
  • Input/Output
  • Circe
  • Subscriptions
  • T-shirts
  • Back Issues


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Frontlines 3 Our news is always good news! Catch up on all the gossip, along with From the Hip, Concurrent Affairs, Hacking Away and Hard Core.
Akai television (Akai)
On/Off switch (TEC)
Sinclair Vision QL Monitor (MBS Data Efficiency)
8th Day text adventures (8th Day Software)
Activision's new releases
Cambridge Award winners
Country Cottages / Assignment East Berlin (Sterling Software)
Jasper (Micromega)
Kokotoni Wilf (Elite Systems)
The Magic Sword (Database Communications)
Spectrum Sound Effects (MFM Data Services)
Swords & Sorcery (PSS)
Underwurlde / Knightlore (Ultimate)
The Wrath of Magra / See-Ka of Assiah (Mastertronic)
Firebird label launched (British Telecom)
Hippodrome competition winners
The Last Starfighter movie
Micro Repair Club
Ocean buys up Imagine's assets
Software Sales Service (Bug-Byte, CBS, Quicksilva, Virgin)
Stuart Henry's Pop Quiz MS donation (Bellflower)
QL News 12 Concurrent QL Affairs
John Torofex and Nigel Cross investigate the QL news scene. High street sales, Simplex Data 256k RAM extension, QL enquiry analysis, QLUB News delays, Quarterly Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence, Serial port problems.
Advice 4 Hacking Away
Andrew Pennell peruses the POKEs. Write to him at Hacking Away ... Chuckie Egg.
6 From the Hip
Basicode, Micro Repair Club, Computer World on Capital Radio.
13 Hard Core
Our hardware hacker, Trevor Marchant, is here to help you resuscitate your Spectrum equipment.
Software Reviews 57 Joystick Jury
What's on your shopping list for Christmas? Let Ross Holman, Dave Nicholls and Roger Willis help you make your mind up!
Beach-Head(US Gold/Ocean)53%
Beatcha(Romik Software)6%
Braxx Bluff(Micromega)53%
Combat Lynx(Durell Software)40%
Daley Thompson's Decathlon(Ocean)70%
Delta Wing(Creative Sparks)66%
Eye of Bain(Artic)53%
Hustler(Bubble Bus)26%
Kokotoni Wilf(Elite)53%
The Prize(Arcade Software)33%
Psytraxx(The Edge)40%
Trouble Brewin'(Silversoft)53%
66 Spectrum Adventures
Avid adventure fanatics Peter Shaw and Dave Nicholls get to grips with Eureka, Hampstead and Peter Pan. And if you're lost, stuck or just plain suicidal in adventure-land, phone for the YS Adventure Helpline ... Playing tips for Eureka.
Hampstead(Melbourne House)
Peter Pan(Hodder & Stoughton)
Software Features 52 Deus Ex Machina
Deus Ex Machina may be an innovation - bringing a touch of Hollywood to our screens - but what of the game itself? Is it a game anyway?! Ross Holman auditions Automata's rising star, providing out-takes from its screen test.
55 Hacker's Guide
Seasoned hacker Dave Nicholls shuffles through Deus' code - and comes up trumps!
Hardware Features 34 Spectrum+
As predicted in our last issue, Sinclair Research did indeed launch an upgrade to the ZX Spectrum - the ZX Spectrum+. Max Philips grabbed it as it came through the door to give us his verdict.
78 Awesome Secrets of the QL
Max Phillips reveals the mystery of the QL's Microdrives. Those of you with your own QL who have started to explore its many mysteries and delights will probably be tired of the constant barrage of bitching and criticism. What you want to see are the micro miracles other computers fail to offer. Quentin Lowe reveals one of the QL's lesser-known qualities.
Programming 25 Spectrolysis: Your Number's Up
Number crunching à la Ian Beardsmore! Even Ian Beardsmore can be bitten by the games bug - and memory's no problem when you use his base 255 numbering system!
28 Breaking and Entering
Everything you always wanted to know about the art of hacking ... but were afraid to ask! The facts up-front from Terry Bulfib
39 Sprite Designer
Crafty code from Toni Baker to make spritely shapes fly around the screen. User-defined sprites on the Spectrum? It's not that difficult! Get things moving on-screen with more machine code magic from Toni Baker.
48 YS MegaBasic Tutorial - Procedural Practice
Mike Leaman shows you how to structure your programs in YS MegaBasic. And, at last, there's an opportunity to be first in the queue for the program itself!
Miscellaneous Features 26 Interface ROM: The Inside Story
The inside story of the Interface 1 ... as told by Andrew Pennell. Andrew Pennell discusses the changes made to the Interface 1 ROM.
Reader's Programs 83 Program Power
A bumper Xmas collection of four fantastic programs for you to tap into your Spectrum ...
Message Mover - Scroll text on the 23rd line of the screen display. (Martin Evans)
Tips for the Top - Routines to make your programs more professional. (Gavin Monk)
Xmas Card - An Xmas message from us to you ... or you to them? (Tony Samuels)
Lunar Buggy - A spaced-out, fast-moving lunar extravaganza. (Robert Stockton)
Interviews 104 Nigel Searle (Sinclair Research)
The secrets of the Spectrum+ - Sinclair Research MD Nigel Searle speaks out. A Sue Denham exlcusive! Just days after the launch, Sinclair Research's MD Nigel Searle explains the thinking that's gone into the ZX Spectrum+.
Competitions 71 Win a Wafadrive
Can you afford to miss the chance to win a Wafadrive? There's 25 of 'em up for grabs in our easy-to-enter competition.
Odds & Ends 14 Your Spectrum Top Turkeys
Good, bad and indifferent ... as usual us gamesters got an across-the-board sprinkling in 1984. Old Nick takes a three-pronged look at the seamier side of it all.
16 YS Top Twenty Chart
Your tips for the top ... and guess who's back at number one!
19 Forum
Programs, problems and personalities - they're all here! Is there something you're not telling us? From next issue on, there'll be a crisp tenner awarded to the Star Letter of the Month. Don't miss out ...
Issue Forth(Andy Sheppard)
Short Shrift(Philip Hankinson)
Drag at YS?(Mark Quilliam)
A Hexing Question(Anthony Mayers)
Dumps on a Shoestring(David Valentine)
Zipping on a Pension(H E Hammond)
Avast Ye Software Houses(Richard Harrison)
79 Input/Output
Book your free ad - and make a few friends into the bargain!