|Frontlines||Rumours of new portable micro (Sinclair Research)|
|Sinclair C5 electric car launched (Sinclair Research)|
|Tony Crowther signs deal with Quicksilva|
|QL News||Concurrent QL Affairs
For all the news and views on the QL market, dispel the rumours with John Torofex. QLUB membership complaints, Quest disk drive problems, Simplex Data memory expansion, QL Plus add-on range from PCML, CST disk interface & memory expansion.
All the POKEs and more! Send your hacking hints to Andrew Pennell ... Mr Wimpy, Modifying Ultimate's loader, Jet Set Willy, Defenda, Moon Alert, Cavelon, Maze Death Race, Horace Goes Skiing, The Crypt.
|Software Reviews||Joystick Jury
From their bench on high, our regular panel of jurors - Ross Holman, Dave Nicholls and Roger Willis - pass judgement on the latest games software! Air Traffic Control, Beamrider, Booty, Bridge Player 2, Cylon Attack, Knight Lore, Match Day, Ms Pacman, Mutant Monty, Skool Daze, Son of Blagger, Starstrike, Strontium Dog - The Killing, The Witch's Cauldron, Word Games with the Mr Men.
Hints and tips from Castle Rathbone, with Clive Gifford, Dave Nicholls and Peter Shaw. Clive Gifford, the Black Baron of Castle Rathbone, gets on-line with Peter Marment, Gary Smart and Neil Mackintosh to check out your adventure problems this month. Also enlisted are Hairy Hacker Dave Nicholls and Green Goblin Peter Shaw. Eureka!, Valhalla, Valkyrie 17. Doomdark's Revenge, Ghoulies
|Into the Music?
Over the past couple of years, apart from the odd snatch of a tune in games software, very little attention has been dedicated to the development of good music utilities. Composer and electronic designer Adrian Wagner checks out five of the latest packages available to see if the wait was worthwhile. Music Maker (Bellflower), Music Maker (Malan), Music Typewriter, Play, Type and Transpose, Spectune
|Software Features||Hey, Anyone Seen a Ghost?
What better way to guarantee a successful software package than to wait until the film, book and T-shirt have all 'gone down a storm', before wading in with your own product while the market's still eager. When Ghostbusters - the movie - began its successful sweep of this country, Activision launched a version of the eponymous game for the CBM 64. Now, after the 'Ghostbusting' thrill has died down a bit, the Spectrum version of the game has appeared - but, as Ross Holman and Dave Nicholls are unhappy to report, it just hasn't got the panache of the CBM version. Messrs Holman and Nicholls draw their paranormal conclusions ...
Codebusting makes Dave Nicholls feel good ... especially on Activision's Ghostbusters.
ZX Spectrums may not be the most musical of micros ... but, if you're like Chris Somerville, you're not exactly a Beethoven in the making anyway! So, compose yourself for the musically illiterate's guide to writing music ...
After a brief sojourn writing commercial software, we welcome programming guru Simon Goodwin back to the pages of YS with his first major utility since ZIP! Multisearch might be somewhat smaller than its predecessor but, as a fully relocatable 'search and replace' utility in just 255 bytes, it too is dedicated to the art of speeding up your Basic programs. Don't limit yourself to any other utility - make more of Multisearch!
|Reader's Programs||Program Power
Your Spectrum is proud to present an amazing 100 per cent machine code game written by Stuart Jamieson.
Mac Man - One hundred percent machine code madness - the idea's old, but the program's gold!
|Books||Paperdata: Machine Code Sprites and Graphics (Sunshine Publications)|
Sue Denham catches up with the enigmatic Joey, programmer extraordinaire. Getting a foothold into the 'glamorous' world of writing software can be a harrowing experience. Sue Denham calls on Joey, ex-programmer for Bug-Byte, to recall the tortuous road to success.
|Odds & Ends||The YS Top 20
The games software charts for March, voted entirely by you!
Disturbing diatribes, dynamic debates and DIY - it's all in this month's postbag. Is there something you're not telling us? Don't miss out on the chance to win a bundle of free Spectrum software for each month's Star Letter!