Return of the Heroes
Sequels Kong Strikes Back and Hunchback II have been two years in the making. Was the wait worthwhile? Craig Rawstron
Joystick Jury
Our resident jurors pass judgement on 15 new games. Be there! Ross Holman, Roger Willis and Dave Nicholls.
We're showing off again! See how good YS MegaBasic is for yourselves ... Mike Leaman
Step inside ... and we'll show you how to make more of your Microdrives! A J Unwin
April Showers
A bit of seasonal fun in Jet Set Willy's 61st room! Dave Nicholls and Sue Denham
Screen Scrunger
Save those screens in half the bytes - just like the professionals do! Chris Wood
Your Spectrum

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Issue 13, April 1985
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Big Deal!
Shuffle playing cards anywhere on-screen instantly ... that's the magic of machine code. Toni Baker
Program Power
Mystery Box and Squirler - go on, treat yourself to some good programming. P J Simmons and Colin Barnsley
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Frontlines 3 Spectrum speculations - along with Hacking Away, Hard Facts and From the Hip too! Were you one of our Avalon compo winners? Do you fancy entering the Sunday Observer compo? Read all about it here first ... in Frontlines!
Cheetah Marketing new releases
Sinclair C5 illegal power-up
Moon Cresta (Incentive Software)
Talisman (Games Workshop)
4 Computer Buffs TV program (Channel 4)
Avalon competion winners (Hewson Consultants)
Computers in Education Exhibition (Hi-Technology)
Dk'Tronics acquires bankrupt Currah Micro Products
Dolphin Adventure Holidays
Ket Trilogy competion winner (Incentive Software)
Kevin Cox is new Your Spectrum editor
Nordic goes into liquidation
Wally Week song (Mikro-Gen)
Spectrum 16k/48k original models phased out (Sinclair Research)
Xadom national computer competition (Observer Sunday Magazine)
QL News 12 Concurrent QL Affairs
For all the news and views on the QL micro, dispel those rumours with John Torofex! New graphics packages (Talent, CP Software, Eidersoft), STOP Microdrive compression utility (Digitex), CP/M-80 card (QL+), CP/M packages & RAM expansion (Quest Automatic), New QL games books.
Advice 5 Hard Facts
If you're having hassles with your hardware, get in touch with DIY demon Stephen Adams ... SoftROM problems (YR.2), Spectrum supplies source, 32K RAM pack fault, Speech synthesiser problems on 16K Spectrum.
6 Hacking Away
All the POKEs and more! Send your hacking hints to Andrew Pennell ... Scuba Dive, Fred, Sabre Wulf, Kokotoni Wilf.
11 From the Hip
Troubleshootin' Pete reporting ... Runaway Microdrives, Starting with hacking.
Software Reviews 43 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!
Alien(Mind Games)80%
Blue Max(US Gold)26%
Brian Bloodaxe(The Edge)70%
Buggy Blast(Firebird)53%
Gift from the Gods(Ocean)33%
The Great Space Race(Legend)6%
Hellfire(Melbourne House)40%
Learning with Leeper(Software Projects)20%
Pole Position(Atarisoft)80%
System 15000(Craig Communications)53%
25 Spectrum Adventures
Top adventure games reviewed - and there's hints 'n' tips on a whole lot more! After a hard day's night with Heroes of Karn and Curse of the Seven Faces, Clive Gifford dials the YS Adventure Helpline for the latest tricks 'n' tactics. Valkyrie 17, The Hulk, Hampstead, Snowball, Lords of Time, Colditz, Eye of Bain, Adventure Quest.
Curse of the Seven Faces(Imperial Software)
Heroes of Karn(Interceptor Software)
Software Features 36 Return of the Heroes
Sequels Kong Strikes Back and Hunchback II have been two years in the making. Was the wait worthwhile? Craig Rawstron
41 April Showers
With the compliments of the season, Dave Nicholls and Sue Denham set out to track down the missing room in Jet Set Willy. Won't you join them?
Hardware Features 32 Microdrivin'
Investing in a Microdrive is a relatively easy process - using it is another matter entirely! A J Unwin offers tricks and tips on how to get around a number of seemingly insurmountable hassles experienced by Microdrive users.
Programming 20 Big Deal!
Card games written in Basic suffer from very slow graphics on-screen ... but if machine code's not your speciality, what do you do? Relax - the answer's here! Machine code magician, Toni Baker presents an amazing program to draw playing cards anyhwere on-screen - just like that!
28 MegaDemo
1985 is the year of YS MegaBasic! And here for your delectation is a demonstration of its capabilities, courtesy of YS MegaBasic author, Mike Leaman.
53 Screen Scrunger
Calling all those of you who are contemplating adding graphics to your adventure programs. Chris Wood has devised a couple of screen compressor programs that'll 'scrunge' those screens and save those precious bytes.
Reader's Programs 59 Program Power
Here's a double helping of listings to satisfy your appetite for good Spectrum programming, courtesy of Colin Barnsley (Squirler) and P J Simmons (Mystery Box).
Interviews 72 David Heelas (Dk'Tronics)
Kevin Cox meets up with the peripheral people, Dk'Tronics - see inside! Out on the fringes of the computer world, there are all sorts of people producing peripherals that Sir Clive never bothered about. Kevin Cox sparred with David Heelas of Dk'Tronics at the recent ZX Microfair - this is his blow-by-blow account ...
Competitions 51 Mighty Magus Compo
Your chance to win loads of Quicksilva software. Turn those pages fast! The Gamelords of Quicksilva have got together with the cringing creatures from the YS Towerblock to bring you a competition in which you stand to win some classic software. Go for it ...
Odds & Ends 15 The YS Top 20
The YS charts of all the 'hot' games around. Check it out - after all, you voted for it!
17 Forum
Take a peek in this month's postbag - you'll be amazed at what you find there! 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!
Brotherly Love(David Poole)
Codebusters!(Peter Green)
Spectrum+ Snag!(Stuart Free)
Scandal!(Mr 'T')
MC2 - My Theory Is ...(R Black)
Someone Poke Pete!(Mick)
Every Picture ...(Martin Ridout)
The Cruellest Cut of All(Kenneth Hardacre)
Keyboard Cowboys?(Mrs Spring)
Avast Ye Pirates!(Chris Hall)
Mis-Read?(Alan Potter)
Greetings from Alpha(Zrable Greenspam)
RGB Adaptations(The Doppel-Ganger)
39 MegaBasic Special Offer
Don't get caught without a copy! It's the inexpensive miracle on cassette.
67 Input/Output
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