Space Ace
3-2-1 Blast off! Join us for a space-age shoot 'em up. Starion's the star turn! Ross Holman and Chris Wood
Painting by Numbers
Are you an artful bodger? Graphics software is the answer - count on it! Peter Shaw and Penny Page
Hot Heads
Things are hotting up in the battle of the thermal printers. Stay cool and read on! Peter Green
Joystick Jury
Our joystick jurors put all the new games through their paces. Read the results now! Roger Willis, Ross Holman and Dave Nicholls
We've made revision fun! It's just a question of mind over matter. Chris Winterton
Program Power
Four fantastic programs for hours of fun! Go on, power 'em up! B Herivel, M Rapps, M Rai, A Leonard and M Paknadel
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Issue 15, June 1985
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Pic 'n' Mix
Make a masterpiece by combining two screen pics. Go on, mix 'em up! Chris Somerville
Interior Decorating
It's the complete DIY guide to building and decorating in Jet Set Willy. Dave Nicholls
Snap, Crackle & Pop
We're sounding off about YS MegaBasic again! Now you can really be a big noise! L A Privett
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Frontlines 3 If it's new, it's here. Plus Hacking Away, From the Hip and Hard Facts too! Will you be Snowbound this summer? Who's an April Fool then? Has Legend got a superiority Komplex? Is your thigh bone connected to your knee bone? Is YS doomed? Find the answers to these and other curious questions in ... Frontlines!
3-2-1 (Micro-Computer)
Body Works (Genesis)
Falcon Patrol 2 (Virgin Games)
Icicle Works (Statesoft)
Jonah Barrington's Squash (New Generation Software)
Komplex (Legend)
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Mosaic Publishing)
Spanish educational titles (Kosmos,Silversoft,CDS)
Super Gran (Tynesoft)
April Showers competition winners
CAS (Commodore & Spectrum) User fanzine
Spectrum UK competition winner
Ultimate win Golden Joystick Award
Advice 6 Hacking Away
POKE fun into your games! Send your hacking hints to Andrew Pennell ... Monty Mole, Horace and the Spiders, Horace Goes Skiing, Stop the Express, Arcadia, Frank N Stein, Adventure Quest.
11 Hard Facts
From dodgy 'drives to suspect Speccies, Stephen Adams makes the connection - contact him at Hard Facts ... Stack Light Rifle, ICL 22SI video console, Microdrive errors.
11 From the Hip
Loading & saving headerless files, Rounding numbers, Spectrum 'QL-clone' upgrade.
72 Hack Free Zone
Hackers keep out! All new hints 'n' tips for gamesplayers only! So, c'mon play the game! Are you hacked off with hackers? Would you have trouble hacking your own hands off? You couldn't even POKE yourself in the eye! If you play games but don't play about with them, this is the page for you. What you'll find is everything for the pure games player. So, c'mon play the game! Everyone's a Wally.
Software Reviews 51 Joystick Jury
Judge, jury and executioner, all rolled into one - Dave Nicholls, Roger Willis and Ross Holman - pass sentence on this month's selection of supreme Spectrum software.
A Day in the Life(Micromega)40%
Brian Jacks Superstar Challenge(Martech)20%
Bug Eyes(Icon)53%
Death Star Interceptor(System 3 Software)26%
Dragontorc(Hewson Consultants)60%
The Dukes of Hazzard(Elite)26%
Fantastic Voyage(Quicksilva)40%
Finders Keepers(Mastertronic)86%
Formula One(CRL)33%
Grand National(Elite)73%
Mighty Magus(Quicksilva)46%
Ski Star 2000(Richard Shepherd Software)40%
Spy Hunter(US Gold)33%
World Series Baseball(Imagine)53%
26 Spectrum Adventures
Lost? Confused? We're here to help. Plus, the gruesome Gremlins! There's something so monstrous happening in Castle Rathbone that you may not be able to read on. Ugh, it's horrible ... it's Peter Shaw ...
Gremlins(Adventure International)
Software Features 28 Painting by Numbers
Forget the pens and paintbrushes - how about painting with pixels? Penny Page has taken a peek at four new graphics packages and Peter Shaw completes the picture.
The Artist(Softek)
Leonardo(Creative Sparks)
Lightmagic(New Generation Software)
PaintPlus(Print 'n' Plotter)
33 Interior Decorating
OK, we'll come clean - we did know where the extra room in Jet Set Willy was. And it wasn't long before you all found it as well. Now Dave Nicholls shows you how you can start re-arranging the furniture in Willy's mansion.
36 Space Ace
Welcome to the YS Space Academy. Here you'll receive full in-flight training from Space Commander, Ross Holman. Master the techniques of time travelling in Starion, the stunning new 3D space game from Melbourne House. Time waits for no man, so go for it now!
39 Hacker's Guide
Join Chris Wood on a journey through time and space - into the centre of Starion.
Hardware Features 42 Hot Heads
If you're not that flush, but you need a printer, stay cool and go thermal. Peter Green comes in from the cold to consider the hottest ones around.
Alphacom 32(Dean Electronics)
Brother HR-5(Brother)
Epson-40(Epson UK)
Floyd 40(Shive Instruments)
Programming 20 Pic 'n' Mix
Pick up a handful of your old screen pics and mix them together to create some stunning new visuals. Chris Somerville sketches out the possibilities.
48 Snap, Crackle & Pop
If you thought all had gone quiet on YS MegaBasic, keep listening 'cos we're about to break the sound barrier. Prepare to have your ears pierced by L A Privett's program on the MegaBasic PLAY command.
Miscellaneous Features 23 Mastermind
The lights go down as you sink into the YS Mastermind chair - but the questions you answer are as tough as you want to make them. Chris Winterton has come up with a program that'll test you to the limits and make all your exam revision FUN!
Reader's Programs 61 Program Power
Something for everyone in this month's Program Power. Arcade addicts'll go headlong for the Gold Rush (M Rai) and Shooting Gallery (Adam Leonard), and all you clever clogs'll want to Drop Out (B Herivel & M Rapps) and TasCount (Malcolm Paknadel) is one utility that'll have you out for the count! Get those programs powered up.
Books 4 Paperdata
The Hacker's Handbook (Century Communications)
The Hacker's Handbook (Longman Publishing)
Competitions 46 Opus Discovery Compo - Desert Island Disks
This is the biggie! Five Opus Discovery disk drives must be won in our mighty mega compo. Turn those pages fast! Our competition castaway this month is ... you! But dwelling on our desert island could lead you to an important discovery - an Opus Discovery. Here's your chance to win one of five fantastic disk drives, worth a grand total of £1,000!
Odds & Ends 14 YS Soft Wares
Save £££s off selected software in our special readers' offer!
15 YS All Time Top 10 Chart & YS Go For Gold
What's this? - the YS Top 10 and news of our great chart challenge. Check it out! If you're an all-time great games player, you could be in line for a medal. Go for it now - it's gold!
17 Forum
Bet you never knew there was so much in it! Write on! Write to us - there's a bundle of free Spectrum software for this month's Star Letter!
Save As You Learn(Christopher Hopson)
Pensioned-off Program(Mike Moscoff)
Life After JSW?(Thomas 'Erauqs' Smith)
Price High, No Limit(Neil McClements)
Unlucky Break(David Poole)
Hobbit Hacking?(Darren Bates)
On Yer Bike(K Peel)
Poke Curtail(Jasper)
On the Blower(C R Lister)
Makin' it Safe(Damien Murphy)
Idiot's Guide(From a complete nutter with a name too rude to print)
On the Cards(David Gent)
The YS Trainspotter Award(Brian Butler)
40 YS MegaBasic Special Offer
Positively your last, never to be repeated, chance to pick up the miracle Basic at an all time low of £7.95!
47 YS Modem Offer
Tap your telephone with a Prism VTX 5000. Dial up a great deal now.
58 Input/Output
Do a deal and make a friend, with a freebie YS classified ad!