I Spy ...
Bond is back in A View to a Kill, the cloak 'n' dagger computer game from Domark. Come on in from the code!
Celtic Ranger
We've cast an Irish eye over Dun Darach, the Celtic cartoon from Gargoyle Games.
Black Magic Boxes
Who knows the secret of the two new hardware transfer add-ons? We do!
The Generation Game
In the beginning were the Games Creators. And Tony Samuels begat a couple of megagames with them. And he saw that they were good! What d'you think?
Just a Tick
Hang on a sec. It's Toni Baker, back with an amazing Interrupt Manager. Now you can control up to sixteen interrupt routines running at once.
3D 3
There's a 3D sprite designer, a turbo-charger and the YS MegaBasic conversion program to add to last month's 3D graphics creator. Who said thee's a crowd?
Your Spectrum

YR.17 cover - Click for the BIG picture

Issue 17, August 1985
- contents -
Escape from Castle Rathbone
Can you save the YS team? We've locked you up with them in Stalag Rathbone and thrown away the key. Now get out of that one!
We're backing this great arcade fave as one of the best versions of Hunchback you've seen. Go on, ring his bell!
YS Readers' Survey
Tell us and win a telly! You can win a Sinclair portable TV just by giving us your views on YS. After all, it's Your Spectrum.
  • Go for Gold
  • Give Us A Clue
  • Joystick Jury
  • Hack Free Zone
  • Kempston Chicane Compo
  • Frontlines
  • Forum
  • Back Issues
  • Input/Output
  • Subscriptions
  • YS Softwares


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Frontlines 3 Tidings of comfort and joysticks. Plus Hacking Away, From the Hip and Hard Facts too! Has Sir Clive really sold out? Will you be athletic with Charlton? Fancy basking with a shark? Can you spot the software parrot? Are Ocean's new games full of eastern promise? Is Roger Willis really 'armless? How many more awful puns can you find? They're all in Frontlines ...
Champion joystick (CGL)
Polyprint multilingual interface (Cambridge Microelectronics)
WS2000 modem (Miracle Technology)
Bobby Charlton's Soccer
Booty wins Gold Cassette Award (Firebird)
GLASS (Quicksilva)
Komplex City (Legend)
Ocean's new releases
Style graphics package (Saga)
CK1 cleaning kit (Dennison Manufacturing)
The Great Space Race offer (Legend)
Ocean sign deal with Konami
Print 'n' Plotter competition winners
Robert Maxwell interest in Sinclair Research
Roger Willis in plaster
Advice 5 Hard Facts
So, you think you've got problems? Well, Stephen Adams is here to sort them out. Get in touch with him at Hard Facts ... Using Hitachi TV with Issue 2 Spectrum, Problems with Sony KV27 video connection, Speccy connected to 12V supply, Disabling MicroSpeech, Printer/plotter control codes, Rotating UDGs on-screen.
6 Hacking Away
Calling all hackers! You can contact our red hot POKEr, Andy Pennell by writing to Hacking Away ... Monty Mole, Android, Ghostbusters, Mutant Monty, Cavern Fighter, Black Hawk, River Rescue, Sky Ranger, Zombie Zombie, Giant's Revenge, Halls of the Things, Mugsy.
13 From the Hip
The Artist (Softek), Headerless loaders, POKE to put edit line at top of screen, Redefining the character set.
30 Give Us A Clue
If you're going up the wall in an adventure, we're here to help you down. Sherlock, Gremlins, Valkyrie 17.
64 Hack-Free Zone
Chuck the cheats. Here's the page for those who play the games! Plus a hag-ridden review of Cauldron. You know what they say. Those who can, play. Those who can't, hack. Welcome to the page for all of us who can! Cavelon, Pyjamarama, Shadowfire, Knight Lore, Dragontorc, Bruce Lee, Evil Dead.
Software Reviews 39 Joystick Jury
Our three good men and true try out the latest arcade action. There's joy for the good games and stick for the bad 'uns! Our three-ring circus of Roger Willis, Ross Holman and Dave Nicholls is back in town. Watch 'em put all the latest arcade games through the hoops - and have a laugh at the clowning around.
Battle for Midway(PSS)46%
The Bulge(Lothlorien/Argus)60%
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory(Hill MacGibbon)40%
Don't Buy This(Firebird)26%
Don't Panic(Firebird)53%
Fahrenheit 3000(Firebird)26%
Falcon Patrol 2(Virgin Games)80%
Herbert's Dummy Run(MikroGen)73%
Match Fishing(Alligata)26%
Nodes of Yesod(Odin Software)93%
Pipeline / SOS(Viper)73%
Tapper(US Gold)80%
Video Pool(OCP)66%
Software Features 24 The Generation Game
Games creators aren't new exactly but they're still the best and quickest way for even the duffest programmer to knock out some ace arcade action. And talking of duffers, we've asked Tony Samuels to create a couple of classics while Peter Shaw looked over his shoulder and took notes.
Games Designer(Quicksilva)
HURG(Melbourne House)
30 Celtic Ranger
Begob and Begorrah. Prepare for a blast of the blarney from your man in Ireland, Chris Cockayne as he casts an emerald eye over Dun Darach, the new wan from Gargoyle Games.
32 I Spy ...
Bond is back - as if you hadn't noticed! And now he's making his software debut in Domark's latest game based on the new film, A View to a Kill. The YS spies, Tony Samuels and Ross Holman have decoded the following message.
35 Hacker's Guide
Join the spy who came in from the code - Chris Wood has been doing a bit of espionage on A View to a Kill.
Hardware Features 28 Black Magic Boxes
If you're rarin' to go microdrivin' but you're havin' trouble convertin' your tapes, here are two black boxes that'll help you change your gear. Iolo Davidson takes a look at these drivin' movers.
Interface III(Evesham Micro Centre)
Microdriver(Mirage Microcomputers)
Programming 22 Just a Tick
It may be rude to interrupt but it's certainly dead easy now, 'cos Toni Baker's back with a program that lets you have up to sixteen interrupt routines running at once. You'll wonder how you ever managed before!
(letter), (letter)
36 The 3D 3
In last month's YS, Mike Leaman presented a 3D graphics creator in machine code. He follows up this month with three extras that turn the program into a complete 3D system. There's a turbo-charger for extra smoothness, an on-screen 3D sprite desginer plus the promised conversion to YS MegaBasic. Well, they say that all good things come in threes!
Miscellaneous Features 49 Escape from Castle Rathbone
This is your Commandant speaking. Velcome to Castle Rathbone. Make yourself at home - you are going to be here for a long, long time. No-vun has ever eskaped and no-vun ever vill. Dougie Bern has seen to that!
Reader's Programs 57 Program Power
Ding-dong! Quazzi calling all you computer campanologists. R C Coombs has come up with a game that's as sound as a bell!
Books 11 Paperdata
Winning at the Races Using Your Computer (Interface Publications)
Competitions 17 Kempston Chicane Compo - Grand Prix Competition
If we shout Lauder, you'll get the gist of this grand prix compo. Go on, give it some welly! The race is on! Will you be the first to take the chequered flag in this month's megacompo from Kempston Micro Electronics. It's guaranteed to drive you round the bend!
Odds & Ends 14 YS Softwares
Save £££s on all the newest, brightest Speccy software - exlcusive to all YS readers.
15 Go for Gold & All Time Top 10 Chart
It's the YS Chart Challenge. Are you in the running for a medal?
19 Forum
Pick up your pens and replenish the postbag for the YS letters spot. It's the YS scribblers' spot - and there's a bundle of free software for the sender of this month's Star Letter.
Ha Ha, Very Finny!(P J S Melia)
Pete Picking(Damon (Mastermind) Pass)
Pieces of Eight
Wood Work(Miss J R Wood)
Leonardo - Too Hard?(Richard Hewison)
Unrepeatable Offer(Bob Scurfield)
Klapped-Out Kappa(Christian Techtmeier)
Pseuds Corner(Chris Somerville, alias Chris Winterton)
Inferior Decorating(Paul Clark)
Blackbugs(Trevor P Dutt)
Your *@!@*!!*(C Anne Wilson)
In Yoke(Martin Reid)
The YS Trainspotter Award(R Harries)
43 YS Readers' Survey
Tell us and win a telly! You can win a Sinclair portable TV just by giving us your views on YS. After all, it's Your Spectrum.
60 Input/Output
Get yourself classified in YS - and for free!