|IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW ...||LOOKING INTO THE GLASS||LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVES|
You've all missed your
chance to dig deep for
Sir Clive and help
refloat the sinking
company. The business
has been struggling since
sales dropped drastically
around Christmas time.
However, Robert Maxwell, The Mirror's generous publisher has
nobly handed over a
cool £12 million to help
pay off the bills!|
Not being one to slink into the background, Mr Moneybags has secured himself the title of Chairman of the board, while Sir Clive is relegated to the position of Life President.
The big question is, what will become of the Sinclair products we know and love? Paul Quade, a Mirror Group spokesman said, "although there are obviously new products in the pipeline, plans cannot be put into action until we've settled the debts and weighed up the pros and cons of existing Sinclair goods." He also let on that Robert Maxwell feels most of Sinclair's babies are good products, and only their marketing let them down. (Does this mean we can expect the tycoon to trade in his Roller for a C5? - Ed.)
The Mirror Group's software arm, Mirrorsoft have not been given their orders yet. If they grow along Sinclair/ Maxwell lines the least we can expect is £££1,000,000 Spectrum Bingo ... and watch Your Spectrum's credits. Could we be seeing something like Editor Robert Maxwell, Deputy Editor, Robert Maxwell ...
Bob Maxwell ... so impressed he bought the company.
Quicksilva's out to
shatter you with the
impressive array of vivid
colour and whizzo 3D
graphics in their latest
simulator game, Glass.|
Now, can you see yourself as a supremo Games Lord? Well this is your objective, and on your way to gathering those vital status points, you'll definitely be
Glass - out to shatter QS's recent run of naff games?
seeing yourself - reflected by the mirror- images on your screen.
There's a real sense of gliding as you zoom through the exotic landscapes of cities and time-tunnels, waiting to fire your mega-missiles, and trying to reserve your energy supply.
Your path is by no means clear as crystal - you'll encounter up to eighty varieties of obstacles and nasties, so keep watching the scanners - your defence isn't all done with mirrors!
Glass should be on view by now, but if you want it and it's not in sight, give Quicksilva a buzz on nn-nnn nnnn.
OK, you can all relax
now, Frankie's about to
hit your screen! Ocean
has finally let the
rampant Holly Johnson
loose in its Frankie Goes to Hollywood extravaganza. You have to
strike a blow for the
philosophy and conquer
the mundane side of life,
points to become '100
per cent person'. Only
then will you be
welcomed to the wonders of the pleasure
dome. And while you're
playing you'll have the
added excitement of
listening to a previously
unreleased, live version
of Relax on audio
Another household hero is making a comeback soon thanks to Ocean. Yes, Daley Thompson's again being put through his paces in another host of sporting events such as cycling, ski-jump and slalom, rowing and tug-of-war. Not all Olympic sports, admittedly, but our Daley's an all-round kind of guy. Daley Thompson's Supertest will be leaving the starting blocks any time now.
If you're more into speed than sounds or sport, then Ocean's Street Hawk could be revving right up your street. If you fancy a spin on one mean machine then take a look at this motorbike game. Frankie and Street Hawk will set you back £8.95 each but you'll be able to duel with Daley for only £6.95. If you're all at sea still, give Ocean a ring on nnn-nnn nnnn.
|STYLE COUNSEL||LIVING LEGENDS||PRETTY POLYPRINT|
If you're a dab hand at
graphics, try creating
them with style, or
rather, real Style, the
latest cassette and interface package from Saga.|
So, what's the tale behind Saga's Style? They claim you'll be designing and creating your graphics much more quickly and easily than ever before. And it's versatile, so you'll find that the interface doubles as a fully Kempston compatible joystick interface.
Saga reckons that Style can successfully be used for educational, business or artistic programs, so if your programs need updating, think Style. Best of all, you won't have to fork out a designer price - £29.95 secures. Saga will tell you the full story on (nnnnn) nnnnn.
The second part of the
Komplex trilogy, called
Komplex City, is shortly
to be released by
Legend. This part's
based on the same 'grab
the sequence of letters
and escape the baddies'
philosophy as its predecessor, but it's rather
niftier on the screen.
You'll also come up
against an even larger
variety of baddies and
obstacles to avoid - or
encounter at your peril.
If you're in the mood
for a headlong 3D dive
into an endless alien
cavern (the usual
address - 14 Rathbone
Place ... Ed), all you'll
need is £9.95.|
Legend has also come up with an idea for recompensing all those of you who weren't exactly enamoured by The Great Space Race. All you have to do, is rip-off (you'll have had some experience of that) the TGSR poster from your wall and send it with a fiver to Legend, xx xxx nnn, xxxxxx xn nxx. In return they'll send you a copy of Komplex.
If you feel that it's time
your printer spoke a few
languages, then the
interface could be the
answer. This device
speaks seven languages
(including the major
Eurospeaks and Tasword!), and enables the
user to print what he
sees without doing a
parrot fashion COPY in
The character generators are in EPROM and a new EPROM with a different selection can easily be programmed using PROMER-SP or BLO-PROM-SP. Specialised character sets, such as Maths, can also be added to the EPROM and a hard copy obtained by a screen dump.
Otherwise, a character font can be down- loaded into the printer to match the screen. Machine code programmers could in fact dump such utilities into the Spectrum's RAM.
If you want to be in on the lingo, you can parler avec Cambridge Microelectronics on (nnnn) nnnnnn.
|P a p e r d a t a||BOBBY SOC'S IT!|
Winning At The Races
Using Your Computer |
by Paul Worden
Interface Publications / £6.95
They're under starter's orders - and they're off! Yes, the race from bookshop to bookies is on. Now, hundreds of hopeful punters will be using their Speccies in a bid to increase the odds in their favour at the races. Of course, the question the big money's asking, is can it be done, and more immediately, does this book show you how?
First though for a confession. I've had a crack at solving the problem this book tackles but without much success. Look at me - reduced to making a bob or two writing for YS. (Hmm, you're even taking a gamble with that! Ed). Well, as an experienced punter himself, the author's 'currently profitable' system sounds like a good enough bet. The trouble is that the details of the wonder system don't actually appear in the book. Instead, you get an outline of the various approaches to the problem but you're still left with the much trickier task of solving it yourself.
So, what have you got to take into account before placing your bets? The author reckons that by considering such variables as the horse's weight, what it had for breakfast, its usual performance and so on, you'll have a better chance of picking the winner - and if not every time, then at least often enough to make a profit. Nothing new in this, you might say. Neither are his traditional points system nor his speed rating method world- shattering revelations.
Each system is clearly explained, which should prove useful to programmers new to horse racing but regular punters are going to be disappointed that no definitive system is recommended.
You're presented with an example program for each of the different systems described and there's also a helpful section on how to input and display data. And the bit I found especially useful was the simulation program that lets you compare the results of past races. I just wish the process for modifying unprofitable methods was described in more detail.
If you're going for a gamble on the gee-gees then this book gives an enjoyable intro to racing systems, but I can't see experienced race-goers finding much help in the programming hints. Paul Worden's system may well be ahead of the field but he's careful not to give too many secrets away, that's for sure. A true mark of confidence and a sure-fire way to shift copies would have been if he'd taped a tenner to the inside cover - I fancy a flutter and I'm willing to try anybody's system if they come up with the cash. Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, as they say!
How d'you rate your
chances as a football
manager? There's a lot
more to it than shooting
from the sixty yard line
- and the penalties of
losing are much more
serious. If you want to
find out how you'd
score, have a go at
Bobby Charlton's Soccer by Dacc Ltd.|
This claims to be so much of a soccer simulation that you'll probably find you've got muddy knees when you leave the pitch ... er, I mean switch off your Speccy! Not only do you have to be a real pro at goal-getting, dribbling and taking kick-offs but you'll also have to shape up your team - moulding their skill, stamina and accuracy till they come up with that cup- winning formula.
You also get to hear his master's voice on the cassette plus all the other footie sound effects - well, not quite all, let's hope.
If you have the talent, you'll also have the chance of taking part in league tables and compos. The game'll cost you £11.95 but there's more than a season's worth of play in it.
Of course, the definitive footie game has yet to be written. Forget about becoming an ace footballer, or a magic manager, how do you join the two Jimmies, Hill and Greaves for their non-stop telly talk- in? Now if you want to suggest that idea to Dacc, you can talk them into it on nnn-nnn nnnn.
As you can see, it's only necessary to type in the lines that
you really need unless you're gonna go for broke with the
210 REM FALL ANY HEIGHT
220 REM WALK THROUGH CRUSHERS
230 REM KILL SOME MONSTERS ON CONTACT
250 REM MOST OF REST OF MONSTERS
260 REM LAST MONSTERS AND WALK ON WATER
270 REM FINISH DATA. THIS IS VITAL
How d'you fancy 249 lives on Mutant Monty. You do?
Well try Paul Emmerson's POKE 54933,0. Scott Waye's
been pretty busy too. For infinite lives on Cavern Fighter
do POKE 31683,0: POKE 31684,0 and for Black Hawk do
POKE 34695,183. If you're a bit fed up with infinite lives,
for River Rescue try POKE 36193 with the number of
scientists you want to put down in one go and POKE 36225
with the number required to get the 5000 point bonus. And
just to round off, Scott's added the 7th level access code
for Sky Ranger - RECAP.|
Now for the undead, Steven Bennett ... perhaps I'd better rephrase that! Steven Bennett's sent in a novel approach to immortality in Zombie Zombie. When you're asked if you want to load in the city, type CHR$ USR 4867 in response (with thanks to Terry Bulfib in issue 14). Next, type STOP to clear the ERR_SP, then edit line 2010 and remove the obvious LET boy=boy-1. You can't get more undead than that!
Back to the infinite lives POKEs with this small routine for Giant's Revenge and Simon Waddington:
Position the tape just after the second loader, immediately
before the SCREEN$, and then RUN the above program.
That'll nobble any thoughts of revenge on the giant's part.