Dam 'n' Blast
Who ya gonna call? Dambusters! The new wartime epic from US Gold goes down a bomb.
Will Meet Again
Guess who's making a comeback? It's Willy's Jet-Setting sequel with more POKEs than you ever thought possible.
Intelligence Test
Are you clever enough to unearth the mole and save the world? Become an office-Bond in The Fourth Protocol.
Bits 'n' Pieces
How many add-ons can you add on to your Speccy? YS hard man, Stephen Adams, surveys the field.
Joystick Jury
We welcome a new face to the winning YS team. Join them for a full five pages of action packed reviews.
This mighty machine code tank attack marks the start of Opportunity Knocks. Don't pass up this chance of typing it in.
Your Spectrum

YR.18 cover - Click for the BIG picture

Issue 18, September 1985
- contents -
Hidden Extras
Discover more commands than you'd ever dreamed of. It's a giveaway!
New ROM Antics
Interface 1 owners, your ROM is revealed. Plus a complete conversion table for all known versions.
The Ghostwriter
Have you always longed to write your own adventures? The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak. Well, almost out of thin air we've produced the perfect DIY adventure designer.
  • Go for Gold
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  • Hack Free Zone
  • Ferguson Sprite Compo
  • Frontlines
  • Forum
  • Program Power
  • Back Issues
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  • Input/Output
  • YS Softwares
  • YS MegaBasic


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Frontlines 3 Full frontal YS news - well, it is page 3! Plus Hacking Away, From the Hip and Hard Facts too! Has Sir Clive been torn off a strip? Does Hewson's new game ring a Belle? Can you Relax in a Frankie T-shirt? Has The Stick got a leg to stand on? Who's made a lunar landing on the level? Will you be able to bear Quicksilva's new Rupert game? Find out here!
CPP40 printer/plotter (Micro Peripherals)
Hypersports control pad (Konami)
The Stick joystick (Lightwave Leisure)
55 compilation (PSS)
Desert Burner (Sparklers / Creative Sparks)
Editor/Assembler special offer (Picturesque)
Forbidden Planet (Design Design)
Frankie goes to Hollywood special offer (Ocean)
The Goonies (US Gold)
International Basketball (Elite)
Juggernaut (CRL)
Red Moon (Level 9)
Rupert the Bear (& the Toymaker's Party) (Quicksilva)
St Crippens (Sparklers / Creative Sparks)
Scooby Doo (Elite)
Southern Belle (Hewson Consultants)
Zorro (US Gold)
Clive Sinclair in Jane comic strip (The Mirror)
Escape from Castle Rathbone winner
Gyron competition winner (Firebird)
Opus Discovery competition winners
Advice 5 Hard Facts
Hair-raising hardware problems? Stephen Adams is the man to put your facts straight. Write to him at Hard Facts ... Hi-Soft assembler and FDS keyboard incompatibility, TVs causing tape loading errors, Using RS232 i/f with EP44 printer, Screen dump to Tandy printer/plotter, Microdrive commands give Nonsense in Basic errors, Microdrive fails with Alphacom printer attached, Spectrum+ upgrade will no longer SAVE reliably, Using Teletext.
11 Hacking Away
Are you into POKEing fun? Then send your hacking hints to Andy Pennell ... Manic Miner, Defenda, Project Future, Ad Astra, Jack and the Beanstalk, Road Racer, Invasion of the Body Snatchas, Chuckie Egg 2, Astro Blaster.
13 From the Hip
Typing in UDGs from program listings, YS MegaBasic / Saga keyboard incompatibility, Writing directly to screen memory.
34 Give Us a Clue
If you're constantly clueless about adventures, keep in touch here. Urban Upstart, Hampstead, System 15000.
64 Hack-Free Zone
No hacks please, we're gamesplayers. Plus the mad, mad world of Spy vs Spy! Gamesplayers! Get back at the hackers. Enter the Zone! Beach Head, Starion, Dun Darach.
Software Reviews 37 Joystick Jury
Have we got some great software lined up for you! But first a surprise - the hairy hacker is taking his annual rest (he calls it that 'cos it usually lasts a year!) so we welcome a new joystick juror to the bench, Rick Robson. Now join the three Rs - Rick, Roger Willis and Ross Holman as they find out where the arcade action is!
Buck Rogers(US Gold)46%
Frank Bruno's Boxing(Elite)66%
Go to Hell(666 Software)40%
Hyper Sports(Konami)80%
Metabolis(Gremlin Graphics)40%
Nick Faldo's Open(Mind Games)53%
One on One(Ariolasoft)46%
Rocco(Gremlin Graphics)66%
Tales of the Arabian Nights(Interceptor Micros)33%
Software Features 22 Will Meet Again
Willy or won't he? Well, someone has, 'cos Miner Willy's back in his major follow-up to his first appearance as a jet setter. Find out what he's up to and fear not for all your old POKEs. Chris Wood, Zareh Johannes and David Smith have hacked away and come up with a complete new set. Jet Set Willy 2.
28 Dam 'n' Blast
Sqd.Ldr. Badger Blenkinsop pushes the starter. The four mighty engines splutter into life. The big Lancaster bomber lurches up the runway and takes off into the night. One of the most daring exploits of the war is about to begin. Now you can join the valiant airmen of 617 Squadron in US Gold's new game Dambusters ... You won't earn your wings back at base - Squadron Leader Ross Holman didn't. He's flown more active missions in Dambusters than anyone else. Prepare for his pre-bomb briefing.
34 Intelligence Test
You can't trust anybody these days - or almost. What with spies, counter spies, double agents, triple agents, it's a relief to find someone you can rely on - Peter Freebrey takes you into The Fourth Protocol the adventure based on Frederick Forsyth's novel. Now it's up to you to find out who's on your side and who's on theirs. But you'll need all your intelligence for the task.
Hardware Features 20 Bits 'n' Pieces
My, how it's grown - almost a MegaSpectrum! Which of these useful little add-ons could you do with on your Speccy? To help you choose, Stephen Adams has done his bit and come up with a piecemeal review of them all.
A/D and D/A boards(EPROM Services)
EPROM blower(Cambridge Microcomputers)
Input and Output ports(various)
MicroSlot(Currah / Dk'Tronics)
Printer interface(various)
RGB monitor adaptor(Adapt Electronics)
Sound board(various)
SP ROM uploader(Cambridge Microcomputers)
VTX 5000 modem(Modem House)
Programming 46 The Ghostwriter
Have you made good your Escape from Castle Rathbone yet? Or are you still haunted by the fiendishly difficult adventure that appeared in last month's YS? Either way you probably never noticed the ghostly presence of the code that created the adventure. Dougie Bern, a shadow of his former self, reveals all ... or nearly all!
51 Hidden Extras
If you reckon you know all there is to know about Z80 machine code, prepare for a shock. As well as the documented instructions, there are over a hundred that have been hidden away. David Jones uncovers them and adds the missing info. Now you really can have your chip with everything!
Miscellaneous Features 27 New ROM Antics
Ever since the new Interface 1 ROMs appeared, there's been a lot of confusion over converting from the old to the new. Well, now Andrew Pennell has come up with the complete ROM service!
Reader's Programs 53 Program Power
Get Organised! - We've pulled out all the stops to bring you this real time organ program, Recorder. Keith Bowden calls the tune!
54 Opportunity Knocks
For Eric Verland, opportunity has knocked. His game Bounzai leads us off on the YS search for six of the best. Now follow that!
Books 6 Paperdata
The Spectrum Shadow ROM Disassembly (Melbourne House)
13 Frontlines
Screen Shot Programming series (Dorling Kindersley)
Competitions 31 Ferguson Sprite Compo - Look Spritely
How'd your programs look on a Ferguson Monitor Colour TV? Design us a prize winning sprite and you could find out. At YS we know your talents are unlimited. Well, now you can prove it. All you have to do is conjure up a small sprite. Easy, eh? And the creator of the best one walks off with the prize of a Ferguson Colour Monitor/TV. Now, that's magic!
Odds & Ends 15 Forum
Was that the postman's knock? It must be your letters! It's the YS scribblers' spot - and there's a bundle of free software for the sender of this month's Star Letter.
Right Burd(Steve Burd)
No Strings Attached(S G Wylie)
Big Shot(Mark Evans)
Alien 'Ater(M Pittman)
Megadrivin'(M D O'Dea)
Worra Star(Barry Blitz)
Star Struck(G A Smith)
Why Us?(Rump Numbrain)
Funny Turn(Colin Dewar)
Run For It(Michael Whale)
Mr Angry(R J Weeks)
The YS Trainspotter Award(Matthew Howell)
18 YS Softwares
If you're after a new game, look here first - and save yourself £££s!
18 Go for Gold & All Time Top 10 Chart
Join the YS gold rush in the search for those elusive medals. On your marks, get set ... Go! The race is now on to find the YS Champion Gamesplayer of the Year. Join the fun and strike out for the YS Games Gold Medal.
32 YS MegaBasic
It's back! The YS Miracle MegaBasic.
60 Input/Output
You'll only get out what you've put in. It's the free YS billboard.