Road Runner
You're on the right track with our complete review of Vortex's Highway Encounter. It's just up your street!
Fist Fight
Aaaaiiiieeeyaaahhh! We belt it out with The Way of the Exploding Fist - the blockbuster for budding Bruce Lees.
The Big Bang
Lust + Fear + Love + Faith = an explosive review of Frankie Goes To Hollywood!
Joystick Jury
It's off to Arcadia. Read the rave reviews of Roland's Rat Race, Popeye, The Covenant and check up on the rest.
Kitchen Chaos
What's a cookin'? A great gastronomic game is about to be served. It'll have you begging for more!
Deep space is the place to knock socks off big rocks! Yep, it's a brilliant version of Asteroids.
Your Spectrum

YR.19 cover - Click for the BIG picture

Issue 19, October 1985
- contents -
Second Opinion
Make up your mind right now to type in this program. No second thoughts now!
Sprite High, No Limit
Are your sprites too small? Make 'em big. Like BIG! Then create your own cartoon capers. Are there no limits to this program?
Movin 'n' Groovin
Just how trendy are you? Here are the hottest, hippest graphics routines ever to hit your Speccy!
  • Go for Gold
  • Spectrum Adventures
  • Hack Free Zone
  • Saga Keyboard Compo
  • Frontlines
  • Forum
  • Back Issues
  • Input/Output
  • Subscriptions
  • YS Supersavers
  • YS Softwares
  • YS MegaBasic


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Frontlines 5 No news is good news - except here. All our news is good! Has Maxwell's silver hammer fallen? Are you for the chopper? Have you set your sights on a Gunshot? Will you be completely MUDdled? How magic is Wizard? Whose Zoid are you anyway? Find out in Frontlines!
GunShot joysticks promotion (Vulcan Electronics)
Interface 007 program copier (ZX-Guaranteed)
Masterplug Powerclean (Nu-Way Styli Components)
Mikro-Plus / Shadow of the Unicorn (Mikro-Gen)
TV aerial switcher (Nu-Way Styli Components)
Astroclone (Hewson Consultants)
Ballblazer (Activision)
Blast BASIC compiler (Oxford Computer Systems)
Fairlight (Softek)
Geoff Capes Strong Man (Martech)
Mexico '86 World Cup (UK Gold)
MUD (Multi-User Dungeon) on-line (Firebird)
Nightshade / Pentagram (Ultimate)
The Rats (Five Ways Software)
Starquake (Bubble Bus)
Wizard (Ariolasoft)
Zoids (Martech)
Chopper Patrol competition winners
Copyright Amendment Bill becomes law
Dambusters competion (US Gold)
Frank Bruno's Boxing competion (Elite)
Robert Maxwell pulls out of Sinclair deal
Advice 6 Microdrivin'
Shadow ROM 'Nonsense in BASIC' error when loading non-auto-run program from another, How to resolve the 'unstoppable tape' problem, How to replace loose tape, Some cartridges produced with oxide on wrong side.
11 Hacking Away
Prepare to POKE where you've never POKEd before! Don't hide your hacking hints - hurl them at Andy Pennell ... Airwolf, Planetoids, Booty, Ah Diddums, Orion, Zip Zap, Hidden messages in Warlock of Firetop Mountain and Psytron, Bug Eyes, Fall Guy.
12 From the Hip
Dec/Hex converter in If.1 ROM, Displaying a variable in an INPUT statement, Miner Mania keyboard problems.
14 Hard Facts
Having hassles with your hardware? Steve Adams will rush to the rescue if you tell him your troubles. Write to him at Hard Facts ... Stylus for Sinclair printer, Zeus Assembler and Kempston i/f incompatibility, Loading errors, How to transfer DIMensioned strings to/from Beta disk drive, Connecting Spectrum to video camera, Connecting Brother printer to If.1, Using Dragon keyboard on Spectrum, Fitting ZX81 printer to Spectrum, VTX 5000 modem crashes with If.1.
64 Hack Free Zone
Meet the scourge of the hackers, Hex Loader, with tips a-plenty on Knight Lore. Ger-reat! A big hand for our child of the computer age, Hex Loader who's commandeered the column that beats the cheats. Over to you, Hex ... Dun Darach, Avalon.
Software Reviews 41 Joystick Jury
It's all change again this month as we say goodbye to the irrepressible Roger Willis - you haven't heard the last of him though, you can be sure of that - and welcome Dougie Bern in his place. He joins the other two joystick jurors, Rick Robson and Ross Holman as they pass judgement on all the latest games.
Abu Simbel - Profanation(Gremlin Graphics)36%
Action Biker(Mastertronic)26%
The Covenant(PSS)73%
Dynamite Dan(Mirrorsoft)70%
On the Run(Design Design)63%
Pole Position(Datasoft)76%
Red Arrows(Database Software)60%
Roland's Rat Race(Ocean)80%
Southern Belle(Hewson Consultants)50%
Super Pipeline 2(Taskset)73%
That's the Spirit(The Edge)56%
38 Spectrum Adventures
Give Us A Clue for both hapless and hardened adventurers. Witch's Cauldron, Gremlins, Erik the Viking. Plus a double dose of games reviews. Here are two new offerings from the pioneers of the adventure game. Peter Freebrey checks 'em out to see if they're still ahead of the field.
Mordon's Quest(Melbourne House)
Red Moon(Level 9)
Software Features 17 Fist Fight
Pain is the name of the game. And the game is The Way of the Exploding Fist from Melbourne House. Dougie Bern has been playing it for kicks!
24 The Big Bang
Pssst. Hey, you. Wanna become a hundred per cent real person? NO, this ain't no jibe. Peter Shaw and Louise Cook welcome you to the Pleasuredome to talk it over ...
32 Road Runner
Beep, beep! Vortex's new game, Highway Encounter goes on the road. Join Ross Holman as he follows the Highway code ...
35 Hacker's Guide
There's always someone digging up the road. Well, this time it's Dave Nicholls who's taken the tarmac off and started roadworks on Highway Encounter!
Programming 26 Sprite High, No Limit
Calling all loony tunesmiths! Chris Wood is gonna show you how to create cartoon sized sprites and get 'em moving. Well, he's smarter than the average programmer ...
48 Movin 'n' Groovin
Lights, action, music ... Our own top of the pops programmer, Andy Pennell, has brought to light a spectacular all-action program that'll knock your eyeballs for six. All you have to supply is the music!
Miscellaneous Features 36 Second Opinion
So, you used to be indecisive, but now you're not so sure, eh? Fortunately, Chris Somerville has come to your rescue with a program that'll help you reach some more definite conclusions.
Reader's Programs 52 Program Power
Kitchen Chaos - What's cooking then? It's a high-calorie caper in the kitchen from Christopher Hardy. So, if you're hungry for a great game, this one certainly has the recipe for success!
55 Opportunity Knocks
Macroids - Who's that knocking on the door? It's Stuart Jamieson with an amazing version of the arcade fave, Asteroids. Prepare for piles of fun ...
Books 13 Paperdata
Spectrum Wargaming (Collins)
Competitions 21 Saga Keyboard Compo - 101 Uses ...
There must be 101 uses for a rubber Speccy keyboard. Come up with just one and win a Saga keyboard. There must be a hundred and one uses for a dead Speccy keyboard - well, they're not much cop when it comes to the job they were designed to do. Now's the time to put your thinking caps on and bounce a few ideas in our direction.
Odds & Ends 3 YS Supersavers
Cut the coupons, cut the cost! Save over £80 with these great YS offers.
19 Forum
Hurrgh ... ergh ... it's yer postbag, mate ... eeeghaaah ... Make a postman unhappy! The writing's on the wall. Just peel it off and send it to Forum ... And there's a bundle of free software waiting for this month's Star Letter!
Out Of Our League(D Leitch)
To be Shaw, to be Shaw(G A D Shaw)
Grid Bug(David Roberts)
Le Microdrivin'(Olivier le Roy)
List to Port(Paulo C)
Join the Club(Cathal Curtis)
Bond Aid(Scott Murdoch)
N..N..Nutcase(Ian Fisher)
Drive With Care(W Sawyer)
Check it out ...(Tuhin Goswami)
The YS Trainspotter Award(M Sleight)
22 YS Softwares
You wanna save more money. Then buy your software through YS.
22 Go for Gold & All Time Top 10 Chart
It's the mug-shot slot for YS high scorers! 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.
30 YS MegaBasic
Beef up your Basic with the YS Miracle MegaBasic.