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The OFFICIAL Amstrad Magazine
April 1
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COMPUTER USER AUS 53_95
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Drawing packages compared
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"THE ADVENTURES OF BOND.• ,
BASILDON BOND"
Starring
RUSS ABBOT
Featuring
COOPERMAN, BLUNDERWOMAN, BOND
Under strict and confidential orders from P, who
has been re-named B, to confuse the KGB, Bond
has been assigned to rescue Russ who is being held
captive by a rival comedy act, in the dungeons of
the television studio.
Traps, puzzles, jokes, fight sequences and
famous characters are combined to produce a
funny and slightly hilarious arcade adventure.
Featuring Russ Abbots New Single
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"LETS GO TO THE DISCO"
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Available for the Commodore 64 09.99 Gossett*
and Amstrad 464/664/6128. E13.99 d Jolt
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Soon available for the Spectrum & Amstrad
The most amazing arcade adventure to be
released for the Amstrad is NOW available
for the Spectrum.
Amstrad Action Review — A.A. Rave
Graphics 94% Sonics 75% Grab Factor 85%
Staying Power 89% AA Rating 87%
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Amstrad £9.99 Cassette. £13.99 Disk
Spectrum 48K €8.99
Screen shots from Amstrad version
155 MITCHAM ROAD, LONDON 5W17. Tel: 01-672 9179
Selected titles available from
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CONTENTS II
OFFERs
REGULARS
78 Amstrad User
Special Delivery
Dodgy deals from ACU
5 News
9 Letters
14 Gallup Chart
The offi cial Amstrad Top 20
90 Least Significant Bit
Full list of Amstrad happenings
liEVIEWS
33 Epson FX85
The FX80 was the No. 1 printer,
is this a worthy successor?
FEATURESI
37 In the
picture
Mouse vs Grafpad
vs Rembrandt
17 Animator
Create your own cartoons
26 Goin'
Loco
43 Romboard Rivals
Honeysoft vs Britannia
Alex Martin gets tied
up with strings
29 Adventure column
Mindshow and Lord of the Rings
47 Software
Competition
The great E2,000 Amsoft
shareout
49 Windows
Dick Sargent presents the last
bit of code
54 6-8-4-5 Who do
we appreciate?
One of the most powerful chips
in the Arnold can be used to
generate spectacular effects
61 Games reviews
More reviews than ever before
ABC
III Editorial
The 8256 is a huge
success, but not
everything is perfect
V Living with
Joyce
New features in Locoscript
XIII Who are you?
William Poel examines the
results of the survey in
ABC No. 1
XIX Getting inside
your PCW 8256
How to redefine the
character set
XXIX Competition
Win the full set of Caxton
software
80 Screen flipping
Secret RSXs in Bank Manager.
Making the most of the 664
& 6128 ROM
89 Awards
Who do you think are the best,
the worst, the greatest and the
cleverest?
AMSTRAD
COMPUTER USER
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While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of
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for any mistakes or misprints. The views and opinions
expressed are not necessarily those of Amstrad or
Amsoft but represent the views of our many readers,
owners, members and contributors. We regret that
Amstrad Computer User cannot enter into personal
correspondence.
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Adver ti sement Manager: Jane Nolan
The OFFICIAL magazine for users of Amstrad computers
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SPECTRUM•SINCLAIR QL•COMMODORE 640
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successful Bridge 2 and the new Bridge 3 for the
Spectrum.
Play a CHALLENGING AND REALISTIC game
of Bridge against the computer with exceptionally
strong bidding and play of cards. The Computer
can play as DEFENDER or DECLARER, generates
random hands, and allows proper bidding in the
ACOL system including the Stayman and
Blackwood conventions. Then it takes you On,
playing both your o
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NEW STUNNING TECHNICAL
INNOVATION!
Unique new program by Superchess 3.5
Author Chris Whittington. Brings you all
the playing power of our original Amstrad
Superchess, plus SPEECH and brilliant
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program available only on Amstrad that
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enhanced by the latest developments of
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Beginners to expert levels and classic
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*Analyse mode
*Problem solving
*Large opening library
* Help Menu
*Change colours
*Recommended move
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Never underestimate the brains needed to
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throughout the world. This dynamite
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from beginners level to what Sinclair User
called the Karpov of the Draughts
world'. Complete with strategic hints,
kings and several levels to challenge you.
Easy to learn but plenty to challenge you
in this high-speed version of the great dice
classic. Superb graphics and a very
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you a run for your money. Complete with
rules and tactical hints.
ANY AMSTRAD £8.95
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PCW 8256
NEW
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Superb, colourful fast-action graphics and
sound give this game the feel of a real
arcade pin-table. Realistic launch, flippers,
bumpers, high-score, bonus scores and
freeball features. Be a Wizard!
3-D CLOCK CHESS — E19.95
Written in consultation with International Grandmaster
Jon Speelman (British Chess Champion 1978 and 1985).
Many features plus special Against the clock mode' and
brilliant 3-D Graphics.
8256 BRIDGE PLAYER — E19.95
Sophisticated and realistic Solo Bridge with
powerful Bidding and Play and numerous
other features.
AVAILABLE NOW ON DISC FOB PCW 8256
I thought that a few minutes would suffice,
and then found that a couple of hours had
passed and I was still at it. Excellent. Pinball
Wiz ard it,P, it made"
CRASH MAGAZINE
"A brilliam idea that's totally absorbing and so
addirrove. " YOUR SPECTRUM
"The display is well-designed and coiourfui and
ball movement is very realistic."
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WANTED! Strong and original programs of an intelligent nature for any of
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User News...
City surprised
Amstrad surprised one of the most
conservative organisations in the world,
the City of London, with its figures for
the fi rst half year's trading, Amstrad
Conclusions
Mateo m e m oth m ete to be K ak i aetti, don t wor Tv . well be
mole( it) tk ut A CT; will he dev oting a footplate m ar ina to
•Litniat with Jo yce ' T h e re w o n 't b e t o o m a n y Ye ', I e b lo in t h e
UK thi• year ;m ir th
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the m ar k et Lo 1966 Rem em ber that A r notr ad k er n itand
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Flashback to last October's ACV
made £27.5 million compared with less
than E10 million in the same period last
year.
Most of the profi t was due to the
success of the computer division and
the Joyce (PCW 8256) in particular.
Joyce's impact is even more remarkable
when you consider that it had been on
sale for only two and a half months.
The City had predicted an annual
profit of £35 million, now hurriedly
uprated to E45 million. The effect of the
figures on share prices has been
dramatic. At the beginning of the year
the shares were trading at around
E1,80, a week after the results they
approached £3.50, Amstrad User
predicted a price rise in the October
issue, when the shares stood at 82p. The
Editor just wishes he had taken the
author's advice.
Firebird unleashes
the Empire
CPC 6128 dedicated game
Software houses have been understan-
dably reluctant to write games which
take advantage of the second bank of
RAM in a 6128, as games which use this
memory cannot be run on a 464 or 664.
Alligata have broken with this line and
produced a disc-only game for the 6128
but with a cut-down tape version for 464
owners.
Meltdown uses 170k on disc and all of
the 6128's memory. The layout is
Knightloresque 3D and the extra RAM
is used to store speech, which does not
require any extra hardware.
The game involves a lot of puzzle
solving. To move from one 64 room level
to the next you need to win a
mini-game. The program costs E8_95
for the CPC 464/664 tape and £14.95 for
the full-blown 6128 version.
British Arnold owners can thank the
international nature of the Amstrad
market for adding to the range of
top-notch games available for their
computer,
Empire is the newest game on the
Firebird Gold label. It was initially
planned as a Spectrum and Com-
modore 64 title, to be converted to tly
Amstrad if it sold well enough, However
a large order from Germany has
pursuaded Firebird to reconsider and
an Amstrad version of Empire should
be available at any moment.
Empire is a shoot-em-up in space.
You pilot a ship from solar system to
solar system, landing on planets to
mine them and visiting starbases to
trade or be assigned a mission.
The space sequences are in 2D while
the planet scene uses 311 All the ship's
controls are designed to look like
confirmed the existence of such a
machine they refuse to be drawn on the
details, price and specification.
It is certainly possible to upgrade an
8256 to 512k, although this will
invalidate the guarantee. With so much
RAM it could be expected that the
PCW 8512 would have a second disc
drive, although this is just speculation.
Amstrad are very coy about discuss-
ing new releases, but have confirmed
that the PCW 8256 will not be
discontinued.
The
something out of Flash Gordon_
view is through a porthole and most of
the gauges use liquid levels. The price
has not yet been decided,
PCW 8512 fact
or fiction?
Rumours abound that Amstrad are to
launch an expanded version of the
PCW 8256. Although Amstrad have
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