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CPC 464
/Amstrad's Nail in
the (IL Coffin!
Amstrad's New Computer/
CPC 664 - Facts & Figures
Competitions/
Win - The New CPC 664/
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Win - One of Six Protek Modems/
Win- Software Project's J
et Set
INTO BATTLE!
With 'Fighter Pilot' - The Best
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SOFT-5006
Issue 6 May 1985
REGULARS
News
What 's happening in theAmstrad world
Letters
You write. We print
Questions and Answers
Amsoft's technical department answers your cries for help
Software Reviews
Our independent software review team rates the available software
00PS!
We admit our misteaks.
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REVIEWS
The 864!
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Ivor Spital takes a close look at the new Amstrad Computer
Prestel
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.1 0 n Wh o We v• Cin e tt..
What does the BT database have to offer?
Gems from Gemini
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Simon Williams looks at some practical software,
Modem Review
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The Protek Modem 1 200 uncler inspection
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Managing Editor
William Pod
Editor
Simon Rockman
Production Editor
Ivor Spital
Designer and illustrator
John Alexander
Layout
Des Rack liff
Mike Smith
Computer composition
Mike 1)owsett & Mi§ a Konstantinovid
Photography
Chris Anstey
Consultant
Roland Perry
Advertisement Manager
Hilary Henshaw
FEATURES
Real Time Clock
The second part of our hardware project
Graphics Toolkit
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Some neat little routines to perk up your programs.
Electric Dreamers
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An interview with the people who created Sorcery
The Musical Amstrad Pt III
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Jeremy Vine goes classical.
Roland's Diary
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How to simulate relative files from BASIC
How to use 5 14 inch discs
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David Robinson looks at the pitfalls.
Forth
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Part M of our series by David Ellis.
Amstrad in Education
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Why the CPC is unbeatable in the schools.
Beginning Machine code
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Part 11, real sprites
PROGRAMS
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Cargo King
Machine code and BASIC mega-listing
I COMPETITIONS
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Amsoft £2000 Software Competition
Who won what, why, and how to enter
WIN A CPC884
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Read this mag careful4/ arid find the clues
Jet Set Willy Competition
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Win one of 100 copies
Protek Modem Competition
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Budding hackers step this way.
Amstrad User is the OFFICIAL magazine for users of the Amstrad CPC464and CPC864. It
is published monthly, the next issue will be an sale from May 11 th 1985. Back issues are
available from Amsaft Mail Order at El .20 each (including postage).
Amstrad User. 189 Kings Road,
Brentwood, Essex, CM 14 4EF
Telephone (0277)230222.
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Can you destroy the reactor before the reactor destroys
the world?
Only if you can blast through brick walk, mazes
and strong rooms, dodge moving obstacles and
overcome hoards of fiendish mutants first.
To carry out this 'mission impossible you have just
one weapon. Android One.
Sophisticated animation, full sound effects and hi-res
colour graphics in a game that's setting explosive standards.
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NEWS
NEWS
Dodgy dealer
Play the Game
Are you a budding 'Arfer Daley'. If so
you should be interested in Minder
from DK 'Tronics. This is a simulation
with adventure type input and output.
There are two graphics windows, one of
svhich shows the faces of the people you
meet and have to trade with. Part of the
attraction of this program is the
interesting items you deal in. All the
people you meet have a personality and
will react to the way that you treat
them. The game is played in real time,
the 14 days trading takes less than 1
hour to play.
A booklet of documentation gives hints
on bargaining plus keywords. The
author, Don Priestley, points out that
this is not an adventure although the
input is text; it is a game of strategy
which CAN be finished. Minder will
cost you E9.95 or about ten nicker)!
In the world of the Sinclair Spectrum,
one name stands out - 'Ultimate'. This
is a software house with a reputation
and a half. They shy away from
publicity and no-one knows who the
programmers are. If anyone else tried
this, they would die from lack of sales.
Ultimate prosper because they produce
the most mind-blowing software. Both
technically brilliant and fun to play,
the graphics are second to none and the
programming superb. If all this
hyperbole sounds a bit much, wait
until you see NIGHTLORE, a 3D
graphics adventure. It was a
tremendous success on the Spectrum
and is bound to be our game of the
month for next month. The program
will cost 0.95. Amstrad User will
carry a full review plus a competition
to win a Sinclair C5 electric thingy.
Arnor put in ROM
The Arnor Maxam assembler is now
available in sideways RONI.One of the
features of the CPC464 which has been
overlooked until now is the ability to
add sideways ROMs. These are
programs which just plug into the back
of the computer on the disc connector
(or EXPANSION port on the CPC6641.
They don't have to be loaded and can be
ignored by a BASIC or machine code
program. When you want to use the
program you simply type tMAXAM. If
you need to know which ROMs you
have attached, you simply type tHELP
with the Amor ROM board attached,
and it will tell you. With the MA XAM
assembler, the unit costs E59.90.
Initially this may seem a lot, but when
you look at the alternatives it really is
very cheap. The documentation is very
good and the construction is solid. The
device is disc compatible and has a
socket to allow further ROMs to be
added.
Jet Set Willy arrives
Amstrad Computer
User
It has been a long time coming, but Jet
Set Willy is finally here. After many
joystick wrenching games well into the
small hours, Amstrad User can report
that it was worth waiting for. With 133
rooms it took our most hardened games
player nearly a week to find them all,
and that was only after he had got the
game onto disc and found the infinite
lives' poke. Expect as full a map as we
can squeeze into our pages next month.
The big news this month is the CPC664
-there is a full review on page 42.
Because we want to write about this
new machine we considered changing
the name of the magazine to 'Amstrad
CPC464 and CPC664 User' but decided
that the way Amstrad are going, we
could soon run out of room on the cover.
Instead we have decided to drop the
name of the machine and simply
become Amstrad Computer User. To
avoid any confusion this will start with
issue 7 and be available from May 9th,
Amstrad find a voice
Amstrad are to launch a speech
synthesiser for the CPC464. To be
called the SSA-1 the device looks a lot
like the disc interface box, and plugs
into the disc interface port. The styling
of the speakers is a little odd. They are
wedge-like and made of the same kind
of plastic as the computer's casing.
Each speaker carries the Amstrad logo.
As with any bit of computer hardware
the SSA-1 requires software to make it
useful. The software in this case comes
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Regular Frankle Fan
The Amstrad version of The Rocky
Horror Show' will be launched on May
1st. Although still a long way from
completion, Amstrad User got a sneak
preview of a demonstration version
Your task is to rescue your partner
from the clutches of the dreaded Dr.
Frankenfurter. You do this with the
aid of the de-Medusa ray which has to
be assembled from parts which can be
found all over the house. Fans of the
cult stage-show will recognize all the
usual characters. Perhaps the game
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Unlike the disc interface, the SSA-1
has a slot in the back so that other
peripherals can be added on. Launched
on April 18th the SSA-1 will be
available in June. Amstrad user hopes
to review this E29.95 peripheral before
then.
;
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will increase the size of the audiences
at the Baker Street cinema, which has
run the film every night for years.
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