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VIRGIN GAMES
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JAMES CLAVELL'S
THE GAME...
Set in 1600, in around 130 screens of beautiful Japanese landscape, you must live
out the political struggles of the times in this innovative and sophisticated arcade
adventure with icon driven commands.
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Please make cheques and postal orders to Virgin Games Limited and
post to the address below. Please do not post money.
Virgin Games Ltd, 2/4 Vernon Yard. 119 Portobello Road, London W11 2DX
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REGULARS
REVIEWS
5 News
13 Letters
92 Gallup and Readers'
charts
102 Least Significant Bit
73 Games
Turbo Esprit, Equinox, Starquake, Bomb
Jack, Fairlight, Tank Command, Movie
and Tomahawk
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III Editorial
Data protection which falls
short and goes too far
V Write hand man
FEATURES t
17 Hackers
Haunt
More POKEs, hints and fun things to do
25 Round the Houses
Some hot gossip from the software houses
26 Amsclair
How to load the Spectrum screens into
your Amstrad
39 Adventure column
Bill Brock looks at the latest releases
An invaluable utility for every CP/M user
IX Two fingers typing
course
lansyst versus Touch 'n Go typing
tutor test
XIII ABC Forum
Your views aired and problems answered
XVI Financial planning
David Laing explains simple accounts
XVIII Advanced locoscript
for beginners
Part more help from Pete, Eddie
and Julie
43 Oasis by the seaside
The programmers who make Oceans
Laser Genius look so good
50 Who Dares Wins II
A map of the enemy terrain
53 Activision
A software house with a lot up its sleeve
56 Palace software
The pumpkin strikes back. Jeremy
Spencer checks out Cauldron II
70 Amdrum comp
Win an Amdrum and annoy your neighbours
XXI Case study Part II
Dr Edwards chooses his database
XXVI I Learn by tape
NewWord — a teacher in your cassette
deck
XXXII GSX — the final
frontier
How to get the most from GSX Part III
XLI Introduction to
accounts
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36 Goin' Loco
Write a database
46 Battle of the cars
A short and sweet listing from Mark Edmunds
61 Space Mania
Part two of our super arcade game
XLV Question time
Help us with our survey
CP/M Comms
Roy Smith hooks his Joyce up to the
world
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EVERY WILD IMAGINATION NEEDS
A LITTLE SELF CONTROL.
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Isn't it about time you trapped an AMX Mouse?
The AMX Mouse package costs only £6995 and includes AMX
Art and AMX Control which allows you to create a Mouse Environment
in your own programs. Software is supplied on cassette and 3" disc
and a fully illustrated operating manual is olso included.
This superb package is available_from all good computer dealers
or direct, using the FREEPOST order form below.
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As an Amstrad CPC user, you enjoy some pretty sophisticated
equipment
So it's a pity if you are still missing that sophisticated, positive
control your equipment deserves.
There's not much joy in a joystick, and keyboards can be all
fingers and thumbs. Frustrating, especially when your imagination is
much faster than your fingers!
What you need is an AMX Mouse.
Already thousands of Amstrad users have adopted an AMX
Mouse and wouldn't be without it
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We didn't claim it was the
best input device'. The press
said it for us.
In fact it has received
outstanding critical acclaim,
and no wonder!
The AMX Mouse brings to
Amstrad users, the same freedom
and versatility which has, up to now, been
the exclusive province of much more
expensive computers.
In fact, it's no surprise that nearly all the new
16 bit 'State of the Art' computers now come with a
Mouse as standard. Proof, if proof were needed, that
the Mouse is here to stay.
The AMS range of Mouse software includes, AMX Art, AMX
Utilities £19.95 (Disc), AMX Pagemaker E49.95 (Disc), AMX 3D
Zioon E24.95 (Disc).
There is also a growing list of programs available from other
leading software houses, which utilize the Mouse, including, Art
Studio from British Telecom's Rain bird software collection. Mini Office
II from Database and Electric Studio, many more titles will be
available soon.
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Board ferry, cross
Channel, sell games
Official upgrades for Joyce
Recent months have seen several titles
cross the Channel from France and
appear in our shops. The Amstrad is
France's best selling computer and there
are a couple of very good games
companies writing software for the
French market. Among the games we
have seen are Le 5eme Axe, Get Dexter
and Domesday Blues.
We've just heard that a new graphical
adventure game will be available in July.
Called Mandragore, the program has
been wrritten by one of the leading French
software houses, Infogrames. Man-
dragore is a 260k adventure split over two
cassettes, also available on disc. The
game can be played by up to four players,
with each player taking on the control of
a character.
As with all good adventures there is a
quest which must be completed. The
mystery of King Jorian must be solved
and various other problems worked out.
Mangragore costs E14.95 and will be
available mid-July.
Amstrad has just announced that it will
now be possible to get a memory upgrade
for your PCW8256. Previously, 8256
users upgrading the machine to 5I2k
have had to invalidate their guarantee to
fit the extra chips.
Dictaphone, the company which fi ts
second disc drives, will send round an
engineer to fit the memory chips to your
machine and your guarantee will not be
affected. The cost is likely to be
E64.50,-VAT and can be done at the
same time as having a second drive
fitted.
For more details phone Dictaphone on
0926 38311 and ask for the hot line.
Great news for
non stick owners
Go for it!
If you still can't make up your mind
which joystick to buy, despite reading
our mega-review in the May issue, you
may be interested to know that there are
two new joysticks available.
The Fantastic III is a low cost joystick
at only E6.95. It is a hold in the hand style
unit with two fire buttons for left and
right-handed play.
The second is the Quickshot II Plus.
This is similar to the original QSII hut
incorporates microswitches. The Plus
retails for E12.95.
Both joysticks have an auto-fi re
control, which has caused problems with
joysticks in the past.
For more information telephone Palen
Electronics on 01-368 1276.
and unofficial upgrades
You can also get a complete upgrade
from Citadel Products. Citadel are
offering a DIY upgrade kit including
drive and chips for .E189.95 inclusive of
VAT and carriage. This will invalidate
your guarantee. If you don't feel
competent to fi t the drive yourself,
Citadel can give you details of a local
dealer to fit. it for you. For details phone
01-951 1848.
fordshire, and Mike Scott of Marlow,
Buckinghamshire. All the runners up
will receive copies of Touch'n'Go.
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Caxton winners
US Gold has announced a football game
devised especially for the 1986 World
Cup. Now if you had a Spectrum or a
Commodore 64, the chances are that you
wouldn't be able to play it because
somebody else is using the telly to watch
the World Cup. But as you've got an
Amstrad, you'll he able to watch and
play at the same time.
Lots of goodies are promised with the
game like a -poster, stickers, a sew-on
patch and a competition - so it doesn't
sound as if the game's much good, does
it?
Price is E9.95 tape and E14.95 disc.
ACV is pleased to announce the winners
of the April Caxton software competi-
tion.
First correct entry out of the box was
from Mr J.S., Duncan of Peebles,
Scotland who wins a copy of Cardbox,
Scratchpad Plus. Brainstorm,
Touch'n'Go and Smartkey. That lot
should keep him busy for a whilel
The runners up were S. Morrell of
Upper Stratton, Swindon, Wiltshire, H.
Flynn of Birtley. Chester-le-Street, Co.
Durham, T. Allsop of Wimbledon,
London SW19, Phil Chapman of
Stewkley, near Leighton Buzzard, Bed-
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Amstrad User July 86
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