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Gal moving and grooving with Tecttncian Ted (Hewwn)l Virus (Sifvertwd)! Egghead 2

(Powertape)! Stnjnken (Powertape)1 ST

Dragon demo (Storm) I and a game busting dote of Ptrtemarva1

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Here's one of Hewson's most successful games — Technician Ted. This • legendary platform game won awesome ratings when first reviewed! It is, indeed, a scintillating Smash! It's a mega game to get you swinging for Christmasl!

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factory, and a lift room allows access to other floors; although holes in the floors and ceilings also link between screens. There are no lives as such but a long purple energy bar slowly recedes across the screen each time you lose a life, tt happens a lot because there's a horde of patrolling enemies around! Lose all your energy and you get the boot from your boss!

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Ted's controlled using either a joystick or keys. Joystick junkies will need a Kempston, Sinclair, or Protek interface, and for keyboard players the controls are: 0 , 0 , 5 or 6/left. W,P,7 or 8/right, any key on the bottom row, 9 or O/jump, A,S,D,F, or G/pause and BREAK/quit.

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It's ten months since the first Egghead game • appeared on the Powertape label, and due to overwhelming popular demand, programmer Jonathan Cauldwell has brought the little fella back to life in a smashing game that's bigger, better and harder than the original — and that's no yoke! Haw! Haw!

• Blasting an infected world in 3 D f r o m S i l v e r b l r d Sitverbird is back in business! Yes, the budget software house, once • owned by British Tetecom, has found a new home with a company called Tudor Enterprises, and they're resurrecting the label with a host of games coming soon. To celebrate the phoenixlike actions of the label here's a smashing game from Silverbird's back catalogue, originally released in 1988. Let's play Vlrusi

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• Jonathan Caudwtlll The mastermind behind Egghead! release your chums! The castle is patrolled by a myriad of the scientist's potty inventions that went wrong — don't touch any of them or you'll lose a life! Lives are also lost if Egghead falls too far — eggs are delicate y'know! Egghead 2 is great fun. and rf you'd like to write to Jonathan you v can find his address at the end of the scrolling message at the top of the options screen.

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gghead's mates have been captured by a mad scientist and locked away in his hazard-filled castle! It's Egghead to (he rescue as he breaks into the fortress and attempts to save their lives! . The objective on each level is to run round the screens collecting all the keys in sight. It's not easy, some appear impossible to reach. However, making clever use of the platforms, stairs, other objects and careful positioning, Egghead can get every key. When all the keys are collected find the prison cell and

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he country's been invaded by waves of hostile alien spaceships. Instead of attacking military installations they're polluting the landscape with a red virus which kills all lifeforms. Determined to counter this devastating threat, a brave pilot takes to his Hoverplane, a futuristic flying machine equipped with the latest technology: long-range scanner; laser cannon; and a limited supply of smart bombs (used to destroy any aliens on the screen). The long-range scanner — top left corner — shows the enemy ships' positions in relation to the Hoverplane. Gauges above the main playing area display the amount of fuel remaining and the plane's altitude. Extra fuel can be obtained by landing at home base. The Hoverplane is controlled by thrusting the engines and rotating the craft. At high altitudes, the fuel supply is automatically cut off and the plane drops rapidly towards the ground. You move, helicopter-style, by dipping the plane's nose and thrusting. During play, a map of the land can be displayed, showing polluted areas in red. All enemy ships in the attack wave must be destroyed before the whole map turns red. Each wave contains many different aliens but all with the same object of destroying the Hoverplane. An extra Hoverplane and smart bomb are awarded every 5000 points.

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CONTROLS Keys are Q/up, A/down, O/left, P/right and SPACE/fire. Sinclair joystick works too!

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Small Craft Warning. Climb aboard an authentically detailed river patrol boat (PBR) and get a lst-person perspective from 4 battle stations.

The fastest, most agile arsenal ever to turn 29 knots up a jungle river.

Uncoil twin M60 machine guns and grenade launchers on renegade Viet Cong, Panamanian rehcls and the murderous Colombian drug cartel.

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across 100 screens of action, destroying large objects with your missile and smaller opponents with your gun. From the third level onwards teleporters take you from one point on the screen to the other teleporter on the same screen. To activate a teleporter get inside and kneel down. You can teleport a maximum of five times.

CAN I CONTROL IT? Shuriken! Haw! Haw (geddit?!!)! Keys are Q/up, A/down, O/right, l/left, P/fire gun, and SPACE/fire missiles. A joystick option is available, details on screen.

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* He's the most fun-laving of all the Turtles! * He has a gentle but mischievous nature and is always playing practical iokes on his chums! * He lows comic books and science fiction! * He's the real pizza addict and loves going to the movies — his rave films are E.T. and Critters! * He reckons the other Turtles are too serious, but spends most of his time larking about with Raphael! * He doesn't always train as hard as he

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• GAZZA! Rivalling the Turtles in the popularity stakes is madcap soccer star Paul 'Gazza' Goscoigne and he's back on the Speccy soon with a new all-oction footy game called Gazza1 from Empire It's not an update of Empire's Gazza's Super Soccer from lost Christmas but a brand new production that promises to take playability into a new league! Pockea with arcade action, the pitch is viewed from overhead and scrolls left to right as you take control of Gazzo belting up and down the pitch at a blisteringiy fast rote. Don't worry if you reckon you're not up to Gazza's standard — Gazza! has

nine skill levels (from Sunday league to International) to pick from, ana your mate can join in the oction using the two-player option. Other game features include an overlaid miniscanner of the pitch showing the players' positions, variable strength shots, corners, free kicks, tackjing, penalties, throw-ins, goal kicks and more! The programming team. Active Minds, have taken o good look ot all the other footy games out there and reckon Gazza! is going to beat the lot! With a simple control method and very fast action, it could be a World Cup winner — find out the results next month!

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the exterminator's hands as he shoots, grabs and pounds the opposition into submission. The playing screen is viewed in a vertical fashion with you looking up the screen at the opposite wall There ore five rooms per nouse (kitchen, basement, bedroom, garage and attic), and you move from room to room by destroying all the opposition It's o stronge game and no mistake T o

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• LINE OF FIRE A massive hi! in the arcades and now bursting onto your home computer, it's Sega s Line Of Fire out from US Gold soon Your mission is to sneak into the high security camp belonging to a group of Middle Eastern terrorists and snatch their new weapon — the Ropier high velocity rapid fire machine gun This is not going to be easy, but getting ba< back out or and returning the qun gun to base will verge

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on the impossible! You take control of a high speed powerboat, a jeep, an aircraft and a helicopter, all portrayed in realistic 3D graphics, the many scenarios you have to battle through include a canyon, jungle, desert and the white water rapids, clutching the all important Ropier gun to blast the enemies away.

smoking remains afterwards There are 28 levels (though some of them have severol exits), and plenty of denizens who object to your presence Robo starts the game with a standard blaster for defence, but when he shoots the metal birds, gems are often left behind. Collect these for power-ups that include three- way and five-way lasers, missiles, the ability to fly and speed ups Expect Atomic Robo Kid on your screens in the new year.

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UNDERNEATH THIS COMPUTER IS AN ARCADE FIGHTING TO GET OUT.

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G.A.M.E.S. seem te.be going Initial C.R.A.Z.Y. — have you noticed? Have a nice X.W.A. and don't miss the first previews ffor 1 9 9 1 in your January blast off C.R.A.S.H.!


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Each of the Fred disks includes demos, screens, hints and tips on the latest games and letters from users. The best of the disks is Fred 3. This includes an hilarious 'Pythonesque' demo from Zenith Graphics where a head grows feet and jumps off o conveyor belt to have various adventures. Brilliant. The regular review section on the disk is easy to use and even includes screen shots of some of the games. You con wizz through the menus looking for the piece you want with the simple forward screen, back screen controls. Fred is on non-profit making disk magazine and ifs out in the first week of every month from,.. Colin MacDonald, 4 0 Roundyhill, Monifieth, Dundee, DD5 3RZ for only

The Fred disk magazine is one of the most professionoU've seen. High quality presentation coupled with an easy to use menu system and informative writing makes it really enjoyable. Currently on issue five, there hos been a marked improvement from disk to disk. Colin MocDonald, the Freditor along with the various ortists and demo writers has changed Fred from having just o basic text menu on issue one to full colour menu screens and excellent drawings on the latest disk.

The first thing to hit you when you load up SAM Disk is the excellent presentation. Each of the menu screens has a really good headline drawn by Steven Picasso' Pick, the editor. Its just a pity the loading system isn t as enjoyable: each time it loads up the main menu section it asks for the drive number to be inputed, this gets annoying. Issue one or SAM Disk isn't exactly packed full of material, most of the sections are just pleas for people to

* Get a copy of SAM Supplement and you too could be playing this interesting game from the author of Mind Games I — you lucky people! send in stuff for inclusion on a future disk, — understandable enough. The Flash! pictures on the disk include mock up loading screens for Midniqht Resistance, Rainbow Islands ond Head Over Heels, they're all pretty good. Other features of SAM Disk 1 are lists of SAM compatible Spectrum games, an adventure gome and basic demos.

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SAM Supplement includes some great screens and utilities, they're ius' presented in a boring borir way. All the text pages are just plain old block on white with tiny writing thafs heil to reod. Another annoyonce is the animated curtain opening sequence that greets you when you lood jp. It's just about bearable the first tims but when you've to re-load over ard over again, you'd better have somehing hord to bite! At the heart of the disk ore some excellent utilities and screenshors.1 Issue one includes a disk utility. It copies, hides and erases files. The programs on He disk would be a great help to buddhg programmers too, they include such things as a program varioble li.ter ana sound effects for use in yotr own games. SAM Supplement is aimed a (he programmer more than the gereral SAM user. Don't expect fun presentation and ioily tunes betouse you just won't find them. It's aviiloble from... SAM Supplement, B.D. Mumford, 57 St. Saviours Roaj, West Croydon, Surrey, CRO 2J€ for £1.50 per bi-monthly issue or !x issues (or £8.00. Members of lie Spectrum Discovery club can g<l it free if ihtfy send a disk.

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You can tell everyone's gearing up for Christmas because there are Easter Eggs in the local supermarket and you can get Soaraway Spanish Summer Savers for 1991' in the holiday shop. The festive spirit, eh? Well, from me to you, a very Merry Christmas. I know I'll be back with you before the holidays, but I'll be wittering about 1991 then. So what has the CRASH team got lined up for Christmas? Well, the Christmas party is on the horizon and we'll be drinking your health because it's you lot, the readers, which made 1990 one of CRASH'S most successful years: 12,000 more monthly readers than 1989!) Worth celebrating!! We'll be back next month, everyone but me with a stinking hangover, with more Speccy thrills. In the meantime get your letters to me at: NEWSFIELD, LLOYD M A N G R A M S FORUM, CRASH, LUDLOW, SHROPSHIRE SY8 1JW. The best letter wins the writer £40 of software!

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Dear Lloyd I can't hold back much longer as I am starting to get very worried at the tremendoiB increase in the cost of full priced games. It used to be normal to pay £5.99 for a game, then it went up to £6.99, then £7.99. and then £8.99. Now it stands at £999 (£10.99 games are appearing more and more —LM), with disk games. £14.99. This is a rise oi £4.00 over 3 or 4 years. Surely, i: doesn't cost a software house nearly £10 to produce a game from start to finish, and why the gap of £5 between disk and tape? I also notice a large decline in the amount of Speccy games in the high street. Though the amount of budget re-releases coming out is increasing all the time and it's a great way of saving money iand all are great value. Some of the budgets are better than the full priced games. Finally the ccover games are great. I mean, {four complete games plus a nnag, all for £1.85! It's well wicked' CRASH is in a league of its ov/vn as other mags can't even get tone good game on their covers! Malcolm Dunknp. Langholm DG13 0AW Of course Specccy games have become more (expensive over the years. You i wouldn't expect people involveed in producing software to be; happy working today for the ssame wages they were getting fifive years ago? Even budget ggames have risen in cost over thne years from a 99p/£1.99 pricee point to £2.99 today, and a loot of publishers are considering a r new £3.99 price point. Do remeember: it's not the software housees who are making £10 forar every game — distributors annd retailers take a hefty cut of theie price too! You're right about buadget software. The quality of <f original games has improved t. tremendously over the years s and with superb re-releases aroround, buying budget softwarare is a great way to build up yoiour software collection. As is is buying CRASH every month! V Why not subscribe? At o only £18 for 12

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Dear Mr Mangram I am not at all happy with the stuff being put out for Spectrum computers. It's samey and frequently boring. We can't help the graphics, and of course there is only so much you can cram into the humble Spectrum program,

| games which cater for us older but it seems to me there's a lack of inspiration running throughout folk. It's my fear that the likes of the Speccy will be less and less most new games. catered for as programmers flex I also feel — speaking as an their talents on the challenge of adult — that there's too much bigger machines. accent on the occult and on Pat Reeve, Petersfield, Hants. violence. I would like to see more really good puzzle-type games — those that are around do not The Spectrum market is very seem to have enough variation, much a youth one now, which is every level being pretty much the j why there are many more same as what went before. games licensed from coin-ops and hit movies; though at least I would like to see real-life with film licenses you are situations such as you deal with I getting an original game design. m Elite, and I would like to see

The software publishers reckon the older gamer, who was playing Elite five years ago it earning a wage now and therefore can afford the £40016bit machines where simulations and strategy games abound. Though puzzle games are in vogue at the moment and Ocean's trio of Plotting, Puzznic and Pang are well worth checking out. LM WHO'S

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Dear Lloyd My friend and I asked 10 people in our class at school what the a favourite games publisher was. Seven said Ocean New Zealand Story is my favourite game, and two other people in my class think so too. The problem is. on the Amiga there are secret passages and I can't find any on the Speccy version and the time demon gets me for staying too long in one place. Beth Waters, Laughton E.Sussex Ocean always has been a popular publisher — but is that everyone's view? We'll be asking all of you that next month as we print the voting form for the 1990 CRASH Readers Awards! As for secret passages in New Zealand Story, DJ Nicko reckons there are some, and you should check out the tips from issues 70,71 and 72. LM

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Dear Lloyd I've just purchased a secondhand 48K Speccy and then realised that the 48K was not on sale now. Is this true? If it is does this mean that no more software is to be manufactured for the 48K? Duncan Lyall. Dunblane FK15 9AT. Amstrad, the Speccy's manufacturer, only supplies the +2 now. Production of the diskbased +3 has stopped. But there are a lot of 48K machines out there and nearly all software publishers put out games that run on the 48K. Though, because of the ever increasing need for complexity in games, I expect

1 EX-FRIEND! Dear Lloyd I totally agree with what John Quinn had to say in issue 78 about piracy. A few months ago an ex-friend of mine received a Speccy+2 for his birthday and a few days later he approached me with some 90 minute tapes and told me it was my moral duty to give him a copy of all my Speccy games, which cost me in excess of £500.1 refused and he hasn't spoken to me since. The pnce of software here in Eire is very expensive. In the software store nearby The In Crowd costs £27.99 and Vendetta and Midnight Resistance cost £18.99 a piece. These prices axe outrageous, no wonder software sales are so low and piracy levels so high! Daniel Nagle, Clonakilty Co.Cork You were quite right to refuse. Your ex-friend would not only be robbing the programmers and publishers but also robbing your collection of its value. Software prices are expensive in Eire but why not use CRASH'S very own efficient mail order service? We can supply any recently published game at a discount price! Give mail order queen Carol Kinsey a ring on 0584 875851 for details! And Carol will be in contact soon as you have just won £40 worth of software from her vaults for your Letter of the Month! LM

that during 1991 we'll see a lot of 128K only software. LM TAPE TO TAPE

Dear Lloyd 11 read issue 78 and agree with John Quinn. But 1 think the software houses are fighting a losing battle. How would they know who is copying? One way to stop them would be to stop making, and importing, double cassette decks, as having these is like asking for piracy. Tony Goodchild, Colchester COG 4QA. The chances of preventing the manufacture of double cassette decks are remote. But the solution the software publishers have come up with is to release games on a cartridge format. This isn't happening on the Spectrum, but both Commodore and Amstrad have released new consoles which take only cartridges, which cannot be copied, and Commodore's cartridges work on the old Commodore 64 too. Speccy games will, as always, be released on tape which, sadly, leaves them open to tape-totape piracy. LM HACKING

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Dear Lloyd Picture the scene: me, an avid shoot-'em-up fan getting really fed up because a) I can't get past the fourth level on R-Type (even though I can get there without losing a life) and b) all my other shoot-'em-up games are too easy! (modest me). Then I bought my favourite magazine CRASH (creep, creep) and read what it said about Satcom. With me being a shoot-'em-up fan I thought Aghhh!!!'. But I loaded it up anyway, just to try it. At first I thought it was boredom city, but after two hours of code busting action I was converted. No longer was I a shoot-'em-up fan but a code cracking game fan! The moral of this letter is to try out different game styles: you never know what you might like! CRASH forever! Stewart Walker, Solihull B92 8SR

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- 1Il1 I1 '-» Golta high scorn? Wo wpnt t J know about it! This is H you can announce your high score to the Speccy univ month we'll he pulling a name from the Hi-fire hat end awarding the lucky scorer $40 worth of software!! So, ;md get yourself a high score and send It. with a photo possible, to: NEWSFIELD: HI-FIRE, CRASH, LUD SHROPSHIRE SYS 1JW!I TALKING MEDZ 30730000 Stephen House mans, Whitehaven, Cumbria 27788000 Carole Johnson, Eastbourne BN22 8UF 23994000 Robert Shaw. Bridlington X016 4NL 23188000 Gerard Danks. Exeter EX2 SUN 21768000 Matthew Cattey. Ely CB6 1DD STAR RAIDERS 100500 Ken Bane. Plymouth PL5 2SJ KNDUitO RACER 2373940 Alasdair MacLeod. Isle ot Lewis PA872YR tXOLON 9999999 Ken Bane. Plymouth PL5 2SJ SOLARIS 11334000 Carole Johnson. Eastbourne BN22 8UF 3853000 Sarah Sam ways, Swanage BH19 20W 3375000 Matthew Smith. Burton-on-Trent DE12 7EY R O M S JACK 236950 Carl Kirsopp. Great Sutton L66 4HS C H A S I HO 8159656 Darnel Nagle, Ctonakilty, Co.Cork 5281639 Jack Steven. Darrel KA17 0BG STARWARS 1968490 Daniel Nagle. Cfonakttty, Co.Cork SKAT1N' USA 34350 Ryan Lewis. Southport PR8 40L RETURN OF TH1 JKDI 156232 Jack Steven, Darrel KA17 OBG PACMANIA 216810 Glenn Wilhams, Workington CA24

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Ken Bane from Plymouth got hi-fire highscores on Exolon and Star Raiders but reckons it was pure luck! Ken wms £40 ot software for having such crusty old games'

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SUPER STUNT M A N 74990 Ryan Lewis. Southport PR8 4DL DEFENDERS OF THE RARTH 111700 Cat Roberts, Scarborough N.Yorks 75700 S Brtlington, Middtelon M24 1TH OLU A USSA 3 65310 S Biflington. Middleton M24 1TH AFTERBURNER 14688600 Douglas Chrystie, Banbury OX18 7UD 5858110 Mark Smith. Ipswich IP3 9 U RINKOAOI 205500 Anthony Andrews, Bromley BR2 8AD S P Y HUNTER 163870 Douglas Chrystie. Banbury 0X16 7UD RAINBOW ISLANDS 14787981 Shane Glover, Doncaster DN5 OJT 12772350 Robert Philips, Pentyrch CF4 BOW OPERATION W O L F 384378 Glenn Williams. Workington CA24 20D MISSILE O R O U N D ZERO 238100 Dominic Chung, Manchester M6 7WX KIMSHU 30750 DomirHc Chung, Manchester M6 7WX D A L I T T H O M P S O N ' S SUPIRTEST 103693 K Jackaman. Walsall W Mids 3 D PINBALL 186550 K Jackaman. Walsall W Mids ROBOCOP 412980 S Ecclestone. Gnosafl ST20 OBP 400157 Thomas Lange, Pudsey LS28 8PE SPACI HARRIER 10282560 S Ecclestone. Gnosail ST20 OBP OUTRUN 144665340 Steven Hatgh. Bodmin PL31 1EH 24974470 Thomas Lange, Pudsey LS28 8PE

Carl Kirsopp from Great Sutton clocked up 236.950 on Bombjack'

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Sarah Samways from Swanage did well on Solaris with a score ot 3.853,000! Sarah does a good pixie impersonation!

Matthew Catley from Ely reached level seven on the Powertape game Talking

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movement and action commands on a turn card. GBM then process your commands and post the results of your actions back to you. Then you fill in a new card with a new set of cammands and post that off — you don't need a computer, just a pen. You're not playing on your own: there can be a load of people playing the game at the same time as you, and they can interact with you. And that's it! A bit like a computer adventure game but | you have more freedom! Trolls Bottom ivoh/es playing against up to 70 other player trolls as you battle your way to rule the troll island. Other games include Crisis (a strategy war game as you attempt to gain control in a world war situation), Star Cluster (a game of interstellar conquest). Trivia (a quiz league game), the soon-to-belauched Football Champions (a soccer management game) and Jet Ball (futuristic sports game). You can get more details about play by mail games by writing to: Games 8y Mail, 5 Town Lane, Little Neston, South Wirral L64 4DE. • 1st Class is the PBM games fanzine run by one of the country's leading PBM games companies, KJC Games, It features tips, fiction, previews, manuals, news, rule additions, tactics, RPG scenearios, hall of fame, letters and tons more and it's very well put together and printed. KJC also run six different PBM games: Capitol (a space war game), Earthwood (a fantasy wargame involving intrigue, treachery and conflict), Dawn of the Ancients (an epic battle at the dawn of history), Sfafe of War (American Civil War in 2000 AD). Warlord (a strategic war game) and KJC's classic It's A Crime! game (gang warfare in New York city), Information on all KJC's stuff is obtainable from: KJC Games, Cleveleys, Blackpool, Lanes FY8 3LY.

CHART SENSATIONS!

i A combination of Dizzy, the Ouattro packs and a host of original games have shot CodeMasters to the top of the software charts! At the end of September the Codies claimed a whopping 38% hold of the Top 40 chart with 19 titles placed, and are out-selling every software house with the exception of Ocean Spokesman Mike Clarke said 'One in every four budget games sold is a CodeMasters title and I'd like to say a very big thank you to every one who's been buying our games!' Hurrah!

A FESTIVE PRINTER

(for people with a lot of doth)

Citizen's latest 24-pin dot-matrix printer, the 124D, is in the shops | just in time for Christmas, retailing at £279 (excluding VAT), which is good value for a quality printer. And some lucky blighter, as you can see in the pic, is getting one courtesy of S Claus Esq Capable of printing 120 characters per second (draft mode), the 124D offers a choice of typestyles, supports an 8K memory | and comes witha parallel interface. Plus 3 owners can plug it straight in, others will need a Centronics I interface.

• RW Games is running a PBM version of D&H Games s Football Director. The game allows you to control the action of a football club supremo and tussle with the demands of fielding a winning team and all the backroom wrangles. You can contact the company at: RW Games, 39 Berry View, Newsome, Huddersfield HD4 6LQ.

WHERE IS ICHASE HQ 2 i Last month we promised you i playable demo of Ocean s Chas HQ 2: Special Criminal Investigation on the Powertape. The more observant of you will notia there isn't one (booo!). The reasn is that because the game's so complicated it's taking longer to program than originally thought nd might not appear in the shops util January! Keep you fingers, andill other available extremities, crossd for that Chase HO 2 demo in full I soon.

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Another bumper crop of prizes are winging their way to the lucky winners of the recent clutch of compos. Are you going to get an extra Chrissie pressie courtesy of CRASH? Read on and find outl CodeMasters Road Racing Action Compo (issue 80) drew a sackful of entries. No wonder, wiih the brill prize of a Taniya four-wheel drive Fire Dragon (kit form) up for grabs! The first prize winner is Simon Gould, Warrington WAS 2PJ. Congratulations! The 20 runers-up who each receive a CodeMasters game are: Steven Arthurs, Bristol BS14 OHU; Nicholas Wattery, Manchester M28 4TN; Matthew O'Sullivan, Oxford 0 X 4 1PY; Joseph Moulding, Balsall Common CV7 7EX; Scott Edwards, Cheltenham GL51 6SD; Martin Henderson, Shetland Isles ZE2 9DS; Andrew Lloyd, Feltham TW14 SAW; Ian Simpson, Gosport P 0 1 2 4RR; Douglas Christie, Banbury 0 X 1 6 7UD; Ursula Lednor, Rustington BN16 3JU; Andrew Gillham, Woking GU24 9PT; Stephen Atkinson, Towcest NN12 7RS; P Wroe, Haisall L39 8RH; Michael Sheldon, Streetly B74 3EE; Stuart Richards, Whitchurch SY13 2JB; Tony Goodchild, Colchester C 0 6 4QA; Christopher Povey, West Mailing ME19 5PY; Andrew Gilliam, London SW1W 9JZ; Andrew Goaman, Hartland EX34 6AN; Martin Lesson, Bournemouth BH5 1DB. And now it's... Time for the results of the fish-siapping competition! How sillyl No. it's the results of Virgin's Monty Python's Flying Compo1. The winner who gets the

four BBC Monty Python s Flying Circus Videos, a copy of the game and a T-shirt is Michael

Thompsett, Portsmouth P 0 2 9QH. The 20 runners-up who each get a dead parrot (a copy of the game, actually -Ed) are: Luke Kavanagh, Worthing BN14 7BJ; Paul David Hornby, Ripon HG4 1PB; Toby Rutland, Stroud GL5 4QB; R D Fabian, London E15 4HH; John Riordan, Bishopstown Cork; Andrew Sherwood, Derby DE2 2BP; Andrew Hardy, Gillingham ME7 2TR; Ben Adamson, Whitby Y 0 2 1 2NU; Robin Wilson, Weston-SuperMare BS24 OUY; Chris Scarratt, Liverpool L21 1EW; Paula Southgate, Colchester C 0 4 3XP; lain Cooper, Brightons Falkirk FK2 OTF; Tom Cleaver, Market Harborough LE16 7RE; Steven Wallace, Girvan KA26 OER; David McLernon, Magherafelt BT45 5BP; Ian Davis, South Shields NE33 ONP; Andrew Le Madchand, j Bridgewater TA6 7PA; Robert Downing, Princes Risborough HP17 OJP; Ian Samwell, Northampton NN3 4SH; Angela Motzkau, West Germany. Accolade s Take A Look At My Speed Machine Matey Compo was a bit on the corky side; with a fabby Formula One Scalextric Set as first prize it couldn't be less corkliket The prize is hurtling down the track to winner Nicholas Heath. Redruth TR15 2DR. Hurrah! The 10 runners-up who each receive a groovy Accolade t-shirt are: Tommy Vanner, Lisburn BT28 3EB; Stephen Naylor, Market Rasen LN8 3JU; Lucy Butler, Beaconsfield HP9 1XW; Ben Sunderland, Amersham HP7 OPX; Andrew Lewis, Shrewsbury SY1 3HR; Graham Hill, Nanstalion PL30 5JZ; F R Wiles, North Shields NE30 2DF; Alan Buxey, Portsmouth P 0 3 6JN; Steven Arthurs, Bristol BS14 OHU; Lee Stephenson, Spennymoor DU6 6JN. And that's your lotl Everyone is dreading Judging the massive Panto Compos from this month's cover fold-out — not to mention the 101 winners of the turtely t'riffic Turtles compo! But with the billions of prizes up for grabs, there's never been a better | time to enter CRASH compos!

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Level 1 Guardian Keep to the left of screen and keep shooting When the tank gets near jump up out of its line of fire. Level 2 Guardian Keep to Ihe top left corner of screen and keep using your pack weapons

Anyone tor egg sarnies? Mark Caswell usually has some free after he's scoffed his dinner! This Is the nfew Dizzy game, and for all those stuck on it here are some tntfo tips. 1. Push blocks to kill nasties whenever possible 2. It a situation looks impossible, try to collect a sauce bottle, it could turn those stubborn blocks into luscious fruit 3. On bonus screens pause ihe game straight away and plan the route you're going lo take Don't forget you can go off the screen one side and come back on the other, 4. Avoid the nasty icons like the plague 5. Use the rest of the blocks in a line to protect you as you slid-e them along

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Another great game and one that's going to be a BIG seller over Christmas. Here's the solution to the first level to get you started on the big adventure: grab your hat and get out there! On the very first screen you may have got killed by the lasers shooting down from the ceiling: the thing to do is just run as fast as Rick's little legs can carry him and they'll all miss you. Now shoot the

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make, after entering your name and codename you get to choose the co-pilot. Each one can be reviewed on screen, along with a picture and their Hying record. The skill level and weather conditions also have to be selected. Once all this is done you can gel on to the missions. You get the choice between live carrier and five land based missions. One is a training option and the rest drugs busting.

Controlling Ihe Rapier is pretty similar to other (light simulations — directional controlHvith the joystick or keyboard and you have special function keys to perform Ihe other aircraft duties, such as lifting the undercarriage or releasing the air brakes. It can be a bit complicated, so a training mission is a must. Four types of enemy plane must to be blown out of the sky. The weapons available

lor the job include a machine gun cannon and two types of missile. Don't be fooled by the title. Snowstrike is nothing at all to do with snowball tights! What the game boils down lo is a basic flight simulation. You take oil tram a carrier or a land base and fly around looking for planes to shoot and drugs installations lo blow up. The main screen display shows Ihe conlrol panel with all the knobs and dials and a forward view through the cockpil. You can • also check what's attacking you from the rear. The landscapes you fly over are lacking in detail: most of the time all you'll see is cyan shading and the odd cloud whizzing past, though drug targets are well drawn when you find them. I found carrying out the

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through: the Wastelands, the Caverns, the Dungeons and finally the Inner Sanctum ol the evil Drax. Each level has about 28 screens with caves and huts you can enter. Mapping these levels is essential if you're to succeed. A basic beat-'emup maybe worth having in your collection just to watch the great animation, especially when the large dinosaur munches on your head! Yuk.

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material and vary in weight, strength and type ot strings. Training mode will help out those of you who aren't budding Ivan Lendls. Ail the oplions ot the real game are available and you have the choice of any of the stx computer players as partners and opponents in a single or doubles game. They all have different statistics so you can have the ones best suited to your needs. Tennis games on the Spectrum go back as long as the computer itself (anyone remember Match PoinP).

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The road racing sections are my favourite: large animated vehicles zoom around the well coloured (racks. The water is a different story though, the sprites are much smaller and when you keep on bashing into things you soon wish for Ihe end. The Hill or assault course has large sprites but Ihe waggle let! and right control method makes it a bit of a pain to play. Run The Gauntlet has its good and bad points but I'd recommend it to all racing fans.

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but this doesn't spoil the atmosphere. Some of the control methods are a little complicated, on the skateboarding section especially. Combinations of keys have to be pressed lo perform various stunts for pplnts: a lengthy read of the instructions is essential if you're to avoid falling off at the first attempt. A good alternative to all those endless track and field sports simulations.

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(as the advertisement says). Each plane contains a permanent weapon, but a range of bolt-ons are available from the Capcom shop, at a price: bullpups. missiles, napalm bombs, super shells and a nuclear warhead called Bigboy (which sucks all the paint otl your house and gives you a permanent pink suntan). The first mission takes you to an enemy base where helicopters, tanks, planes and an aggressive end-oflevel tank await. Each level scrolls horizontally with an impressive amount of action happening on-screen. Level two has you up in the air to destroy a stealth bomber, heavily armed surrounding notwithstanding. Level three takes us to a forest to kill the enemy and destroy the end of level fortress. Level four is set in the desert, your mission to destroy a huge missile silo. On to level five and half way through the game: here you're taken to a spectacular rocky scene where you must battle helicopters and fighter

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is lost (lose both and it's Game Over). Apart from human and computer driven cars that fire machine guns and missiles at you, obstacles include hairpin bends, oil slicks, sand banks, collapsing buildings and (ailing power

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cause the Death Star to explode. The wire frame graphic style is incredibly similar to the arcade machine and all the gameplay has been converted intact. After a little practice all the attack waves can be mastered — which kills the long-term appeal ot the game. However, you can get plenty of enjoyment from Star Wars

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things aren't as simple as they sound. You have to finish the race in first place else one of your two credits

lines. The first tew tracks are fairly clear ot these hazards, so you have a chance to concentrate on watching out

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t's 40 odd years since the first person flicked a small weighted piece of plastic across a green table-sized blanket and tried to hi! a huge (in relation to the player) ball. I remember owning a Subbuteo set when I was a nipper, and playing the Electronic Zoo computer version has brought the memories Hooding back! The game starts with the usual option screens: Single or League Matches. Both options allow you to play against either a friend or the computer, though league is more fun because it allows you to play with up lo eight people (single only allows

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seemed to have his head up In them, Dylan went to Ice Land for being so cool. Grand Dizzy to Cuckoo Land because he's a bit senile and sweet Daisy was put in the dungeon! Zaks knew Dizzy would attempt to rescue her. You now have the task of rescuing each of your mates. The game's played Pengostyle: you push blocks around the screen, crushing nasties if they get in the way and collecting the fruit and other objects you find. Bonus extras can be found and do weird and wonderful things to each screen's layout. Once a screen is completed you go onto the bonus section which has to be done In a set lime limit. Graphics consist ol

feet: the skill here lies in flicking the player at the ball (and totally missing, in my case). Sound effects and graphics are as simplistic as the gameplay, so even with a few mates playing, Ihe computer version doesn't quite catch the atmosphere of the lable-top game. MARK 50%

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M A p i / I loved the original Strider in the arcades, I v I H l t H though the computer version appeared in Issue 69 and received a mixed reception. Now Strider Ifs here and is as controversial as its predecessor. Nick disliked the original and is a misery guts about this sequel. I love it! The main character sprite is still as atheletic as ever and as a bonus now carries an extra weapon (yippee!). Another great addition is Strider's ability to don a huge armoured suit to tackle the end of level bad guy. US Gold have come up trumps again; in fact coin-oppers Capcom like it so much Strider 2 will be in your local arcade before you know if! 88% cut the mustard. All that bounding around with a silly looking sword. One thing this game has which the original lacked is colour. No more 100% monochrome: you now have coloured trees and platforms. This, of course, brings our old friend Miss Colourclash onto the scene. Whenever Strider jumps or walks over the background he changes to its colour; can't be helped really. Strider II is a little better than the original: arcade freaks might find it more playable.

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venues and the type of iwork out your fighter needs tlo get him in tip lop condition!. Winning a fight is your t first goal — it gives you pii2ze money and increases title boxer's morale and rankklng rating. The Boxer is a new sttyle for management gamess, and quite pleasing It is too..

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eing a peasant ot limited intelligence you went and volunteered tor a dangerous quest. You are Gormless Gary and must rescue the beautiful Princess Clare from the clutches ot the evil ghosts. And the reward if you succeed? Her hand in marriage and a bit of nimpo. Your journey is a dangerous one: each room is locked tight and rabid bats swoop at you every chance they get, sapping your energy. Keys have been left lying about the castle and collecting these opens the doors (really? -Ed). There are three ways to fail: you can lose all your energy by being swooped on

by the bats, contact with one of the evil ghosts means instant death and falling onto a fire won't do you much good either. While the graphics are OK, control method and gameplay belong in the bottom ot the barrel. If you survive for more than four screens you must be an expert, either that or you've found a poke for infinite energy. Each screen is laid out in such an annoying way that you won't only be cursing the ghosts for killing you but also kicking your screen in a rage.

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deadly spells, and it's Dizzy who has to put things right. Each of Dizzy's pals has had a different spell cast over them: Dylan has been tangled up in a bush. Dora turned into a frog. Dozy has been sent to sleep (nothing new there), Denzil frozen solid. Daisy super enlarged and Grand Dizzy is trapped on the other side ot Zak's magic mirror. Dizzy's task is to break the six spells and destroy Ihe wizard forever. The fun and frolics take place in a strange fairy tale world inhabited by some very peculiar characters. There's Prince Charming with his

dashing looks and golden crown, good witch Glenda stirring her magic cauldron and the Oueen Of Hearts. Off with her head!'. All this in the great Oizzy graphic style. This game is truly enchanting! Every Dizz^ game has been loads ol fun to play and Magicland carries on the tradition. The puzzles will have you flummoxed Irom the word go, but flat's half the tun ot playing a Dizzy adventure. If you stick at it you'll eventually solve )ne, which will lead you on lo the nexl. Visually Magiclar,d\s similar to the other four games: colourful animated sprites are everywhere and the scenery is packed ttill ot detail. Dizzy himselt leaps and bounds around every screen in his usual comical way. making the game ooze with addictivity. The tunes and sound effects are also really good, and I'm sure one in-game tune is a remix ot Kylie's'I should be so lucky'! This, the fourth Dizzy game, has got to be one ot the best so far. An essential purchase tor every Spectrum owner. It's magic! NICK

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