High above the seamy streets of GOTHAM, he is a criminals ^ nightmare. • • • • • I L l T O l l i l 3 - s e BATH AH AMSTRAD SPECTRUM ATARI ST AMIGA COMMODORE SPECTRUM ATARI ST AMIGA LINE UP AMSTRAD ACTION • OCTOBER 1989 THE ACTION BEGINS ON 48! DD3950 RHHIJ5 THE Future Publishing Limited 4 Queen Street, Bath BA1 1EJ « 0225 44603 446019 • Editor Steve Carey • Technical editor Pat Mc Donald • Games editor Trenton Webb • Art editor Ollie Aldeiton • Additional design Martin Parfitt • Contributors Emma Broadley, Phil Howard, Stuart Mc Coll, James Wilson, Adam Peters • Photography Stuart Baynes t Publisher Greg Ingham • Production Fiona Milne • Subscriptions Christine Stacey » 0458 7401 I t Mail Order Clare Bates« 0458 74011 • Advertisements Elaine Brooks « 0225 446034 • Distribution Comag C F U T U R E P U B L I S H I N G LTD 1989 /Uwtrarf Acuaa is an im Jepaident pitticatwi The c g n p w y produfag a - FUCiie Pobtetuftj Lid -tosno connection w x b Amsu&j p K We cannot guarantee to leuun natenal subntttodtout. for small business CASS: 34.95 DISC: 39.95 J O B ESTIMATOR: useful t o o l for contractors. 9 5 PRODUCT COSTING: DISC:39.95 Full specifications on all of the above grams on request. 9 5 ADVANCED ART STUDIO - £19.95 RIBBONS Quantity Printer 1 2 5 DMP2000.'2160 3 50 ...6.00 ...14 00 Panasonic 1080'1081 ...3.95 ...7.00....16.00 Citizen 120D 3.95 ...7.00 ...15.00 Slar LC10 (Black) 3.95 ...7.00. % t NEK-LOOK MCRONET GOTO 9 * I • Prestel: g o e s f r o m s t r e n g t h to s t r e n g t h • Brunning Software's Brunword Elite is currently undergoing fine pre-release tuning. a new label instantly noticeable for its dayglo spine.sorts 'em out FORUM Page after page of hints, tips a n d problem solving. We have lined up what we believe to be the biggest CPC competition. INDIANA ever JONES US Gold w h i p up the hysteria... and an LC24-10 with a carriage wide enough to take A3 size paper (labelled the LC24-15) has been introduced at £499. It also has the unconventional feature of the' paper feeding through the bottom of the printer, which means that it takes up less space than a normal printer Finally, the LC10 is to be updated to the LC10 II. We can reveal that it's by the self-styled "famous" Oliver Twins, the team behind Dizzy, Treasure Island Dizzy. Yes folks, the heman with the taste for ultra violence and justice blasts his way onto the CPC around Christmas.Naturally, on the it'smy-game principle Paul Gascoigne is the most skilful computer opponent. 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Microprose's Mr Heli, a cute shoot'em up with a distinct Raff Cecco look, carries on where the excellent Rick Dangerous left off As the pilot of a small helicopter you buzz around a multi-directional maze, blasting anything that moves with guns, missiles and bombs. ) 10 x CF2 discs 20 x CF2 discs DMP 2000/3000 Printer Ribbons (each)..".! 1 9 8 6 — P h o n e 0 1 - 8 9 8 1 0 9 0 Yet another brimming postbag spills across the editor's desk • N o t such a grim pill to swallow after all! but I know for a (act that Bubbles (to name but one) has trouble doing the joined up writing.Luke: Bo, Boss Hogg is gunna steal the the interwebs! • • • • • • On the brilliant birthday cover cassette... KING OF PRINTERS W h e w , and w e said w e were giving it away? MICE AND EASY DOES IT Resident rodent expert PAT T h e Cat" Mc D. It seems only a few months since we were celebrating AAfc third year. And as we head out of the supposedly "slow" period of summer and towards the always frantic winter/Christmas time, things are looking much better than anyone could have predicted. After some 17 issues in-house and heaven knows how many before that as freelance, Pat Mc Donald, Technical Editor extraordinary, is heading back home towards Frame. On a happier note, next month sees the arrival of the new Technical Editor, whom we shall be showing off proudly next month stay tuned! \ROCKSTAR Codemasters' Ate My Hamster simulator THE AA FOURTH BIRTHDAY MEGACOMPETITION! You'd be m a d to buy before you check it out here... J u s t don't ask h o w w e can afford to sell so cheap! Star's excellent LC24-10 (reviewed in AA47) has been reduced by £100 to £299. CPC exhibitors already pledged to support the show and the competition include famous names such as Amstrad. AHA M S T R A DACTION 37 It's called Operation Gunship - and that's about all we can tell you until the full review next month. 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TYRE INS Let your fingers do the w a l k i n g to programmer's nirvana. Tooled up with an Uzi machine pistol and a weapons laden battle van, his mission is the elimination of organised crime. The Edge have also" acquired rights to create a game around the The Uncanny X-Men. To bring to a successful close a summer that has been an exceptionally active period for the CPC.