FEATURES

MELBOURNE HOUSE

Our very own Sean Masterson takes a trip to London and meets the Melbourne House crew. And gets treated to chicken salad without the chicken. Well, he IS allergic to cheese...

SURF’S UP

An Irish software house, very keen on Surfing, have come up with a surfing simulation for the Spectrum which uses a mini-surfboard. They invited the press to a launch in Ireland and John Minson went for the weekend. A telling tale indeed

THE DOINGS OF DESIGN DESIGN

The final instalment in the story of Simon’s Game and Graham’s Game. Next month we should be able to review them both. (No, not Simon and Graham)

PREVIEW: Friday 13th

A real scary scenario for Domark’s latest offering. We were treated to an early look at the game which stars Jason, a very nasty piece of work indeed.

PREVIEW: Sweevo’s World

A bit of a departure for Gargoyle games, this one. You control a blundering robot who is pestered by all sorts of nasties in his world. Robin Candy did some research into this whimsical little number

PREVIEW: Swords and Sorcery

At last! It’s here! One of the most long awaited games is almost ready for release. PSS have been working on Swords and Sorcery for over eighteen months and the project is about to bear fruit.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS

A taster of what’s possible to put on a computer screen nowadays. But is it art?

ON THE TV SCREEN

Dave Beeson, who works for Central ITV producing animations and graphics for TV programs once used a Spectrum to illustrate a program on hacking. We talked to him.

DO IT YOURSELF

BC’s QUEST FOR TIRES

Win a Midi Hi-Fi system in Software Projects’ trundling competition, plus copies of the game and a couple of “Complete Works” packages

TAU CETI

A stunning game. A stunning competition with more musical hardware to win. This time it’s a Toshiba portable cassette deck. Plus games, of course.

XCEL

No less than a hundred copies of this elegant arcade/strategy game are on offer. Design an alien spacecraft and win, win, win.

ROBOT MESSIAH

A joint competition, in which you could win a SAGA keyboard to encase your Spectrum in. And there’s fifty T-Shirt on offer, to encase you in.

HACKER

Hack, hack, hacketty hack. Save on telephone bills by entering this Activision competition in which copies of the hacking game, HACKER can be hacked.

REGULARS

EDITORIAL

With the indexes, too.

MERELY MANGRAM

A three-page pre-Christmas extravaganza. Lloyd gives the lowdown on some software that could make a few people happy over the festive season

NEWS INPUT

A whistle-stop tour of what’s been happening over the past few weeks in the industry we all love.

FORUM

Lloyd’s Live Letters: your news and views aided and abetted by the Bug Box illustrators

PLAYING TIPS

Robin’s tensing up like a spring to release a megadose of tips next issue. Meanwhile, he lets a few secrets slip...

LUNAR JETMAN

More herocs from the dimmest spaceperson in the known (and unknown) universe

CRASH COURSE

Back in front of the blackboard, Rosetta checks out some more mind-expanding software. Perhaps we should ask her to review Back to Skool?

CRASH HOTLINE AND ADVENTURE CHART

ADVENTURE TRAIL

Derek’s really impressed by the game based on the life of Adrian Mole, the schoolboy antihero. Packing his bucket and spade he heads for Terrormolinos too — and visits a few other strange parts

SIGNPOST

Tips and hints from the quill of the master adventurer himself. All in Brewstercode

RESULTS

“Draw some dragons”, the competition minion said a little while ago. This is the sort of thing you drew. Plus the names of more than a few lucky winners.

FRONTLINE

Sean Masterson goes on a campaign in the Napoleonic War this month. He’s impressed with what he finds.

The Bumper Christmas Issue, with free giant OLIPOSTER goes on sale on 12th December. Miss it and your Christmas won’t be happy

Publishing Executive Roger Kean
Editor Graeme Kidd
Technical Editor Franco Frey
Art Editor Oliver Frey
Production Designer David Western
Production Assistants Gordon Druce, Matthew Uffindell
Software Editor Jeremy Spencer
Adventure Editor Derek Brewster
Sub Editor Sean Masterson
Staff Writer Lloyd Mangram
Contributing Writers Chris Passey, Robin Candy, Ben Stone, John Minson, Mark Hamer, Gary Liddon, Julian Rignall, Gary Penn
Client Liaison John Edwards
Subscription Manager Denise Roberts
Mail Order Carol Kinsey

Cover by Oliver Frey

REVIEWS

See all reviews for this issue at zxspectrumreviews.co.uk

  • BC’s Quest for Tires Software Projects
  • Back To Skool Microsphere
  • Big Ben Strikes Again Artic
  • Bomber Bob Bug Byte
  • Brainstorm Bubble Bus
  • Chicken Chase Firebird
  • Critical Mass Durell
  • Discs of Death Artic
  • Dogsbody Bug Byte
  • Grumphy Gumphrey Supersleuth Gremlin
  • Gyroscope Melbourne House
  • Hacker Activision
  • International Rugby Artic
  • I, of the Mask Electric Dreams
  • Journey’s End Master Adventurer
  • One Man and His Droid Mastertronic
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Mosaic/Level 9
  • The Snow Queen St Bride’s
  • Sorderon’s Shadow Beyond
  • Spike Firebird
  • Tau Ceti CRL
  • Terrormolinos Melbourne House
  • Thunderbirds Firebird
  • Tomahawk Digital Integration
  • Waterloo Lothlorien
  • World Series Basketball Imagine
  • Xcel Activision
  • Zoot Bug Byte