NEWS

THE MAGNIFICENT 5+2?

Citroen and Clive Sinclair are likely to join forces in a deal set to take the motor industry by storm. The innovative design of the battery powered C5 and internals of the 2CV are to be combined in a unique attempt to create a motor car for the more ecologically-minded consumer. The last old-style 2CV rolled off the production line last month; all along its slow speeds and homely looks have appealed to the more environmentally concerned motorist (2CVs and Greenpeace stickers often go together). Following extensive market research, the manufacturers have expressed an interest in creating an even more ozone-friendly vehicle, and the C5 with a small unleaded petrol engine — a compromise to give the car more power — seemed an ideal candidate. The first 2CV5s (only a provisional name as yet) are likely to go into production late next year. The alternative car will be significantly cheaper to produce and run; the Department of the Environment has even suggested the possibility of a reduction in road tax.

THE GREAT EVENING STAR RACE

IN CONJUNCTION with Railway World Magazine and The Great Central Railway, Hewson are launching a competition centred on the steam simulation Evening Star (53% CRASH Issue 45). By racing the clock, keeping a log of the full record run attempt from Bath to Bournemouth and taking a photograph of the screen on completion, you could become one of the finalists to compete in the Grand Play-Off at Loughborough Great Central Railway on 25 June 1988.

Prizes include dinner for two on the Charnwood Forester evening wine and dine train and passes to the Great Central Enthusiasts Day in July.

THREE DISKS

THE BUDGET label Alternative is making several of their games available on disk. Each will have three popular titles and retail at £6.99. The first, Sportacular is released on 23 February and features Soccer Boss, Olympic Spectacular and Indoor Soccer.

CDS Software have re-programmed the successful Colossus 4 Chess and Brian Clough’s Football Fortunes (42% Issue 38) specifically for the +3. They are priced at £14.99 and £12.99 respectively.


EASTER COMPILATION

OCEAN is releasing a compilation game pack in time for the Easter holiday. We are the Champions, available from 17 March, comes in a twin cassette gift box for £9.95. The games included will be System 3’s IK+ (91% Issue 49), Activision’s Rampage (69% Issue 49), Imagine’s Renegade (89% Issue 44), Palace Software’s Barbarian (85% Issue 41) and Electric Dreams’ Supersprint (58% Issue 46).

Databyte’s latest release is The Spy Trilogy — a compilation of Spy vs Spy (93% Issue 19), The Island Caper (53% Issue 41) and Arctic Antics which has never been released on the Spectrum before. The trilogy is produced under licence from First Star Software Inc, USA and will retail at £9.95 on cassette and £14.95 on disk.


DESTINY OF THE YETI

DESTINY SOFTWARE are running a competition in connection with their first release Yeti (61), and the winner could receive up to £30,000.

In the wake of a recent Russian expedition which came within 30 yards of the legendary creature, Chris Bonington is organising a search which is probably the most comprehensive yet. The bookmakers William Hill are giving odds of 150-1 against discovering the fabled beast and Destiny have laid on a bet of £200. If the expedition is successful, the winnings are to be used as first prize in their competition.

To be considered for this mammoth reward, entrants should send a postcard with a description (50 words maximum) of what they think the Yeti will look like, to Destiny Software.

CRASH READERS’ AWARDS 1987

JERSEY, March 12, the Hotel de France, site of the Newsfield organised Computer Arena 88 — a software industry conference, the first of its kind ever to be held in Britain — was also the moment when the CRASH and ZZAP! Readers’ Awards were presented. Details of the awards can be seen on page 57, but here are a few pictures from the presentation. The awards were handed over by Newsfield’s Managing Director, art supremo Oliver Frey.

Ian Andrew

Driller swept the board, and kept Incentive’s Ian Andrew on his feet all night.

Gary Bracey

Gary Bracey receives the CRASH Award for Best Arcade Adventure (Head Over Heels)