Shock! Horror! A new software house set up solely for SAM Coupé products! Yes, it’s true. Revelation is a subsidiary of SAM Computers and has been set up to help supplement the software coming from Enigma Variations.
The first products planned for release include Quiz Ball, a cross between Trivial Pursuit and Radio 1’s Give Us A Break (£9.95, disk only), educational software like Highway Code and Spelling, and possible conversions of the Fun School games. These are planned for the end of March. There’s also talk of converting Digital Integration’s F-16, using the Atari ST graphics and Spectrum code.
SAM Co have also been talking with software companies in Spain with hope of converting some of their older products to SAM format. Companies like Palace, Ocean, Mastertronic and Domark were on the visiting list so we can hopefully look forward to some impressive games using the original gameplay with SAM’s 128-colour graphics and stereo sound!
Of course, it’s not just the big companies that have the potential to produce good software. Some of the PD software about is of a very high standard. This has not gone unnoticed at SAM HQ and they’re interested in using the talents that have been displayed through PD to create new games. If you consider yourself a bit of a whiz at graphics, sound, machine code or even game designing, get in touch with SAM Co.
On the hardware side of things SAM Co have a lightpen in the pipeline. The main reason for producing it is for use in conjunction with educational software. Young children would find it much easier to point to the screen with a pen rather than have to use a joystick or keys. The lightpen obviously would come in useful for art utilities, too.
The SAM Messenger should be making an appearance around the end of March, priced £29.95. This is a Spectrum-to-SAM interface using the same technology as the MGT +D and Disciple disk drives. It allows programs to be loaded on the Spectrum and transferred onto the SAM with ease. Using this method of loading up games you do not encounter any of the compatibility problems. The Messenger also comes in useful for incorporating the SAM into Spectrum network systems.