You wouldn’t believe it would you? Sam Computers Ltd is
now one year old, and to celebrate they are releasing a special package of
The pack is strictly limited edition and will include such tempting titbits
as a one level demo version of Prince Of Persia, previews of some of
the latest SAM releases, lots of posters and badges, a best of Fred
and Enceladus disk and a couple of full games.
And what’s the price of this great pack? Well, it’s £20
— but with the amount of stuff in it, it should be worth every penny.
Don’t forget: this package is strictly limited edition, so if you want
one you’d better get onto SAM Co fairly swiftly and reserve one.
More up to the minute (well almost) news from SAM Co —
this time concerning two games being worked on. Colin Jordon (he of Revelation
fame) is currently working on a SAM conversion of the classic Spectrum game
Splat! from Incentive, which got 81.5% way back in CRASH issue 1!!
Most people probably don’t remember this gem, but it involved a small
blob moving around a landscape that changes direction randomly. All the player
has to do is collect the items dotted around each landscape and avoid getting
killed on spikes, water, etc.
Another Spectrum classic soon to make a SAM appearance is Arkanoid
— or something that resembles it. The Lords Of Insanity who have
programmed lots of demos and short games for the SAM are working on it, and it
looks like a winner!
LOTS OF STUFF FOR NOT MUCH DOSH!
Yes, yet more SAM Public Domain software has been released since
our last little chat. Some great new releases from SAM Disk fell on my desk
this morning, and on loading them up I was very impressed!
Steven ‘Pickasso’ Pick is the man with the artistic touch, and
all his graphics are absolutely brilliant. (Praise indeed.) All the menu
screens on the demo disks he’s sent me are packed with colour and cute
characters. If Steven got together with a good programmer they could produce
one hell of a game! Take a look at some of the screen shots dotted around this
page and you’ll see what I mean!
Besides the great menu screens in SAM Disk you’ll find lots of fonts
for use in your programs, text nattering on about games and PD software, plus
animated demos and screens to gaze at. A favourite pastime of
Pickasso’s is making mock up screens of games on other computers.
Chase HQ, Pang, Rainbow Islands and Lemmings all make an
appearance somewhere on these new disks.
The disks are the Pickasso Portfolio, SAM Coupé PD Update 0
and SAM Disk 5: they each cost £2 and details can be obtained
from Steven Pick, SAM Disk.
ALSO OUT NOW!
SC FILER V.2
£12.50 (£2.50 to upgrade)
A database program written in 99% machine code to allow storage
of up to 384K of data in continuous memory. The enhancements allow you to
convert files from other databases, use a variety of fonts and have complete
freedom over the sorting of your database. It comes with a demonstration
database with all the Z80 machine code instructions listed with their
Since the last issue Enceladus has undergone a few
changes to its look and content. It’s now even more professional than it
was before, and the price has also been slashed from £3.99 to £2.50.
This has got to be one of the best disk magazines around for programmers and
fun seekers alike.
Yet another Fred disk with more stunning demos and
screens. Highlights of this one include a great Gods demo showing the
animation frames from this 16-bit hit, Encounters demos with more
hilarious antics, and the regular machine code column.
THE KEY PRESS
This is the latest piece of software from the SAM Co software
house and is a word processing package. It has various modes, making it
suitable for everyone from the most advanced user to the beginner. If
you’re teaching your children to write this would be a great help: the
program draws the letters as it prints them, for the pupil to imitate.
More up to the minute news next time!