Brrr! November. Any day now bashing out words on the Hermes
typewriter will become very difficult as the keys begin to seize up due to
freezing temperatures. I’ll be hunting down that can of WD-40 before the
month’s out! It’s the e key that usually goes first: bit of a pain
as it’s th most usd lttr in the nglish alphabt. And it’s typical,
isn’t it, you nvr notic that it’s missing until you rach the nd of
a hug documnt and thn you’ve got to go and retyp it all ovr again!
Anyway, on with th forum and a big thanks for your lttrs onc again — a
ral bulging mail sack! Lttr of th Month gos to Richard Cordn who has a good
solution to a rathr boring problm. The addrss to snd your mail is: NWSFILD,
LLOYD MANGRAM’S FORUM, CRASH. And don’t forgt thr’s a
£40 softwar vouchr for the bst lttr vry month!!
I’ve got a brilliant idea. I own a Spectrum +2A and waiting for games
like Batman to load takes years. My idea will make this time fly!
Software houses could do a bit of advertising instead of showing a loading
picture. Providing a service like Ceefax: they advertise different
games giving a review of each, and if I wanted to read about a different game I
could just press the space bar to turn over a ‘page’. This would
help the company sell more games and keep me happy while the game loads. When
the game has loaded I could come out of the service and play the game. Is this
brilliant, or is this brilliant?! Why don’t companies do this?
What a great idea! The reason games don’t already have
this service is because you’ve only just thought of it! Here, have a
£40 software voucher and a gold star for being so clever!!
FAIR OR FOUL?
My son is always on the look out for combat, martial arts and boxing games for
his computer. Recently he spotted a new release from CodeMasters called
Pro Boxing Simulator. The screenshots on the back of the game looked
impressive and so my son eagerly spent £2.99 of his hard earned pocket
money and excitedly took the game home.
Imagine his disappointment on loading up to find that it was only By
Fair Means Or Foul originally from Superior Software under a
different guise, which he has had for over a year and was released around
January of 1989. The only change in the game appears to be the main title
screen where just the name has been changed.
I felt strongly that this game was being promoted unfairly. The packaging
falsely described the product as a new release.
I am writing to you with the hope that you might publish this letter and
warn your readers.
Yes, it is quite unfair to promote a product as a new release
when the actual game had been published before. This case calls for a bit of
Mangram investigation and so I’ve been on the blower to Richard
Darling at CodeMasters who had this to say,
‘Pro Boxing Simulator was a new release from CodeMasters, but it
was really unfortunate and a mistake not to indicate that the game had been
originally published with a different name. The cassette inlay has since been
reprinted and now includes the information on the cover.’
CodeMasters is also offering to recompense anyone who bought
the original By Fair Means Or Foul game and has since also bought
Pro Boxing Simulator believing it to be a different product.
Here’s a poem.
I love the games that we get free,
And the comps really score tops with me,
The time has come for me to speak,
And praise the mag I get every four weeks
CRASH is rad! CRASH is cool
In my eyes CRASH really does RULE!!!
Well what do you think? good eh!!!
I’ve been buying CRASH for ages now and never once have my parents
commented on CRASH. However, when I bought my last issue my mother
said, ‘Nick, the illustrations on these magazines are always very
good.’ I suppose I’d never really noticed how excellent they were.
I then went and looked through all my back issues and noticed how good they all
were. So, could you answer a few questions for me: Who draws these pictures?
Does he draw them on a computer? Was he once a professional artist? Does he do
the CRASH posters as well? Has he been at CRASH from issue one?
Please help me Lloyd!
Right then Nick, answers ahoy! CRASH covers
are designed and illustrated by none other than Oliver Frey who also edits the
magazine. The illustrations are first sketched out in pencil, the major colours
are airbrushed in and finally the details are hand painted using inks. Oli
still is a professional artist, and has illustrated for many magazines
in his career and currently illustrates for our sister magazines
ZZAP! and FEAR. He has also drawn Dan
Dare and drew the Superman comic that features at the
beginning of the original film. Oil not only painted the very first
CRASH cover but actually created CRASH in
1984. For that ultimate Oli experience you can’t do better than the giant
A1 Oli posters now available through the mail order pages (plug!).
RADIO SPECCY FM!
The other day I was bopping away on my computer when I had this sudden urge to
turn on my radio. So I turned it on and to my amazement the sound from my
computer was coming from my radio (100–101 FM). I don’t know if
it’s already been discovered but if it hasn’t I think this
discovery is well worth £40 worth or software, don’t you?
No it isn’t worth £40 of
software. It’s actually
Could you please tell me why everybody who organises a computer fair always
stages it in London. Why can’t it be in different places around Britain
every year like the National Garden Festival? If something doesn’t
change soon I shall abandon the idea altogether.
For the answer to that, please give a big CRASH
welcome to the organiser of the All Formats Computer Fair, Bruce
Everiss!! ‘The thing is, 60–70% of people in Britain live
with in a suitable commuting distance from London. People have tried to
organise regional fairs, but have always been unsuccessful. This is because
it’s more difficult for most people to get to a regional venue than
travel to London.’ There you have it. It’s a case of not being able
to please all of the people all of the time, but pleasing most of the people
all the time. Erm... or something like that.
Are there any programs on the market which can simply provide a BASIC listing
of a game?
No, not really, as most games
are written in machine code and
✮ FAVE RAVES!
Keep sending in your Fave Raves — simply list your five
favourite games and tell us why you think each one is so skill! This
month’s hit parade comes from Glynn Jones!
The most playable driving game on
Simple idea but very addictive.
Brilliant graphics and so addictive.
Graphics are not stunning but is
It will drive you mad but good fun.
If you need help! or can offer someone help! this is just the
place for you. Send in your problems or answers to the usual address. First bit
of help! comes in the form of this handy tip from Steven Warner. Tell all,
Steven! ‘I have found an easy way to get my +2A and +3 to load many old
games which wouldn’t load before. Enter 48K mode and type OUT 32765, 48:
LOAD "" (press enter). Start the offending tape, and the game should now load.
These games now load with the command, whereas they didn’t before:
Monty on the Run, Bounty Bob Strikes Back, Lunar Jetman and
Marsport.’ Good stuff.
Next up is Scott Murphy who offers help! to Robert Davies (issue 80
September 1990) who asked if anyone knew any mouse driven software. Well Scott,
what’s your answer? ‘Carrier Command (128K only) will work with a
mouse!’ Super! Scott also says ‘Cheeseplant!!’. Hummm
OOOO! JUST WHAT WE ALWAYS WANTED!
The superb solid-3D graphics system Freescape, developed
by Incentive Software, is a fab gadgi, isn’t it?! Without it there
wouldn’t have been such smash hit games as Driller, Dark Side, Total
Eclipse or Castle Master. Next year Domark are publishing
Incentive’s 3D Construction Kit which allows you to create your
own Freescape games! T’riff, eh?! Domark claim that using the
kit is like building with an unlimited amount of Lego bricks! You can
stretch them, squash them and build whatever you like! Then enter your
creations and interact with the surroundings and marvel at the animated objects
you’ve created! The system sounds very promising, and well be giving it
the full run through in a few months PLUS keep your peepers peeled for a
special CRASH Freescape game, created with the system, appearing on the
AMSTRAD KILLS PLUS 3
The Spectrum +3 is dead. The top of the range computer is no
longer to be manufactured by Amstrad. The company made the shock
decision last month, leaving only the Plus 2 in production. Launched three
years ago the Plus 3 was aimed towards more serious computer users. A variety
of business packages were written for it in a hope that it would be seen as a
business rather than pleasure machine. Of course the people who bought it were
not all interested in the latest data base or spreadsheet available, they
wanted to play games, and software companies started to produce disk as well as
tape versions of all their producs. So what went wrong? With 15% of all
Spectrum owners owning a Plus 3 and disks being produced all the time why scrap
such a success story?
The main reason seems to be the new disk-based Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus
machine. Amstrad does not want potential buyers to have to make the decision
between its new computer and the much cheaper Plus 3: the best way to ensure
the new machine takes off is, of course, to get rid of the competition.
This doesn’t mean the end though, far from it. The Plus 2 is still a
sizzling success and coupled with the Sam Coupé will take Spectrum computing
into the future.
NOT DEAD YET
Jonny, Sammy and Paul, looking a lot like Big Fun, rough it up
with a load of zombies in Beast Busters
Despite declaring the firm is to cease publishing Speccy games,
Activision has announced two coin-op conversions planned for early next
year. Beast Busters is an obvious Operation Wolf clone with
its bolt on guns and blasting action. Three heroes, Johnny, Sammy and
Paul (could it be Big Fun in disguise?!) pit their battle skills
against an army of zombies. Through the ruined city streets our heroes trudge
blasting all that moves, and if you’re too slow on that trigger
you’ll end up in the same state as the villains!
R-Type II is the second release and it’s another mega space
blaster. Like the original, your craft is initially armed with a laser gun, but
bolt on extra weapons can be collected. R-Type gained a CRASH Smash
two years ago — will its sequel do as well? Stay tuned!
A big warm, soft, cuddly welcome to the latest member of the
CRASH team — it’s a GIRL (y’know, them things what are
different from blokes)! ‘Big’ Judith Bamford joined the team
in September and is Group Advertisement Manager, which means she rings
up software houses and hollers ‘Give us your money!!!’. What does
this mean to you lot though? Well, if you have a problem with an advertiser
drop Big Jude a line and she’ll try to sort it out! Remember though
folks, she’s a busy lady so before you approach her there’s a few
things you should know:
Jude lives in ‘sunny’ Birmingham. She wanted to move to Ludlow
but isn’t allowed because she worries sheep!!
Jude’s very talkative. In fact, her mouth doubles as a steam turbine!
Jude’s favourite Speccy game is Chase HQ which she reckons is a real
simulation of her driving!!
Jude used to be a dancer six years ago and invented the disco craze for
wearing white high-heels and dancing around a collection of handbags!!
Jude’s favourite food is Tangy bars!
Jude has a friend who’s not very good at keeping secrets!!
MORE GAMES THAN ANYONE ELSE!
Diaries at the ready, folks! Your next couple of monthly trips
to The All Format Computer Fair (New Hall of the Royal Horticultural Society,
Greycoat and Elverton St. Westminster, London) are scheduled for Sunday,
November 4 and Saturday, December 15. Organiser Bruce Everiss promises the
show will have more games on sale at knock down prices than anywhere else, and
that you should be able to buy all those classic games from years ago. A SAM
village is also on the cards with lots of new products and news for Coupé
owners. Bruce reckons there will be over 120 stands at the show which opens at
10am on both days and costs £3 for admission.