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Issue 98 - February 9th 1985
COVER STORY
Spring modems 30
Modem makers have overcome the price problem - it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get on-line any more. But do they have a convincing case when they talk about the boon of communications? We look at the Protek 1200 modem in detail and assess the prospects for micro communications in general.
OUTPUT
SPECTRUM mayhem 12
Save your spaceship, defend the planet, and teach the hostile alien hordes a lesson they won't forget in a hurry with this listing for the Sinclair Spectrum.
VIC disposable 15
Not a throw-away, more of a write-off as we present a utility that will improve your control over output from a Vic 20 to the popular MPS801 printer.
SPECTRUM Screenart II 17
Home in on the second part of our graphics utility program, a routine that will put last week's Draw on the map.
AMSTRAD bomber 18
Take over from the Bomb Disposal Squad in this testing maze/strategy/arcade game for the CPC464 - the entire human race is depending on you.
COMMODORE Caverns II 22
Continuing the presentation of our exclusive Commodore 64 game Crazy Caverns from Tony Crowther, of Potty Pigeon, Monty Mole and Suicide Express fame.
HARDWARE
A peach of an APRICOT 24
ACT has followed up the original Apricot with a trio of successors. We turn the spotlight on the F1e and find that it doesn't shy away from the attention.
SOFTWARE
Gameplay 36
The Good, the Bad and the Indifferent . . . our critics weigh up the latest games for the Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad on our weekly review pages.
COMMODORE lightning 39
White Lightning was one of the packages of the year in 1984. Now it's available as the Lightning series for the 64. Has it lost anything in the translation?
REGULARS
Monitor 1
Prism shatters but the pieces aren't lost, this page; dealers rap Acorn price cuts, page 2; software houses wake up, page 3; Acornsoft toes ASA line, page 4; Home Front, page5.
PCN Charts 5
Random Access 7
Put pen to paper and put your point of view.
Routine Enquiries 8
Scratch our experts' heads instead of your own.
Microwaves 10
Dungeon 28
Two adventures from Artic groan on the rack this week.
Software Pre-View 34
What's on the way from the software producers for your machine.
Billboard 43
No charge, no obligation; browse through our regular classifieds.
Quit/Datelines 44
The last word . . . at last.
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