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Issue 99 - February 16th 1985
COVER STORY
Acorn adrift
Britain's number two home micro maker is in deep trouble. What brought Acorn to the brink, and where does it go from here? What difference will the crisis at Acorn make to BBC and Electron owners? We untangle the strands and put you in the picture.
OUTPUT
SPECTRUM sprites 10
If you want animated graphics, sprites are just what you need - and you can have them, free, with this great utility program.
AMSTRAD Scrolls 13
More on graphics - this time for your CPC464. Now you can take off in all directions.
64 caverns 14
The final parts of our great Tony Crowther game should have you off and running - once you've typed it all in.
BBC seekers 18
A search utility can make debugging and updating your programs a lot easier. Try this one with our compliments.
HARDWARE
TANDY vs IBM 20
The 1000, Tandy's latest business system, offers IBM compatibility and more. Check it out here.
PERIPHERALS
SPECTRUM disks 25
Another alternative for those in need of mass storage - an interface and disk drive from Watford Electronics.
SOFTWARE
Go for broke 34
Go is one of the oldest games in the world - we look at two packages that bring it bang up to date, just you against your BBC Micro.
REGULARS
Monitor 1
Where next for Acorn, this page; Commodore slashes Plus/4 price, page 2; old boys reunion at Frankfurt Fair, page 3; Acorn - anatomy of a crisis, page 4.
PCN Charts 5
Ups and downs in the crazy world of computers.
Routine Enquiries 7
Cries for help answered here.
Microwaves 8
More hints and tips to help you get the best from your system.
Random Access 9
Dungeon 22
Dungeon master Bob Chappell gets to grips with a murder mystery on the Commodore 64 (and Atari, and Apple, and IBM and . . .)
Software Pre-View 26
Our weekly round-up of the software you can expect to buy soon.
Gameplay 28
Blasters at the ready for the latest in computer action.
Billboard 37
PCN's bargain basement where you can buy or sell.
Quit 40
It's goodbye from us . . . but we at least will be back next week.
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