|Editorial||Sam Book, Sam C, Oh No! More Lemmings Codes|
|Show Special||Pictures And Reports Of 4th Show|
|Invasion||Warren Lee||Good 3 Level Scrolling Shoot-Em-Up|
|Archiver 2||Marián Krivoš||Archives And Compresses Sam Files|
|Tankzap||James R Curry||All Against All Above View Shoot-Em-Up|
|Mod Demo||Stefan Drissen||Demo Of Solar Flare's New Verson 2 Sam Mod Player|
|'The' Interview||Colin Anderton||Interview With Stefan Drissen|
|E-Tunes||Roger Hartley Jack Bailey||Music Written On E-Tracker|
|Fast Player||David Brant||M/C Routine To Play E-Tunes Quickly|
|Green's Games||Matt Green||Othello & Knight's Move|
|Rachel 11&12||Andrew Hodgkinson||The Continuing Tales...|
|Fredex||Colin Anderton||Up To Issue 57|
CA Welcome once again... Well, after a hectic month in April, I think I've just about recovered now. Time to get down to revision - or do FRED. You know, in economics, I should be on chapter 71 by now. I'm on chapter 3. Still, I do lots of revision in lessons (gulp). I don't want to go on about A-levels, but I will say that this week is a very happy one. I've been at school for almost as long as I can remember, and in five days it will ALL be over - for ever. True I've got to pop back in for exams and results, but no more lessons. HURRAY! The sad thing is that as the amount of revision I should be doing increases, the more I do FRED. That's why I'm doing this even before FRED 57 has arrived. So if you're reading this on 3rd June, don't be surprised. CA FRED is five (nearly) Last weekend I had to travel up to Dundee to meet with Colin on an urgent business trip. What was it? Well, I don't know if you noticed, but FRED is nearly five, and he's reached that time of life when he's got to (by law) go to school to receive a proper education. Being quite proud of FRED, and knowing the potential he has, we had to make sure of a good school. In the end, we went for Monifieth First School, mainly because he could then go home for dinner (he's a growing disc). Anyway, to get to the point (before I waste the whole page), issue 60 is only two months away and FRED wants some superb contributions from all of our programmers to celebrate his birthday with. I know that there's enough talent out there to make issue 60 the best, and even to let the celebrations carry on to the next issue. There's about six weeks to get contributions finished by, so please start programming. Pretty please... CA Errrr.... Actually (he says as he turns redder than a cat in a blender) there's another itsy witsy birthday coming up. I'll be 18 on June 30th. Yes, 18. I wonder what my first alcoholic drink will taste like (said very convincingly). If you want to, I mean, you don't have to, but if you felt, that is, it's up to you, but, well, if you happened to be passing a card shop, maybe, er, maybe you could pop inside, if you had time, and - oh I can't say it. I know. If you wanted to annoy Colin Macdonald, what you could do is send me a birthday card via him and he'd have to spend lots of money sending them down to me. Er, hahahaha. It's not that I want a record number of cards (above 6), but if lots of people sent one... Also, bricks or lead weights as presents are perfectly acceptable. Just make sure Colin posts them down. Eighteen and still as childish as when I was seven - joy! CA I think it's time we got this sorted... After reading the FRED newsletter thingumy, I've noticed something which I want changed. Colin Macdonald (and he's not alone) referred to me as the "new editor". NEW? I've been here 8 months now. If someone went to the toilet and was still there 8 months later, his family wouldn't say, "Should we see if he's dead?". "No, he's only just started." No, they wouldn't. They'd realise that 8 months is in fact a very long time. It's true isn't it? Anyway, to cut a long moan slightly shorter, I've decided that from now on, I'd like to be referred to as "Colin, the long-serving editor". Thankyou. I'd also better apologise for a naughty little word that crept into last months editorial. I don't know how it got there, but suffice to say, I was in a rush and it wasn't me, sir. I should have said "taking the pigs", and not what I did say. Anyway, it's not really that bad. Hey, at least I didn't use the word f CA News The big (BIG BIG BIG) news this month is that FRED will be publishing a book all about the SAM Coupe sometime this year. it is hoped that the book will be out in time for Christmas this year and will include many stories from people in the SAM world about their version of the SAM story, and any experiences they have had. Some stories are expected to be quite technical, while others will prove to be very funny. At the moment, Colin is getting in touch with everyone who could have a good story (including me...) and someone who is not involved will decide what will make the final version. I must stress that the book IS NOT going to be a cheap, photocopied thing. It will be produced in the same way as any paperback novel, and could find it's way into some computer shops around the country. Colin Macdonald is funding the project entirely by himself, and although he expects to make a loss on it, feels that it is something that many of us would like to remember our times with CA News the SAM. At the moment, price has not been decided. The main reason for mentioning about this book so early is because we are still looking for SAM stories. If you think you have a story relating to the SAM which you think other people would be interested in reading about, please write down your experiences and send them to Colin. The number of contributions is likely to be very high, so unfortunately we can't guarantee to use your article, but please don't let this deter you from trying. We look forward to seeing what stories you have. The deadline is the 1st September, but the earlier the better. I CAN C CLEARLY NOW... SAM C has continued to sell well since the computer show, and compliments have been coming from people who have found the language surprisingly easy to learn and very powerful. Another menu has been written using it (by a different person from the last one) which should find its way onto the next issue. CA News For anyone who has been sleeping in a cupboard for the past few months, SAM C is the new programming language for the SAM. C has taken off on all higher level computers, is now the most widely used language anywhere and is considered a necessity for any machine. Last April, FRED released C onto the SAM, and various utilities (and eventually, games) will soon be taking the SAM by storm. The chess program that was revealed in Format has been delayed slightly because the programmer is having to contend with those dreaded exams, but the game is expected to be written this summer. Colin would like to thank everyone for obeying his temporary phone rules. He told me that he's been able to get to the pub much earlier now. Except for Thursdays, of course, when he does a bit of work. Before he goes to the pub, that is. CA News SAM Prime, from Phoenix Software Systems is a SAM specific paper-based magazine which comes out bi-monthly. Actually, bi-yearly is maybe a better approximation, but Dave Ledbury (editor) insists that things are getting back to normal: "We're beginning a program of internal restructuring which will drastically improve our service to the SAM community as a whole. To celebrate this we're offering FRED readers a number of special offers." OK, I believe you. Anyway, as I said, SAM Prime is a paper based magazine that costs £1.50, and an additional £1.50 if you want the optional disc that comes with it. Producing the magazine is David Ledbury, the editor (originally from SAM Newsdisk, ZAT) along with Simon Cooke (Technical editor) and Steve Pick (Reviewer/Disk Editor). "One of the order of mammals including monkeys" (or Prime 8 for short) is available on offer at £1.50 for the magazine and the disc. Include an SAE/IRC if possible. The address to write to is: CA News Phoenix Software Systems, Tel : [redacted] [redacted] E-mail : [redacted] Ring/write/e-mail for a free catalogue. FRED readers will also normally be given 10% off all Phoenix published titles, but for the next 6 weeks, a generous saving of 20% is being offered, except for two SPECIAL offers (phew)... Syncytium - £7.50 (norm. £10) A compilation of 20 games/utils from Andrew and Ian Collier Recovery - £6 (norm. £10) Disc/file recovery from Colin 'Quazar' Piggot. Phoenix owes us for that. However, just to make things a bit fairer, a big plug goes out to FORMAT, CRASHED, ZODIAC and any other magazines out there. (FRED is still the best, though). CA Lemmings Codes Yes, here's the final set of codes for Oh No! More Lemmings, that incredible game on the SAM (the first ever 8 bit conversion). HAVOC ===== Level Name Code 01 Tubular Lemmings PDYUHGPI 02 Be more than just a number OCXVGGPI 03 It's the price you have to pay RBWWFGTM 04 The race against cliches QBTWFGVO 05 There's madness in the method LBQWFGTE 06 Now get out of that! KBPWFGTE 07 Creature Discomforts NCWVGGPI 08 Lemming about town MBLXFGJC 09 AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!! XAVIEGKH 10 Flow Control WAPIEGPI CA Lemmings Codes 11 Welcome to the party, pal! ZAOIEGTM 12 It's all a matter of timing YAMIEGUP 13 HIGHLAND FLING TCRWGGKP 14 Synchronised Lemming SERUIGJO 15 Have an ice day VAXXEGWH 16 Scaling the Heights UEOUIGOJ 17 Where Lemmings Dare PHPXIJIB Want to know the last three? Ha ha ha. For the first time, I'm going to use my editorial powers for sheer evil by not telling you what they are... until next month! Ha ha ha. Besides, it'll ruin the game for you if you don't even try to complete the levels yourself. Now go away and stop being so lazy (and rubbish at games). CA FRED Improvements? I really wanted to avoid a moan this month, least of all because you'll all hate me and deliberately forget my birthday. However, it has to be done I'm afraid, because a couple of months ago, you will recall that I did a few pages asking for comments on FRED, and any improvements people can suggest. I got 5 replies. That's about 1% of the readership who could be bothered to reply. Pretty awful isn't it? A lot of work goes into FRED each month from the programmers, from Colin and from me. The reason I got the FRED job was because I said FRED could be improved. How am I supposed to make changes without any input? All I'm asking is for everyone to spend 5 minutes writing down whether they think FRED could be improved, what they like, what they dis-like. Then, send it to Colin. It's not that much to ask, is it? If I get a decent response, I'll discuss changes in the next issue. CA Competition Extravaganza Moaning aside now, Matt Round and I have had a rather nice idea which I think will appeal to many of you. As you will read in the e-tunes scrolly (if anyone reads it???), Matt is giving away various software titles and has donated them to FRED as competition prizes. Well, Matt and I are proud to announce the second mega competition. We've entitled it: The Incredibly Rubbish Game Competition The aim of the competition is to write the WORST game you can. The game has to have a point to it, but should be written in the worst possible way (lots of GOTOs everywhere if written in BASIC). The game can either be really rubbish, can be a nice looking game but with no point to it or could be a whole new sort of invention of a game. Even the "I can't program well enough for FRED" people can have a go. Even I might enter it! The winning game (and any other good (well, bad) games) will be on issue 60, so get writing now... CM Some hardware still available Following the mention of available hardware the other month, there was a flurry of phone calls as items were quickly snapped up. Sadly, I haven't been able to get Slimline disc drives, Mice or SAMBuses in, BUT I do have ... One Megabyte external upgrades, 256K upgrades, printer interfaces, ROM 3 upgrades, power supplies and keyboards. Prices for all these appeared in FRED56. There is now a waiting list for both Slimline disc drives, Mice and SAMBuses, so please do not send in any money for this. If you want, tell me to give you a ring if you're interested in either should I be able to get some more in. CA (Should Be The) Disc Contents Yet another corker of an issue in terms of contributions, I'm pleased to say. How much longer can Colin keep up this trend? In actual fact I've had to compress most pieces of text and most programs in order to cram it all in. If you decompressed it all there could well be almost 1.5 megabytes of FRED bliss! That means that subscribers are paying less than 11p for each 100K! I won't go on (er, yes I will) but you are paying as little as 1.4p per screen, compared to around 20p in most PD libraries. And reading this paragraph has only cost you 0.000475p! Wow. By the way, that's why on some programs the screen turns green before the program runs. This also means that if Colin went by this estimation, he should be paying me around 10p for the amount of disc space I fill. Blimey, he is paying me the going rate after all. Hang on. We don't pay for text articles. Oh dear. CA (The Actual) Disc Contents Slot D is a Gamesmaster shoot-em-up. Don't start moaning, because this has to be the best written shoot-em-up (for a Games creating package) that I've seen for a long time. It may even appeal to the Gavin Smiths of this world! There are three levels (I think) of shooting action. Each level has an end of level baddy and the occasional pick-up. It's nicely presented, and fun to play. It was written by Warren Lee, and I look forward to seeing more from him. Thanks, Warren. Slot E contains the second mega utility from SAM C author, Marian Krivos. After the imploder on issue 56, this is the disc archiver. For anyone not familiar with the term 'archive', an archive is a number of programs that have been put into one file and are usually compressed. They are used very regularly on the PC's and Archimedes of this world, and now you can archive programs on your SAM. Programs can't be run from the archive, but they are an extremely useful way of storing files and are CA Disc Contents decompressed onto a disc by just loading the archive. When you load the program, you are presented with a somewhat empty looking screen. Insert the disc you want to scan for files and press F1. Keys are displayed along the bottom, so there's no real need to memorise what they do, just remember the terms. The pointer is controlled by cursor keys and pressing RETURN over a file selects or deselects it. F6 selects them all. Once you have selected the files for your archive, you must press F2 to link them all. They will then load, after which you will be asked if you want to compress them. If you type Y, they will be compressed and archived. If you type N, they will just be archived (which is much quicker). You will then be asked if you wish to save the file. If you answer Y, you will be asked for a filename, and then you have finished. Pressing N returns you to the control bit where you CA Disc Contents can select different files or affect your linked file by pressing F3 to compress it or F4 to save it. To de-archive the file, you only need to have loaded a DOS. Simply LOAD "archivename" CODE and you will be asked for a destination disc. Note : I have not explained the various compression modes here because I explained all these in issue 56 and it takes a while. If in doubt, just press RETURN for the default values. Feel free to send compressed or archived files into FRED, but when they are included on the magazine, they will be de-archived and so try not to use too many files. Thank you. In slot F, there is a very playable game for up to 4 players. Strictly speaking, you can play with 1 player, but that sort of takes the point out of the game. However, get a few people CA Disc Contents round, and it really is surprisingly fun. Each of the players controls a tank and the idea is to gang up on people and shoot their tank. You get 1 point for each tank you shoot, but lose all your points when you die. Press DELETE for a different board, and the keys 1 to 4 for the corresponding player to join in. The programmer is Gamesmaster lover, James Curry. Moving to slot H, you will see that there is no NET or Anonimity this month. Instead, there is the interview with Stefan Drissen that was mentioned last month. Due to the amazing length of it, it's got its own section, but I'm sure many people will agree that it's maybe more relevant to the SAM than the NET is. If you get bored because Stefan keeps going on about MOD players and things, pretend you're reading a biased review. Hopefully there'll be more interviews to come. If there is anyone you would like tracked down and interviewed, please write and we'll see what we can do. Use cursors and SPACE in the text viewer to use the various options. Clicking on the question mark on the control panel gives you information on the other functions. CA Disc Contents In slot G we have a demo of the new MOD player which Stefan seems so proud of. Only the built in tune can be played, but you will notice a difference. The only problem now is that you get more interference from the TV than you do due to the sound chip! Unless you have an expensive telly, that is. Thanks go to R. Hartley and J. Bailey for this months E-tunes. The next program is a utility which will probably only appeal to the machine coders out there, sorry. It's from David Brant (whose nick-name is not Shandy, that's his house. Oops.) and is a faster player for e-tunes. Apparently, e-tunes waste lots of machine code time normally, but David's player speeds them up considerably. There are full instructions and an example within the program. I hope it is of some use to the coders out there. Thanks David. Rachel gets nearer to the end of the saga in parts 11 and 12. CA Disc Contents Matt Green has sent in two nicely presented classic games, Othello and Knight's Move. Both should be known to you and are under slot K. Brief instructions are provided for anyone who hasn't played either before. It's nice to see more and more people using excellent presentation in games. Cheers Matt. Slot B doesn't contain letters, shock horror. They're being held back an issue because we have a SHOW SPECIAL!!! Indeed, there are show reports and some rather embarrassing screens which have been scanned from the photos taken at the recent SAM and Speccy show. Allan Clarkson did all the photo taking and scanning. The show reports are from Stewart Skardon, Matt Round and Peter Moore. Hold down SPACE at the start if you only want a slideshow of pictures. See if you can spot my jumper in the group shot. And you might be able to make out Colin's kilt. Finally, thanks to Lee Willis for this months excellent machine code menu. Please note how many colours there are. Also, try and spot the word in his scrolly that I had to change. CA Thanks 2, 4, 6, 8, Who do we appreciate? : COLIN ANDERTON 2, 4, 6, 8, Who do we really hate? : COLIN MACDONALD (only joking) My warmest and deepest gratitude goes to... Stewart Skardon Warren Lee Matt Green Peter Moore James Curry Andrew Hodgekinson Allan Clarkson Stefan Drissen Brian McConnell Martin O' Connell Roger Hartley Lee Willis Matthew Beaman Jack Bailey Matt Round Marian Krivos David Brant Anonimity Smith FRED is available from: [redacted] ] What a busy little page Remember, FRED disc --ooOoo-- magazine is (C) FRED Publishing Phone [redacted] Please buy your own copy. >>> REVIEWS FOLLOW >>> CA Review of SC_Word Pro £29.99 : Steve's Software : Steve Nutting Although the SAM Coupe has a number of word processors, there has not yet been anything that can produce PC style and quality print-outs. However, SC_Word Pro is the first package that makes an attempt to bring this style to the SAM. The first thing that is noticeable about SC_Word Pro is the excellent quality of the manual. An A4 bound manual with a professional cover and very high quality print comes with the program, along with a few extra inserts and advertisments. The manual has been written to ensure that even the least experienced person is able to use SC_Word Pro. It takes you through every step in the process of making your working copy of SC_Word Pro and backing up your fonts discs. It then tells you how to get into it and the controls, and then tells you that the manual was done using SC_Word Pro! The process of backing up the main program is relatively simple. You first select which character set you prefer, from about 30 different ones (although there is little difference between a lot of them) and then you choose your printer. SC_Word Pro then backs it all up onto a working disc, for which Steve has kindly included a sticker. You are then able to make a direct back-up of this if you wish (another sticker is provided!). The fonts discs available contain two fonts on each disc, but in order to be able to use these, you must decompress each font onto another disc. That means you need another two discs for each font disc. The process of backing up is a simple on, but very laborious and time consuming, especially if you've bought the extra fonts discs. Each font has a normal and bold part to it, although instead of bold, some discs have another new font on. If you buy the extra packs, you'll find that there is a massive range of fonts, ranging from the very sensible to a set of clip art (which is very useful). When you first load SC_Word Pro, all the features it has are very daunting. The main menu only has a few options, but there is a preference menu which has dozens of various options. Gulp. Thankfully, the manual comes to the rescue again explaining how to set the page margins, how to save the page margins, how to set any other preferences and how to begin. Before you produce the document, I found it a good idea to plan it out. This means that you don't sit there (as I did) guessing as you go long, and producing a complete mess. When you enter the word processing bit, you must select the font you want, the size, whether you want it underlined, centred, justified, etc.. and then you will enter the word processor with two control codes placed to the left of the cursor. In the word processor, you can only type in the character set you selected earlier. It is impossible to print the fonts out on screen due to the lack of memory and speed of the SAM. Unfortunately, in order to find out what it will look like on paper, you have to print it and fiddle around with it afterwards. Fortunately, there is a draft facility as well as a the hi-res print-out option. There's not much more I can say about the editor. I know I've said very little, but there isn't much to it. It's really simple to use and has the basic 'setting out' choices that you would expect from an advanced package like SC_Word Pro. I would recommend that you bought the extra font packs, because the four fonts supplied with SC_Word Pro are very professional, but you need more variety. The pictures of envelopes & phones will come in useful on the fonts packs, and I'm sure you can find somewhere to put a picture of Calvin and Hobbes. Printing graphics (this is a graphic other than the clip art) is possible, although not very easy. There is a separate program to allow you to dump the pictures onto your page, but you must line up the page correctly for another print and this is not easy on some printers. I have found that the easiest way of producing good looking adverts or pages is to do many bits separately and then print each part out separately on the same page. Very tedious, and irritating if you make a mistake, but the result is worth it. And it is worth it. The print-out quality is very high, and easily matches up to that on other computers. If a professional document is required for anything, SC_Word Pro can produce it. It isn't as quick as a PC, but the result is amazing, and certainly not something I had expected a SAM to be able to produce. I do have a couple of moans though. The only real gripe is that it would have been nice to have some sort of print preview system. I know it's impossible to print the text on screen, but couldn't you have a mock page on which pixels are plotted to show you how far down you are? It would have been nice if you didn't have to decompress fonts, but at least it keeps the price down. It may also have been possible for the manual to be a little more detailed concerning the actual editing. The key to SC_Word Pro is patience. If you have what it takes to sit down, print out your attempts, modify them and keep trying, you'll end up with a first class document. If you want to produce high quality documents, SC_Word Pro is ideal. CA Review of Almost Blue After that pathetic attempt at a joke last month, Derek actually sent me "Almost Blue", so I'd better review it. THE REVIEW £2.00 : SAM PD : John Conner Crikey! What can I say, except that the screens on this disc wouldn't be allowed on FRED. Erm, 60% ---------- Have you noticed how I slave away reviewing SAM games? Well, a few weeks ago, my chance came to review (and so, keep) a piece of hardware. Instead, Colin decided he'd have a go at reviewing something. Amazing co-incidence, Colin. Grrrr. CM SAMDAC Review £25.00 : Stefan Drissen Cue trumpet fanfare - my first review in, oooh, several years at least. However, this review is allowed because it's of a new piece of SAM hardware. This is a rare enough occurance, but combine that with the fact that it's me writing this and you have a positively once-in-a-lifetime event. The hardware in question is one of the plethora of soundboard extensions - first we had EDDAC which you had to build yourself, then Colin Piggot did Quazar which was great apart from the £60 price tag, so ever the man to say "How high?" when FRED asks someone to jump, Stefan Drissen has leapt to the rescue with an impressive, yet affordable, device. At the Gloucester Show Stefan handed me a professional looking black box with two leads from it (one to Audio Out, and one to your printer interface -!? Don't ask!) and a socket for connection to the amplification device of your choice. CM SAMDAC After connecting Stefan's black box between my SAM and my hi-fi, the only task left to do was load up the new (commercial) MOD player which comes free with the SAMDAC. Once loaded, I could choose from a selection of MODs on the disc - or go back through dozens of FREDs trying all the old MODs.... ......FOUR HOURS later, and I've played every single MOD on SAM I could get my hands on. Why? Because the difference is amazing! No more interference, no more crackles - just excellent sounding samples which make the excellent MOD tunes even better! I'll be honest, and own up to the fact that I do have an Amiga and a PC. We all know that SAM has matched them on graphics (prime example - Lemmings), but although the MODs were great on SAM, play the same MOD on an Amiga and it sounded much more 'real' - like it would be if it was on the radio. SAM now happily competes with both Amiga and PC on MOD quality. CM SAMDAC So, you've got the idea - I loved SAMDAC. Added to that were some interesting details from Stefan : A WAVe plyer has been written for the SAMDAC. SAMDAC gives stereo 8-bit DAC, and playing MODs through it means they are EIGHT times the quality of the sound chip! The new MOD player included also supports the soundchip, Blue Alpha sampler and the Quazar, includes all Amiga Protracker effects, allows direct loading of PC MOD files, and has the COMET source to MOD playing included so other programmer's can make full use of everyone's soundboard add-ons. Even if you will not be getting the SAMDAC, MOD file addicts may want to get the new MOD player anyway - £5 from Stefan himself or through Derek Morgan. CM SAMDAC And you get all this in the form of hardware (SAMDAC) and the new MOD player software for just £25. Twenty five pounds? Compared to PC soundcards weighing in at around £100 this is a veritable bargain, but we are talking about something that only improves the quality of MOD files. In the future, hopefully SAMDAC routines will be integrated into games and demos, but that's all going to take some time. What it boils down to is this : if have 25 quid to spare and would like to hear much improved MODs through SAM, get this. If you have 60-odd quid to spare, get Quazar. But to be honest, I don't know how many people would consider it worthwhile. For fun-filled enjoyment of your MODs, send £25 to Stefan at : [redacted]
> Cowseeker Computer Log * Sponsored By Hipposoft 2442 * Origami Drive disengaged. Time/Space restabilised. Flags of all worlds extended.. Fanfare.. Wait Flags of all worlds retracted Calculating posit... XXX ??? XXX Why has a fish just flown past my CPU? ---- "That's a bit Monty Python," thought the Spacerat. ---- Their front legs touched. Antennae waved fitfully, and sporadic gasps escaped from the Peribeetles' microscopic mouths. The crowd jeered loudly, ("Bripp, Bripp, Bripp,") and the Peribeetles edged yet closer, in determined, controlled movements unprecedented in the whole of Peribeetle history... ---- "Did you see that?" said Diggy. "What?" asked Rachel. Diggy looked again, and frowned. It wasn't there. "Oh nothing," he said, giving up. "Fine," said Rachel. "Any idea where we are then, Merdyl?" "Fish..." muttered Diggy. Merdyl cast a short, worried look in his direction and then glanced back at Rachel. "Um, well according to the Bovine Detect-O-Matic we're in a Strange, New Universe." "That's not much help," interjected Harold. "I did see it," said Diggy, irrelevantly. "WHAT??" shouted the others. "A fish! A fish just flew through the main computer!" At this point Diggy noticed a Gibbon hanging from the cabin supports. It was also at this point that Diggy realised it was Freeda. "See what I mean?" he asked. "He must be mad," said the Dark, Shadowy Figure. "He tells us he sees fish and all he can show us is Freeda turned into a Gibbon." "Who's a Gibbon?" said Freeda, back to normal. "Oh, no-one," said the Dark, Shadowy Figure tactfully, not wanting to start an argument. For a short while everyone was silent as the bridge of the Cowseeker temporarily inverted, flipped back, and turned into a Munch Bunch Yoghurt for precisely 8.56 seconds before returning to normal. "I'm beginning to get the Bovine Detect-O-Matic's point, now," said Diggy. "What's it saying at the moment?" "~Told you so~," said Merdyl. "Told me what?" "No, that's what it's saying." "Ah, I see," said Diggy, not seeing. Everyone decided to shut up for a while and try to get less confused. ---- Plollop! "Brrrippppp," said the astonished crowd, in awe. One peribeetle had just knocked the other out. For the sake of historical accuracy it is not necessary to note which beetle knocked out which since nothing else had been exactly precise before hand. And From That Day Onwards, Things Were Never The Same Again... ---- "Had we better land?" said Diggy, breaking the silence. "Pardon?" asked everyone. "Sorry if I'm a bit muffled, it's just that it's a bit hard to speak when you're a portable desk-lamp." "I quite understand," said the Dark, Shadowy Figure, who had temporarily adopted the shape of a brown leather-effect sofa. "I'm not sure if we should," said Harold, who had worked out what Diggy had said. "Can we put up with all these changes?" "Oh, it shouldn't be too bad down there," said Diggy, pointing his bulb at the viewscreen, which had, for the time being, taken on the shape of a viewscreen. "That planet hasn't changed for ages. Perhaps things are a bit more stable down there?" Everyone did their best to look where he was indicating. "Anyway," he continued. "I don't know what you're bothered about. You've stayed the same sized, boring greyish cube ever since we got here." Diggy was rather pleased with this argument. He wanted a fight because he was miffed about being a portable desk-lamp, and thought this a particularly strong footing to start on. "How do I know I'm not going to change sooner or later, though?" asked Harold. "Ah," said Diggy, and put his failure down to the fact that it's a bit hard to get a strong footing when you haven't got any feet. "I say we should go down and see what happens. After all, I can't see it getting much worse than this," said Merdyl, who had turned a rather fetching shade of sky-blue. All the others nodded. Diggy then notified the rest of the crew that any changes generally didn't last for more than about five minutes, which meant he shouldn't be a portable desk-lamp for much longer, told them not to worry, and then ordered Freeda to pilot the Cowseeker down. After a short discussion about the controls, which closely resembled a fruit salad at that point in time, Freeda managed to start the descent program using two apples, a banana, and a kiwi fruit; the Cowseeker drifted majestically down towards the planet's surface. Where the Peribeetles were waiting for them. -+* To Be Continued! *+- +--------------------------------------------------------------+ | | | Hipposoft Presents: | | | | An Epic Tale of For Fredatives | | an Accident, A "Rachel" /Fred Magasine | | Man And His Cows Hipposoft 1992 | | | | Or, "The Forgotten Enemy" | | | +--------------------------------------------------------------+ LAST TIME... Having lost the talent competition, Merdyl had managed to scramble into the Cowseeker just before it took off. She might have been better off back on the planet, since once the Origami drive disengaged the crew found themselves in a Strange, New Universe, where nothing stays the same shape for long. Not to be put off by this, they ventured forth to a nearby planet - shame really, they were hoping to be first - unaware of the Peribeetle civilisation below... A long, long way away, on a planet far, far below, the peribeetles were watching the descent of their God. They sat, silent, reverent, hundreds of thousands of minute bodies staring skyward, waiting, biding their time... They watched it as fellow humans would watch it, if there were any fellow humans, only they saw the event four times slower. As is often the case, things with longer life spans tend to live life more slowly, thereby getting no more out of their time than anyone else. "Plollop, Plollop, Plollop!" they suddenly cried, shouting the fourth word they had acquired during the Great Fight, and moved in unison across the surface, surging towards the shadow of the descending Being, a black, undulating carpet of minuscule creatures with a vastly overinflated sense of importance. ---- "Engage gravity pads," said Diggy, who had turned back to himself again. "Gravity pads engaged," said Freeda, relieved that the fruit salad controls were also back to normal. (In fact, she noted, everything seemed to have settled down as soon as the Cowseeker had entered the atmosphere of the planet.) From underneath the Cowseeker came the soft lilac glow. The Spacerat watched with little interest. It'd seen the Cowseeker land before, and hadn't been impressed then. That was, until it spotted a small black shape moving across the ground towards the Cowseeker's estimated point of arrival. THUMP! "We've landed," announced Freeda, stating the obvious. "Oh, well done!" patronised Diggy. "Let's see what's out there..." Diggy picked up Harold and motioned for Merdyl, Rachel, Freeda and the Dark, Shadowy Figure to follow. He asked the rest to look after the bridge and the rest of the crew. They went outside. "Bripp!" shouted the Peribeetles, in unison. ("Hail!") - The Creator had landed! After the revolution would now come conquest - movement had been achieved, their language could cope with whole new fields of expertise, nothing stood in their way! And now the prophesy had come true! The Creator had landed, and the Universe would be theirs! Onward, the entire Peribeetle population of Peri Alpha ran... ---- "We appear to be on the planet Peri Alpha," explained Harold, who had examined the atmospheric composition, visible constellations, topographical and geological features and the signpost near where they had landed. "Used to be full of life, but everything was killed off by polluted rain. The only thing that survived was a minute beetle, which lives off what are, to us, toxic chemicals in the water." "Fascinating," said Rachel, opening her eyes and standing up. "What do we do now we're here then? Aren't we supposed to find some cows or something?" "Good point," said Diggy. "We'll, um, er..." "Consult the Bovine Detect-O-Matic," suggested the Dark, Shadowy Figure. "Ah, good idea," said Diggy. "Merdyl?" "It says, ~Guess again,~" answered Merdyl. "I think it means we're on the wrong planet." "Hoopy," commented Diggy sarcastically. "Tell it that we don't care how rare and valuable a piece of equipment it is, we'll turn it into a PC-Compatible Nimbus computer if it doesn't start being of some use." "It says, ~There's no need to take that attitude~." "Nimbus," reminded everyone, simultaneously. "It now says, ~Try Peri Beta, this planet's moon,~" said Merdyl. "Apparently, it's on the dark side of the planet." "You mean this world doesn't rotate?" "It would seem not." "Weird," said Diggy. "Back to the Cowseeker, I suppose." He turned round, stared at the hatchway for a second, then shouted, "Hey, what's that?!" Everyone looked. A pause. "What?" asked Rachel. "Oh, it's gone now!" "That much is obvious." "It must have been me... I could have sworn I saw a black sort of carpet... Oh, never mind." "Ignore him, he's still dazzled after having a bulb for eyes," explained Freeda sympathetically, and went back inside. The others followed. ---- Hmm, thought the Spacerat. This could get interesting. ---- And the Peribeetle conquest of the Universe had begun... ---- "Take your positions, everyone!" Just as everyone was walking towards their stations, several things happened at once. For example, Diggy dropped Harold, for no reason other than sheer ineptitude. Meep Meep Meep! "OOoo, me legs hav- Baaa!" exclaimed Freeda, collapsing. Crunch. Meep Meep Meep! "That's better," said Freeda, standing up. "What was that?" asked Diggy. "Me turning on," answered Harold. "No," said Diggy impatiently, "not that!" "Me speaking?" queried Freeda. "No, before that!" "What then?" "That sort of crunching sound! If anyone has been eating crisps in here and they complain to me about their consoles getting covered in salt and vinegar, don't expect any sympathy at all!" Everyone looked at the ground, feeling guilty. There was no reason for it, except for the fact that everyone always feels guilty when a large group of people is told off for doing something no-one in the room has. Suddenly... "Yuk!" exclaimed Freeda. "What on earth is this?" She was trying to brush some sticky black bits off her fleece with her hoof. There was a short pause whilst everyone looked at Harold, who was thinking about it. Then he said, "Squashed Peribeetles." ---- And the Peribeetle conquest of the Universe ended... ---- "Ha ha ha!" said the Spacerat, who was feeling like being nasty for a while. ---- Completely unawares of what had happened, the Cowseeker ventured forth, headed for Peri Beta. Unfortunately, the threats to the Bovine Detect-O-Matic had made it "forget" to mention that Peri Beta had a much bigger single remaining lifeform to deal with. And that lifeform knew that Peri Alpha's only remaining creatures had just been completely wiped out by a sheep. And it was annoyed... Very, very annoyed. -+* To Be Continued! *+-
From Warren Lee
Just thought I would add a few screenshots for ‘Invasion’, which I was lucky enough to get published on this issue of FRED.
For those who haven’t played, I wrote it in Games Master as my effort at creating an ‘R-Type’ style game for the SAM (Yes, I know it’s not quite there!). But I also wanted a space shoot-em-up with achievable progress and a proper ending, rather than the usual seemingly endless waves where the only goal is a higher score.
So if you play through all three levels, you get three distinct end-of-level bad guys, progressively more difficult waves of ships (but not too difficult), and an end sequence of the alien command ship blowing up. There are three levels of difficulty, which can be chosen on the title screen with buttons 1,2 & 3. Difficulty levels 2 & 3 each add an extra image to the ending, to reward the effort.
This was my first published SAM game, and great fun to make. Keys are q,a,o,p & space or joystick.
(The sequel, inventively called ‘Invasion II’, is a platform game that can be found on the cover disk of SAM Revival issue 10)
From Matt Green
Total blast from the past, my first published games complete with spelling mistakes, bugs, and dodgy programmer art :p
Following Warrens post, I've uploaded some screens. As far I remember it was programmed in Basic, maybe with a few bits of assembly? 21 years I can't even remember breakfast.
Really chuffed to find this stuff, thought it was lost for ever.