Issue 18 is quite a packed issue! More pages than the previous few issues, and a jam packed coverdisk!
Let's kick off with what's on the disk. First up are the three brand new emulators from Simon Owen. He's been busy getting the SAM being other machines and has completed his Galaksija and Orao emulators which were announced in the previous issue. The Galaksija is a Z80 based computer from Yugoslavia, while the Orao is a 6502 based Croation system so that's using Simon's latest 6502 CPU emulator core. Both are now fully emulated on the SAM and there's a pile of games on the disk for each system. To finish off his hat trick Simon has also released an Apple 1 emulator too!
It doesn't stop there! Also on the coverdisk is the latest version of Chris Pile's SAM Defender, and also Captain Comic - a classic platformer by Lars Persson which was first released back in 1994 and was a remake of a freeware PC game. Wrapping up the coverdisk there's also a demo I've coded up to copy an old school effect from the Amiga and includes the source code.
Onto the paper side. 40 pages jam packed with news and articles. The Developer Diary is bursting at the seams with information from Simon about all three of his new emulators, and there's also the first screenshots of ISAAC - the port of Rebelstar that's being developed by Stuart Brady and Warren Lee.
This issue also sees the start of a new programming column. I've looking at recreating some demo effects from the Amiga on the SAM, and tackle a two layer tile based scroller. The issue wraps up with the compulsory sprinkling of SAM Snippets with bits of trivia from the SAM world.