F-15 For ST!
Microprose have some great news
for ST flight simulator fanatics with the conversion of F-15
STRIKE EAGLE to the ST in late September at a price of £24.95.
F-15 has already been written about extensively in many publications
and fully reviewed in PAGE 6 but it will be exciting to see it using
the full power of the ST.
Mastertronic have begun to ship their ST games
which all retail at £9.99. September releases were CHOPPER X
and STRIKE. If the quality is good and they sell well, maybe
it will persuade other manufacturers to offer games software at more
Infocom have a most unusual offering of eight
short stories that are not so much adventures as a series of
wordplay puzzles. Even the title will get you thinking, NORD AND
BERT COULDN'T MAKE HEAD OR TAIL OF IT! Written by Jeff O'Neill,
author of Ballyhoo, it contains all the humour and intellectual
challenge of Infocom's adventures but is designed for those who
fancy solving a puzzle in an evening. Each of the eight tales will
only take a few hours to solve but will challenge you to the full.
Price is £29.99.
English Software, once well known for its
support of Atari, is slowly coming back to the Atari fold with a new
ST release, LEVIATHAN, which is not, as you might suspect,
about whales, but is an arcade style shoot 'em up which looks from
the screen shots to be quite similar to Zaxxon.
Metacomco have been busy upgrading various
products and now have LATTICE C Version 3.04 which seems to
have all features necessary to make it the leading C development
system for the ST. The new version costs £99.95 but upgrades are
available to existing owners for £30. Also released is PASCAL 2
which provides an ISO standard core but with a large range of
extensions for programmers who wish to access the power of the ST.
There are many enhancements to the program and a new manual of over
700 pages giving program developers another powerful tool for the
ST. Price is £89.95.
A new budget range for the ST comes from ANCO
who have a cross-licensing deal with Kingsoft of Germany.
Kingsoft have a large number of games and utilities for various
machines but at the time of writing it was not clear what would be
available for the ST. If the quality is good, it looks like `budget'
software for the ST has finally arrived.
ANTIC Software has released BASE TWO, a
new database which is essentially a powerful extension of DB Master
One which many owners received free with their ST. BASE TWO is
entirely RAM based for speed and has many powerful features together
with a flexible report generator that is compatible with all ST word
Electronic Arts recently launched their U.K. subsidiary
Company with a little party on the Thames at which they announced a
new marketing strategy for the U.K. whereby the Company will
distribute direct to retailers thus ensuring that there is a greater
awareness of Electronic Arts products at the level where it is most
important. Electronic Arts will be supporting the ST with titles
such as BARDS TALE, CHESSMASTER 2000, MARBLE
MADNESS and DEGAS ELITE which will all be repackaged and
re-priced for the U.K. Electronic Arts will also distribute for
affiliated labels and have agreements already with CRL and
Nexus whose titles ACADEMY and SKULLDIGGERY for
the ST are already in the shops.
Electric Distribution, who already handle
Antic Software's products in the U.K. now have a special 'bundling'
deal with Timeworks whose three business packages WORD WRITER ST,
DATA MANAGER ST and SWIFTCALC ST can be had for only
£149 for all three, a saving of £110! Also included in the deal is a
subscription to Softline, a software support service for
Infogrames have an enormous range of
entertainment software lined up for the ST. Many of these have a
typically French style and some unusual themes. Here we go.
SIDEWALK is a mono program in which you have to retrieve you
stolen motorbike and collect your girlfriend with some tickets for a
concert! L'AFFAIRE is another in the successful Crime series
where you travel seven European Cities trying to prove your
innocence having been accused of a crime you didn't commit. THREE
MUSKETEERS is based on the famous book and is an adventure set
in eighty graphical locations. Off you go, D'artagnan! PASSENGERS
ON THE WIND II, is naturally the sequel to the first graphic
adventure and continues the tale to regain the birthright of a
deposed noble lady. Following in October is CHAMPIONSHIP WATER
SKI in which you can take part in three events in the World
Championships. Phoenix is a shoot 'ern up game where you have to
keep the space lanes open fighting pirates and hijackers. BIVOUAC
promises to be one of the most unusual and interesting games being a
mountain climbing simulation! Now you will be able to find out what
Chris Bonnington does with his computer! There's more! In November
you should see SPACE RENEGADE, PROHIBITION 2, THE GRAND VIZIR –
IZNOGOOD, BUBBLE GHOST, STRYFE 2, CRASH GARRETT, CRAFTON 2, ANACONDA
III, BOB MORANE I and CAPTAIN BLOOD. More details as they
are released. Talk about prolific output!