I've been asked to write a regular
column for PAGE 6 outlining some of the new products which are imminent
and others which are as yet only on the horizon. As you are aware, the
ATARI has an enormous number of games, utilities etc. available and these
are increasing at a phenomenal rate. Hardly a week goes by without a new
company launching a new product. Some of the new items are discarded as
not being up to the required standard and others are considered to be
unsuitable for the British market or too expensive etc.
So what's likely to be available in the near future? Let's
begin by looking at some of the new games. SNOOPER TROOPS 1 is a children
to adult adventure with full graphics and animation. It uses the whole 48K
Disk to its limit and is well presented in a beautiful binder with
comprehensive program notes. You have to find the Granite Ghost by touring
around the town in the 'SNOOPMOBILE' taking 'SNOOPSHOTS' with your camera.
You then collate all the information and have to solve the mystery.
Fantastic fun for all the family. WAYOUT finds you trapped in a 3-D Maze!
You can run up and down corridors until you get vertigo. So realistic, you
really feel you are there. Chased by animals who hunt in the Maze - a most
realistic simulation. Plenty of action, sound and graphics, it comes on
32K disk. PLATTERMANIA is a new ROM cartridge which puts you in charge of
a lot of spinning plates on the end of sticks. You have to keep them all
spinning or there are disastrous results.
If you've seen Micro-Painter, you ain't seen nothing yet!
PAINT! is the ultimate painting utility. You can change the width of the
brush, the speed, the shape, the colour. You can even paint with
multi-coloured paint and change to tartans, checks, stripes etc. Zoom in
on two magnifications and paint on pre-drawn pictures. This comes with a
magnificent book on history of art, computer art, modern art and
programming notes. Now the bad news - its on 48K disk but a 16K cassette
is rumoured for the New Year.
Back to games, BEACHES OF NORMANDY is a new war game on
cassette and disk (32K). It features scrolling screen and the full
scenario of the Normandy landing. If you liked Eastern front you'll love
this. ESCAPE FROM TRAAM and CURSE OF CRAWLEY MANOR are just what you 16K
cassette owners have been waiting for - two new Adventures in 16K!
You can now join the Adventure lovers and solve these two intriguing
mysteries from Adventure International. An excellent introduction to
On the Utilities side is DISKEY - a utility to 'unlock'
your disks. You can examine, change or search any disk you want. It will
copy, boot and change files to your specification. I use it all the time
to keep my disk library in order and look at new programs. It requires
32K. FASTCHIP will speed up your Basic programs! This chip is easily
installed and replaces the floating point chip in the O.S. and remains
completely compatible with the Atari O.S. It speeds up the floating point
routines by 3.5 times and indirectly speeds up your Basic too. This will
be available before Christmas. PERCOM DISK DRIVES are now available at
only £375. These are the latest single density drives and are COMPLETELY
reliable. There is also a switchable Double Density/ Single Density Drive
at £475 for those who want this extra facility. Finally, slightly
cheaper!, are WICO COMMAND CONTROL joysticks guaranteed for one year. Once
tried, you will never be able to go back to your plastic poles! They
really are much better.
I've probably ruined your bank balance already, so I'll
stop here but will just mention that there will be another 20 titles
available before Christmas!
I'll try and keep up a regular column so write in and tell
me what you want to read about. I am off to LAS VEGAS in January so there
should be lots of exciting things to tell you about. Until then, keep
racking up those bonus points!