MID PRICE TITLES FROM ARIOLASOFT
Ariolasoft have just released the first in their
mid-price series for the Atari. All titles will retail at £9.95 on
disk or £7.95 on cassette. D-Bug is an action strategy game set
inside a computer in which you must discover and fix a fault in your
computer before continuing with an interrupted game. Axis Assassin
is an arcade game of 'kill or be killed' arachnids (spiders) with
lots of fast action. To follow will be Kaiser which is a simulation
in which you control a small German province with the political
ambition of becoming Kaiser of Germany.
NEW ATARI RECORDER
Rumours that Atari are leaving the 8-bit field are
"definitely not true" according to Les Player of Atari UK.
The company remain fully committed to the the 8-bit machines and to
demonstrate that commitment have released a new program recorder for
the 800XL/130XE. The new unit is the first peripheral not to require
a separate power pack as it draws power from the Serial I/O port of
Any owners who are looking for a replacement for
the 1010 should contact their dealer now for price and availability.
English Software are very excited about their new
Atari program Elektraglide which they claim has 'features never,
repeat never, seen before on a home computer racing game'. Basically
a futuristic Pole Position it features junctions where the track
splits in two, curved and straight tunnels, high speed 3-D hazards,
perspective scrolling landscapes and steering sensitivity options.
Atari versions require 48k and cost £8.95 for
cassette or £12.95 on disk.
The screen shots certainly look impressive.
SLOW WORD PROCESSORS PAY MORE!
If you have been deliberating over Superscript
(reviewed in issue 17) you may have waited too long! Our review
praised the program highly and now the program has been sold to
MicroPro who produce the world famous Wordstar. They evidently were
impressed by Superscript's capabilities and will now market it in
the U.K. under the banner `from the makers of Wordstar'. Trouble is
the price has gone up to £79.95 but it is still a program well
worth considering even though equivalent imported American word
processors are cheaper.
FREE POSTERS AND A NEW ADVENTURE SYSTEM
Level 9 have recently released their latest
graphic adventure for the Atari and to celebrate are offering FREE
posters to anyone who sends a LARGE stamped addressed envelope to
Level 9, 'The Worm In Paradise Poster', P.O.Box 39, Weston Super
Mare, Avon, BS24 9UR. You don't have to buy the game and the offer
is also open to overseas readers who should enclose International
The adventure is, of course, The Worm In Paradise,
the 3rd part in the Silicon Dream trilogy but the first LEVEL 9
adventure written with their newly developed Adventure system. This
will allow Level 9 to improve their adventures - already of a very
high standard - even further. Improved text compression techniques
allow ordinary English text to be compressed to half its size.
Vocabulary is now in excess of 1000 words with an advanced parser
which can understand a range of commands and it has multi-tasking.
Using separate routines to handle keyboard input, run the game and
draw the pictures the program allows players to 'type ahead' whilst
the pictures are drawn.
The Worm In Paradise is available now at the usual
price of £9.95.
DIGITAL INTEGRATION SUPPORTS ATARI
The U.K. software support for Atari continues with
Digital Integration releasing their first Atari program, Fighter
Pilot. Digital Integration was founded by Dave Marshall and Rod
Swift who worked with the Royal Aircraft Establishment and
transferred their skills to producing flight simulations for micros.
They now have four in-house programmers on of whom is a long time
dedicated Atari enthusiast so we can hope to see more programs for
the Atari in future.