BECOME A MILLIONAIRE!
Microprose Software, the company known for some of
the very best simulations on the Atari, opened offices in the U.K.
towards the end of last year and are now actively looking for top
class Atari software writers with the promise of making them
'millionaires almost overnight'!
Stewart Bell, managing director of Microprose in
the U.K. was quite outspoken towards the end of last year about
other software houses who he claimed treated end users as if they
had 'IQ's less than orang-utans' and he wanted higher standards for
the Atari, based on Microprose's own unequalled excellence in
developing simulation software. Now, Simon Barnard, software
development manager has started the hunt for Atari programmers who
can come up to the company's high standards, not only in developing
simulations but also arcade style games.
Any programmers with ability can expect full
co-operation and support from Microprose who claim to spend in
excess of $1 million in the States developing its simulation
blockbusters. If you fancy your chances give Simon Barnard a ring on
0666 54326 or drop Microprose a line at Microprose Software Ltd., 2,
Market Place, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8DA.
Apart from the chance of getting even more quality software,
Microprose setting up in the UK must be good news for all Atari
owners with increased availability of their existing titles,
including F-15 Strike Eagle, Kennedy Approach and Crusade in Europe
among the eight Atari 8-bit titles currently available on both disk
INFOCOM GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Next in Infocom's famous series of adventures is
Hollywood Hijinx a 'wacky tribute to 'B' movies'.
You have inherited the entire estate of your
Hollywood mogul uncle Buddy but with one stipulation - you can only
claim your booty if you find ten treasures hidden throughout the
sprawling mansion, and you must find them all in one night! Infocom
say that the game is loaded with puzzles that recall the pure logic
problems of Zork and contains one of their zaniest puzzles yet. On
Atari XL/XE at £24.99 and ST at £29.99.
ANOTHER ADVENTURE NEWSLETTER
Sandra Sharkey is the Editor of a nice little
Adventurer's newsletter called Adventure Probe. It doesn't feature
much directly about the Atari but that is probably because none of
you actually subscribe and write to her! What it does have, which
could be of interest to anyone having problems with an adventure is
a whole series of maps and solutions to over 130 adventures(!), many
of which appear on the Atari.
Plenty of hints, gossip, help and adventure trivia
in the newsletter which, unusually, is available on a subscription
from as short as 1 month to 12 months. Send an s.a.e. to Adventure
Probe, 78, Merton Road, Highfield, Wigan, WN3 6AT for more details.
MORE BUDGET TITLES
Look out for more goodies but cheapies from
Mastertronic. Scheduled for release at the beginning of the year
were Gunlaw, Masterchess, Back To Reality, Despatch Rider and Xcel.
Keep 'em coming, especially if they are good!
WHO'S BRIAN CLOUGH?
Surely you must know? He's some sort of wizard computer programmer
from Nottingham, isn't he? He must be because he has a new game out
from CDS Software called BRIAN CLOUGH'S FOOTBALL FORTUNES.
Claimed to be different from other computer games,
because it is in fact a 'board game' (I'm confused!), it is said to
combine the speed of computers with the social aspects of best
selling board games and was written with plenty of
advice from Brian Clough himself. I bet those programmers went
through hell! Between two and five players take on the role of team
managers and each must steer his team through the season in a ten
strong league with other teams managed by the computer or other
Lot's of extras with the cassette or disk,
including a playing board, players cards and money! Prices are
£14.95 on cassette and £17.95 on disk. Should be in the shops now.
WAR GAMES AND PRINT SHOP?
In a very welcome move, providing they can
actually get everything onto the market in reasonable time, U.S.
Gold have announced that they have acquired the rights to the range
of SSI and Broderbund software which includes some of the most
famous wargames of all time as well as long established classics
such as Print Shop. Virtually the whole range of SSI products will
now be marketed by U.S. Gold at (hopefully) reasonable prices,
certainly less than the £50 or more you have had to pay for imports
up to now.
The Broderbund range includes a whole variety of
programs and their back catalogue will appear on the budget
Americana label. As well as best sellers such as Print Shop there
will be a series of interactive adventures.
U.S. Gold's press release doesn't actually say
that there will be Atari versions of all the titles but seeing as
both companies made their names with Atari in the States, we can but
hope for a real bounty!