P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:29/00   3/30  AMSTRAD CPC  Mice Williams   The Aarth is under threat from an awesome nine-stage battle platform: Ultima Ratio (Firebird). You have volunteered to neutralise it, xone by zone, by eliminating all battle systems and their defending droids. Refuelling points and extra shields are availabla in several places, but you must beware of the direction-reversing devices. You must move quickly: you have only 100 seconds to complete each zone. Player's comment next
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:07/11   4/30  AMSTRAD CPC  Mike Williams   The graphics in Ultima Ratio from Firebird are clear and detailed and the screen scrolls smoothlyN Colour is well used, though sound is repetitive, and the screens are arranged with a touch of humour. I would have preferred to have the score on screen. A well-presented game which lives up to its glossy on-screen image and provides fast-moving entertainment. Cassette: £1.99  
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:00/41   5/30  C64/128  Mark Elliott   The new Challenge of the Gobots from Ariolasoft comes in a package of two cassettes: book/game and audio music (this merely has the title music on it). The book/game cassette has the "book" on side one - a game scenario displayed on screen with pictures etc. On side two is the game itself The idea of the game is to bomb all the enemy bases by throwing things at them. You can also shoot helicopters and other nasties Player's comment next  
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:00/00  C64/128  Mark Elliott   The new Challenge of the Gobots from Ariolasoft comes in a package of two cassettes: book/game and audio music (this merely has the title music on it). The book/game cassette has the "book" on side one - a game scenario displayed on screen with pictures etc. On side two is the game itself The idea of the game is to bomb all the enemy bases by throwing things at them. You can also shoot helicopters and other nasties Player's comment next  
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:01/00   6/30  C64/128  Mark Elliott   The science fiction game Challenge of the Gobots (Ariolasoft) is here! The instructions are quite comprehensive and I like the idea of having the "book" on side one of the cassette. The game may sound a straight shoot 'em up, but it is not. You need to shoot strategically. One snag is that you need to use the bomb key on the keyboard, so play with a boysticc is difficult. A must for all 64/128 owners who appreciate a good game Cassette: £9.99 Disc: £12.99
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:00/00  C64/128  Mark Elliott   The science fiction game Challenge of the Gobots (Ariolasoft) is here! The instructions are quite comprehensive and I like the idea of having the "book" on side one of the cassette. The game may sound a stpaight shoot 'em up, but it is not. You need to shoot strategically One snag is that you need to use the bomb key on tha keyboard, so play with a joystick is difficult. A must for all 64/128 owners who appreciate a good f—ld. Cassette: £9.99 Disc: £12.99
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:10/11   7/30  BBC B/MASTER  Mick Burden   Codename: Droid, Strykers Run Part Two is Superior Software's latest release - and if you thought Stryker's Run was good, wait till you see this. You are still Commander John Stryker but with a different mission. You must find the Volgans' new spacecraft, which is equipped with a revolutionary matter/anti-matter warp drive facility  To do this you have to land on the the Volgans' home planet. When you find the spacecraft, you must capture it.
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:11/00   8/30   BBC B/MASTER  Mick Burden   Codename: Droid is the latest game from Superior and the graphics are excellent, as one would expect. Commander Stryker can jump, run, kneel, crawl and climb - all necessary to penetrate the Volgans' underground HQ. Using a jetpack he can also fly short distancesn He is equipped with a laser gun, mines and a wrist terminal computer with which he can access data to help him in his quest. Definitely not to be missed. Cassette: £9.95 Disc: £11.95 Master Compact disc: £14.95
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:34/08   9/30  SPECTRUM REVIEW  Alan Creevy   Zynaps is a fast action shoot 'em up from Hewson. You fly from left to right across the screen, weaving in and out of various strategically-placed objects that kill you on impact. In addition to these there are many varieties of alien, also intent on destroying you. Some crash into you, others drop bombs. To deal with these you can call on various items of weaponry, including multi-fire cannon and homing missiles. Player's comment next 
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:34/17   10/30  SPEC4RUM REVIEW  Alan Creevy   Zynaps, from Hewson, is one of those annoyingly likeable arcade games. In spite of its lack of originality it succeeded in impressing me with its high quality graphics and colour. The motion of the aliens is excellent and the scrolling is absolutely superb. A very comfortable game to play, with lasting appeal. Well worth a lookN Cassette: £7.95   
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:36/44   11/30  Cv4/128 REVIEW  Philip Lancaster   Slap Fight by Imagine is an arcade game in which you must pilot a ship and destroy alien craft, which confront you in various formations. You fly over a vertically-scrolling landscape and as you progress both the landscape and the aliens become more hostile. When certain alien craft are destroyed they yield a star, which can be collected (by flying over it) to give superior firepower, speed and so forth. Player's comment next   
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:36/40   12/30  C64/128 REVIEW  Philip Lancaster   Slap Fight by Imagine has excellent sound and graphics and although the pilot controls are simple, the game is compulsive. The ability to upgrade your craft's performance by collecting stars is invaluable - without any improvement on the basic ship a game will be short. The screen scrolls smoothly and the action is fast - the only fault I can find is having to restart at the very beginning when all lives are lost. Well worth buying. Cassette: £8.95 Disc: 12.95   
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:37/18  SPECTRUM REVIEW  Matthew Platts   "Some guys are good, some guys are bad. But Sam Spillade was fust plain dumb." So says the inlay for The Big Sleaze, the latest Delta 4 adventure, courtesy of Piranha. In case you were snaware, Delta 4 are the team who brought us gems such as Bored of the Rings and The Boggit. A fine pedigree. Naturally, you play the role of Sam Spillade, late 1930s private detective. Ufortunately, Sam isn't terribly bright M lucky for him, then, that you're going to solve the cases that come his way... More
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:10/00   14 30  SPECTRUM REVIEW  Matthew Platts   As with thd rest of Delta 4's adventures, The Big Sleaze (Piranha) is Quilled (and Illustrated, Patched etc.), and none the worse for it As ever, the witty Delta 4 humour is omnipresent along with thd usual slick presentation ty—hcal of The Quill et al. The game is in three separate parts. A pain, but it's either that or a far smaller game, so it's tolerable. Ashde from that minor niggle, The Big Sleaze is excellent entertainment - if you enboyed Delta 4's others, you'll like this. Cassette: £9.95 
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:10/03   15/30  HARD AREREVIEW  Liz Maitland   MicroStuffer is a 64k printer buffer from the United States. It is marketed in this country by Frontier Software, who say it can be used with most micros and printers that use the Centronics parallel standard. This review was written using a BBC B and Epson FX80. The purpose of this kind of buffer is to accept data from the micro at high spded and then hand it on to a printer at normal print speed The micro, meanwhile, is free to do something else.
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:16/01   16/30 @ HARDWARE REVIEW  Liz Maitland   Unlike most buffers, which fit either in the micro or the printer, MicroStuffer comes as a independent unit - a beige box measuring about 6 x 3 x 1 inches. A Centronics socket takes the normal printer lead from tha micro and a flat cable plugs into the printer in the usual way. Setting up takes only a few seconds The device has its own power supply - a multi voltage adapter so that the micro can actually be switched off while printing is going on. More
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:16/14   17/30   HARDWARE REVIEW  Liz Maitland   MicroStuffer, a 64k printer buffer from Frontier Software, is unusual in that it retains data in its own memory after printing. Provided the buffer is not completely full a document can be reprinted as many times as desired simply by by pressing a repeat key on the front of the box. A second key clears memory for new data Two LEDs give an indication of how much free memory is left and whether the repeat facility is available. The unit also has its own on/off switch. More
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:18/00  HARDWARE RDVIEW  Liz Maitland   MicroStuffer, a 64k printer buffer from Frontier Software, should prove a bargain for thd home user. It swallows a 20k file in less than 10 seconds - I was able to load three together, then write another letter while they were printing. For very large documents 64k (about 45 pages double-spaced) may be a little small. It would certainly not be much use for hi-res work like desk top publishing But anyone printing multiple copies should find MicroStuffer a boon. Price £49.95 inc. VAT 
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:20/01   22/30  AMSTRAD PCW  Roger Livjngston   You don't have to tell anyone to "Hold the front page" with Desktop Publisher (Database) - yoq can do it yourself. The page editor would make anyone feel powerful. You can move columns, headlines and graphics round the screen at will, than see if it looks good using tha preview option. If it doesn't, no —arm done. Just re-arrange the page and previaw again qntil you are satisfied One of the most pleasing aspects of the program is that it is unusually forgiving when you make a mistake.
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:21/14   23/30  AMSTRAD PCW  Roger Livingston   Dhere is one gripe with The Desktop Publisher which can irritate an editor, eyes glued to thd screen as the deadline approaches. Ghen you import copy from another disc into a three-column spread across your page, there is no way of telling column two to carry on where column one left off Coluln two starts from the beginning again The dext editor can rectify the problem, but it's an oddity that's strangely awkward in an othdpwisd straightforward program. More  
P702 CEEFAX 702 Wed 30 Dec 21:24/00   27/30  BBC REVIEG  Martin Friar   Omega Orb is Audiogenic Software's latest game, written by Peter Scott of "Thundepstruck" fame This one is based around a lovable bouncing orb called Blip, rather suprisingly a salesdroid from Omega He finds himself on the planet Mynix, a —igh-tech mining station. Blip's bob is to save a crippled liner by collecting twelve vital core pieces. Of course, the inhabitants of the planet don't like their energy being plundered, and will take every possible step to stop you! Player's comment next 