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Vol. 4 No. 2 June 1988
Foreign Languages 1 5
We look at four tutorials specifically designed for your Atari.
Derek Meakin
Alan McLachlan
Rouloc 1 7
Help through The Dungeon from your favourite Atari adventurer.
Ken Hughes
Peter Glover
Five Liners 2 0
More prize-winning mini programs sent in by our clever readers.
Neil Fawcett
Mike Cowley
Pam Turnbull
From small beginnings
We map how Atari has grown from strength to strength.
Games Reviews 2 5
Under the microscope: Rockford, Grand Prix Simulator and more.
Andre Willey
John Snowdon
Monsters 2 8
How to kill the evil beasts in the haunting caves of The Eidolon.
Hints and Tips 3 3
Get more fun out of Alternate Reality II and Fort Apocalypse.
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Hardware Review 3 9
The PrR: Connector: An economical replacement for the 850 box?
Software Solutions 4 1
More programming problems solved by our technical wizard.
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Learn how
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Guide to
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THE odds on breaking the
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Casino Roulette for the
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CDS (0302 21134) has also
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Price E9.99 cassette,
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Bond's back
THE classic 1973 James
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has re-emerged on the Atari
A spokesman for Domark
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Price E9.95 on cassette,
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THE item every Atari 8 bit
owner has been waiting for
has arrived on the scene. A
defi nitive guide to all the
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Atari specialist retailer
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"The typical end user has
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Issued free with this
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guide contains 32 pages of
XL and XE products plus a
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Also included is a com-
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manuals. The accompany-
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Show attracts
record crowds
A RECORD turnout for the
latest Atari User Show saw
more than 17,000 visitor
converge on Alexandra
Palace over the three days.
This was by far the best
attendance since the series
started and was double that
of the previous event held at
the Novotel.
Such was the demand
from Atari users that organ-
isers Database decided to
extend -
awaiting them. Schooltea-
cher George Roberts saved
the equivalent of his return
fare to Glasgow within half
an hour of entering the
Great Hall.
"I must now be the best
kitted out Atari 8 bit user in
the country", he said. "My
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when I told her I was trav-
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All 70 exhibitors reported
business as being at an all
time high, with many having
to send back daily for
additional stock.
Yet the real bonanza was
for the visitors who were
soon appeased for the
delays experienced in
getting in by the bargains
Jackpot for Atari adventurers
release of the acclaimed
Time & Magik trilogy for the
Atari 8 bit market.
The text-only adventure
encompasses three award-
winning titles from Level 9 —
Lords of Time, Red Moon
and Price of Magik. Price
Also coming soon under
the Mandarin label from
cial launch of Mandarin
Software held recently in
"Lancelot is a new con-
cept in adventures", said
Chris Payne of Mandarin.
He added: "And with
Level 9 arguably the world's
leading adventure games
company, Atari users have a
treat in store".
ADVENTURE games fans
are going to hit the jackpot
as a result of a new joint
Mandarin Software, the
exclusive new entertain-
ments software house, has
joined forces with the
renowned Level 9 program-
ming team.
And the end product is the
Level 9 will be a game set in
the Middle Ages, codenamed
And in addition to
enjoying the adventure for
its own sake, players will be
able to take part in a real
time hunt for a silver "grail"
worth 12,000 to the finder.
The news of both titles
was announced at the offi -
June 1988 Atari User 5
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