Classic Computer Magazine Archive START VOL. 3 NO. 12 / JULY 1989

Products Update

New ST Software and Hardware
Compiled By Marta Deike
Start Editorial Coordinator

New Games from Mindscape

Based on the enchanting film by George Lucas, Mindscape's new graphic adventure, Willow, sends you through a treacherous maze of dungeons, forests and ice caves in your quest to save all that is good in the world by destroying the evil Queen Bavmorda. The game follows the plot of the movie, but a reset option lets you create new maps, scenes and spells for an entirely new perspective. There are seven different game sequences in which you have eight chances to fail. Sounds easy, but fatal traps are set everywhere.

dejavu.jpg Survival is your goal
in Deja Vu II: Lost in
Las Vegas, Mind-
scape's sequel to
Deja Vu: A Night-
mare Comes True.
As a daring PI, you
have a week to
come up with the
100,000 G's you
owe the mob,
or else.

Survival in the City of Excitement is your goal in Deja Vu II: Lost in Las Vegas, Mindscape's sequel to Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True. As a daring private detective, you first regain consciousness Iying in a seedy hotel bathtub and realize you're in big trouble "wit de mob." You have a week to come up with 100,000 smackers, or else. What will you do? There's a multitude of clues that will save your neck--but then again . . .Willow, $49.95. Deja Vu II, $49.95. Mindscape, 3444 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062, (312) 480-7667.


Software Seasonings announces the release of Creatilities, a fully GEM-based utility for use with their PrintMaster Libraries. Creatilities includes its own advanced bitmap editor that lets you import any part of a DEGAS (compressed or not), Tiny or NEOchrome image into your library. The bit-map editor is designed to help you create icons or borders and includes many of the advanced functions found in other graphics packages such as block manipulation and cut and paste.

Even if you don't own PrintMaster, Creatilities can open the entire set of graphic libraries to other applications through the use of exporting libraries to DEGAS files. You can browse through a library, then select the icons or borders you want for exporting. And desktop-publishing programs can use the libraries as a source of clip-art. Creatilities, $24.95. Software Seasonings, 1002 Recio, San Antonio, TX 578225, (512) 533-3222.

Books for the ST User

Everything you ever wanted to know about MIDI but were afraid to ask is now contained within a new book from M&T. The MIDI and Sound Book for the Atari ST covers everything from the fundamentals of MIDI to the development of MIDI programs. Topics include MIDI commands, programming the ST sound chip, control for MIDI instruments, everything about professional music software, MIDI programming tools and conversion tables. This is the book not only for musicians wanting to write their own ST music software, but for the musically ambitious beginner as well. MIDI and Sound Book for the Atari ST, $17.95 (book only), $34.95 (with disk), M&T Books, 501 Galveston Drive, Redwood City, CA 94063, (415) 366-3600.

For the novice and professional programmer alike, Antic Software has published the Concise Atari ST Programmer's Reference Guide, covering the ST's operating system as well as the Mega. This comprehensive manual describes in detail all of the ST's features and in general all facilities available such as disks, files and interfaces. The information is presented in a condensed, tabular format. The Concise Atari ST Programmer's Reference Guide, $24.95. Antic Software, 544 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, (800) 234-7001.

For those of you who have played, are playing or plan to play Dungeon Master from FTL, Computer Publications has the solution to your problems. The Dungeon Master Adventurer's Handbook gives detailed information on everything you need to know to conquer and enjoy Dungeon Master. It includes tips on characters, magik, combat and monsters, and provides level-by-level overviews as well as copies of all the dungeon maps. Dungeon Master Adventurer's Handbook, $8.95. Computer Publications, Unltd., P.O. Box 2224, Arvada, CO 80001, (303) 423-6805.

solarsystem.jpg WinterTech presents
The Computer
Guide To The Solar
System, an "inter-
active atlas" that
lets you study the in-
terior structures of
the sun, moon and
planets as well as
interstellar physics.

Educational Software from Winter Tech and Computer Keys

Do you know where there's a world shaped like a peanut? Or where you would find liquid hydrogen that acts like metal? With its first entry into the ST market, WinterTech presents The Computer Guide To The Solar System, an "interactive space atlas" that lets you study the interior structures of the sun, moon and planets as well as interstellar physics. With over 100 screens of 3D graphics and animation, you can watch atomic particles collide in the sun's core, solar and lunar eclipses and the birth and death of the sun. The Computer Guide to the Solar System, $55 (Introductory offer at $45 expires 8/89). WinterTech, 111 Granada Court, Orlando, FL 32803, (407) 425-1199.

Animals from Computer Keys is a fun and educational program for young children. A color-coded menu and visual symbols let your child sort, match and assemble more than 1,700 combinations of real and imaginary animals (like the Loch Ness monster). Correctly assembled animals can then be stored on a delightful animated circus train or in a pasture on the farm. There is also a unique sound-effects feature that includes train whistles, the sounds of rivers and wind and the usual voices of the animals. Animals, $34.95. Computer Keys, 21929 Makah Road, Woodway, WA 98020, (206) 776-6443.

If you have a new product for the ST, we'd like to hear from you. Please send press releases and product photos toProducts Update, START Magazine, 544 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.