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Volume 5

Number 11

January 1988

Managing Editor
Derek Meakin

Group Editor
Alan McLachlan

Features Editor
Peter Davidson

Production Editor
Peter Glover

Assistant Features Editors
Steve Turnbull
Robin Nixon

News Editor
Mike Cowley

Technical Editor
Mike Cook

Promotions Editor
Christopher Payne

Reviews Coordinator
Pam Turnbull

Advertisement Manager
John Snowden

Advertising Sales
Peter Babbage

Gail Blincow

Published by:
Database Publications Ltd.

ABC 59,727
January-June 1986


  • News
    All the latest happenings in the ever-changing world of your BBC Micro.

  • MicroLink News
    More up-to-date reports from Britain's largest online database

  • Adventures
    Using good language, plus the solution to Philosopher's Quest.

  • Programming Adventures
    Handy hints on how to build characters into your own fantasies.

  • Problem Solved
    Solutions to some of those mind-boggling hardware problems.

  • Library
    More high-quality routines brought together for you to use.

  • Hac Man
    Latest news about BBC Micro games, plus hints, tips and cheats.

  • Computing in Action
    Get into the seasonal spirit with this electronic drinks mixer.

  • Ceefax Guide
    What's coming this month on the BBC's telesoftware pages.

  • Body Building
    Build your own version of Nine Pins, and never pick up the skittles again.

  • The Z88 Link
    Why and how this new portable could be a partner for the BBC Micro. Find out all about it.

  • Archimedes' Q&A
    You questions about the fantastic Acorn super-micro answered.

  • Beginners' Comms
    What you need to look for when you buy a modem.

  • Soapbox
    Gary Partis presents his personal view of the BBC Micro games world.

  • Gallery
    Artistic masterpieces created on the BBC Micro by our readers.

  • Letters
    The chance to get your news, views, moans and name into print.


  • Ram Wars
    This month we present part one of a unique BBC Micro game in which you create computer programs that fight for domination of the computer's memory.

  • Barney Bee
    Fun for everyone with this delightful game of bees and flowers.

  • Avengence
    Superb graphical version of the classic hidden-code strategy game.


  • Cut-out Programs
    Two great little utilities to ease copying of graphic cutouts.

  • Disc Backup
    Make your programs secure by storing them all on tape - in one go.

  • Picture Gallery
    Display nine pictures on screen at once, and expand them at will.


  • Software Scene
    Our experts cast a critical eye over the latest games releases.

  • Wave Theory
    Two complementary packages for displaying wave characteristics.

  • Advanced Basic
    An in-depth review of the latest upgrade of Basic for your micro.

  • MicroStuffer
    A time-saving printer peripheral goes on our test-bench.

  • Midi Magic
    Under the microscope: Two systems to make your BBC Micro play music.

  • Language of Adventures
    A new system for easing the writing of adventures is put through its paces.

  • Archimedes Reviews
    We take a close look at Artisan, the new full-feature art program.

  • Reviews Update
    Index of all the hardware and software reviews from our past 12 issues.


  • Update
    All the latest product information in the education world of the BBC Micro.

  • Conversion Factors
    This program provides easy conversion of metric and imperial units.

  • Number Invaders
    Practice your arithmetic with this excellent educational game.

  • Harvest of Music
    Our experts give two educational packages a thorough testing.

  • Out of School
    Secondment to a Teachers' Centre turns into a programming exercise.

(c) 1988 Database Publications Ltd.

The Micro User is an independent publication and neither the BBC nor Acorn Computers Ltd are responsible for any of the articles in this issue or for any of the opinions expressed.

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