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Volume 6

Number 3

May 1988

Managing Editor
Derek Meakin

Group Editor
Alan McLachlan

Features Editor
Peter Davidson

Production Editor
Peter Glover

Assistant Features Editor
Steve Turnbull

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.

  • The Challenge
    The solution to the problem that we set to test your skill at Basic

  • Inside Adventures
    Geoff Larsen reveals the ideas lying behind his excellent quests.

  • Mad Hatter
    A monthly look at adventure games old, new and revamped.

  • Problem Solved
    More solutions to some of those mind-testing hardware problems.

  • Archimedes Q & A
    All your questions answered about the top Acorn micro series.

  • MicroLink News
    A new look at the giant database written by the users themselves.

  • Library
    More high-quality routines which you can use in your own programs.

  • Man at the Top
    Exclusive, in-depth interview with Acorn's new managing director.

  • Innovation Awards 1988
    Join our search for the most innovative use of a BBC Micro or Archimedes and you could share over £1,700 worth of prizes that go to winners of The Micro User Innovation Awards for 1988.

  • Prolog
    Discover how to use this unique artificial intelligence language.

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

  • Body Building
    Measure the most prominent feature of Britain's climate - rain.

  • Leaky Listing
    Test your skill at debugging in another of our occasional series.

  • Extra Commands
    To end this series - list and edit all the function key definitions.

  • Hac Man
    A wealth of useful hints and tips from our resident games expert.

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

  • Starquake
    One of the most exciting games ever created for 8 bit micros is Starquake. An exclusive opportunity to get this mega game for yourself - absolutely free!


  • Chinese Chess
    Tax your skills to the limit with this neat, colourful game of strategy.


  • The Sky at Night
    How to scan the heavens from the comfort of your own armchair.

  • Disc System Transfer
    Back up your DFS disc to ADFS with the aid of this clever utility.

  • Good Timing
    We help you keep appointments with a handy on-screen clock.

  • ADFS Disc Tidy
    An easy and quick method of directory deletion on the ADFS.


  • Software Scene
    Our experts cast their eyes over the latest and greatest releases.

  • Archimedes Software
    Painting in 256 colours and the first mega-database are assessed.

  • Communications
    We take a close look at the new MicroLink multi-speed modem.

  • Star Printer
    Selectable typefaces at a low price - is it too good to be true?


  • Update
    Up to the minute news of the BBC Micro in the world of education.

  • Education Reviews
    Three pages of the best schools software analysed by experts.

  • Number Game
    Make learning to count fun with this great little children's program.

Z88 Section

  • Hardware FX
    How to use the windows and text effects on your portable micro.

  • Toad in the Hole
    We look at the first commercial adventure program for the Z88.

(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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