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  • Antic (December 1985)

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    Source: Antic – December 1985

    Antic was one of two popular magazines dedicated to the Atari 8-bit line of computers. Antic also had some coverage of the Atari ST at various times. The December 1985 issue includes the following:

    Features

    • Video Star Atari – Computereyes…plus other new graphics goodies
    • Behind the Scenes at Lucasfilm – New games from the Marin magic factory
    • Diskio Plus – Antic super-utility now even better
    • 4th Annual Shoppers Guide – 100 best products for your Atari
    • Proburner Review – Best EPROM burner on the market
    • Antic Catalog Goes to U.K. – Overseas readers get software bonanza

    ST Section

    • 1st Annual ST Shoppers Guide
    • 4xForth Review – First serious language for ST users
    • Introducing 520ST Assembly Language – MC68000 tutorial
    • ST Logo Exploration – Mapping uncharted memory

    Departments

    • Communications: BBS Crashbuster – Exorcise those evil online crashers
    • Assembly Language: Build Your Own EPROM Burner – Chip programming for $30
    • Game of the Month: Box-In – Lots classic from Biffdrop’s creator

    …and much more!





  • Antic (March 1987)

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    Source: Antic Vol 5-11 1987-03

    ANALOG and Antic were the two big magazines that covered Atari 8-bit computers. While ANALOG stuck to being mostly 8-bit exclusive throughout its life, Antic moved to covering both the Atari ST and the 8-bit line when the ST was introduced.

    Pictured above is the March 1987 issue of Antic. Contents Include:

    Features

    • Rainbow Screen Customizer – Flashy displays for your programs
    • Today’s Victorious Atari Corp. – A close-up look inside
    • Dvorak Keyboard – Turbo typing for the Atari
    • Page 6 Grab-Bag: Part I – Add punch to your programs with useful routines
    • Wage/Hour Paymaster – First fruits from the Practical Program Contest
    • Multi-Autorun – 27 files at your fingertips

    Departments

    • Game of the Month: Vectron – Atomic arrow strategy game
    • Starting Out New Owners Column – Lesson 12: Graphics Modes
    • Product Reviews – Seikosha SP-1000A, Kyan Pascal, Leader Board, Vestor
    • Tech Tips – Pinout master charts

    ST Resource

    • Using INP and OUT – From keyboard to screen or modem in ST BASIC
    • ST Puzzler – Jigsaw puzzle generator
    • Basic Alert – Create alert boxes in ST BASIC
    • Starglider – Fantastic space warfare simulator
    • Hippo Sound Digitizer – Easy-to-use sound tool

    …and more!





  • Necromancer (Atari XEGS)

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    Source: Atarian – Issue Number 1 – May/June 1989

    Atari really new how to beat a dead horse. Here we have a strategy guide being published in 1989 by an official Atari publication for a game that was released in 1987 that had also previously been released in 1982. Necromancer was originally published for Atari 8-bit computers in 1982 and then the Commodore 64 in 1983. It was re-released for Atari’s XEGS in 1987. Given that an XEGS was just an Atari 8-bit computer in game console form factor, the game was exactly the same. Not that there is anything wrong with the game. It is a very good game in fact. It’s just that Atari had this tendency to re-release the same games over and over vs. publishing new stuff. Re-releasing old games is great but that isn’t what is going to sell systems in the long run and it is why so many more people had an NES vs. an Atari 7800 or an Atari XEGS. By the late 1980s, Atari just wasn’t developing enough new quality first party titles and could no longer attract significant third party support.

    Necromancer was originally released on disk by Synapse for the Atari 400/800 in 1982. It was ported to the Commodore 64 the following year. Four years later, it was released unchanged on the Atari XEGS in cartridge format. I suppose that by this time the other versions were probably relatively hard to find so if you wanted to buy it, the XEGS was probably your best bet. Of course, by this time the original Atari and Commodore disk versions had probably been pirated to a significant degree.

    The game itself is very well regarded. You control a Druid who is battling with a Necromancer. The game takes part in three stages. In the first, you build up an army of trees while defending them from ogres and spiders. In the second, you take your army of trees to destroy the spiders in their lair. In the final stage, you battle the Necromancer himself as he uses fire and his remaining spiders to try to destroy you. The game is fast paced and gets faster in each stage and there is a lot to juggle with controlling the trees and the Druid. The unique and tense atmosphere makes for an addictive game. But maybe they should have published a sequel that included the original game instead of just shoveling the original out again…