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Eight Bit No. 3

Published 3 June 2017

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Issue 03 of the fresh new magazine, Eight Bit, has been released. Although it is a little out of my usual Commodore focus the articles are great. The focus of the magazine is the Amstrad series of 8-bit microcomputers. There is just one article on the C64 which is a follow on from the programming sprites series.

Eight Bit No. 3

We supported the Kickstarter crowd funding of issue 3 and have not been disappointed. I don't mind deviating from the usual Commodore fan fair as there was a strip down of the Amstrad CPC 464. The other two standout articles are across the Pond publishing company and the original adventure games on Apple IIs.

We particularly enjoyed the article on adventure games fro the Apple ][. Backed with a bit of research and great photos of Scott Adams, the author will have you booting up Zork in no time. Starting with Adventureland, turn left to look over Zork and enter house to enjoy Mystery House.

It is good to go through the adverts and see what is available across the Internet. Scene World has jumped out at us and being a stand out site. Unusually, this team releases their magazine as a disc magazine for the C64. This may be of interest to anyone with a C64 or a decent emulator. Check out the Scene World here.

We can't overlook the advert for a software publisher for the Sharp MZ-80A, called SharpWorks. Now this is decication to a niche market. The complete software library consists of one game, Minesnake. I would love to give this Z80 based system a whirl.

The closing article looks into The Amstrad User. This magazine looks suspicously similar in format to the Commodore and Amiga Review covered elsewhere on our site.


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