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Glenspiration (1991, 26.11, ECS Intro)

Review by Glenn Lunder

This is certainly a neat little intro, with some good design helped immensly by TMB's excellent graphics. The overall effect is convincing, and the intro manages to feel fresh even though it isn't particularly :) As the title suggests, glenzvectors in all shapes and sizes are the order of the day, and the intro presents some nice variations on the theme, like rubberglenz. There is no conventional exit routine, but each 'part' can be exited with the left mousebutton, which eventually gets you to the end of the show. Nice, compact and competent. Cutcreator can do a lot better, tho!

I had some difficulty with this intro, the graphics wouldn't display properly even with KillAGA. I finally had to boot from the disk (no caches etc) to make it work - although the music still bugs.

tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.1 -- Note: See review!

Eurocharts #15 (1992, 01.07, ECS Multifile Chartmag)

Review by Glenn Lunder

This was Static Bytes' first issue, released 6 months after the final Crusaders issue. Not much has changed from the Crusaders days, though, the interface remains the same old one. This is quite remarkable, actually, since the mag was totaly recoded - it still looks 100% exactly the same :) The graphics are about on par with what Crusaders produced, and so is the editorial content. Not much more to say about this first issue; it's the logical next step.

An intro was released to announce this at The Gathering '92.

tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.

Eurocharts #16 (1992, .09, ECS Multifile Chartkmag)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Marvel's graphics aren't really a stunner this time, but it's not too bad either. A high amount of cliparts from TMB Designs/TSL help raise the level a lot, though. Cutcreator's tune is a small disappointment too. Let's hope he does better in the next issue :)

Editorially, there's not much out of the ordinary this time either. There's the new jokes section, of course, but that can't really be counted as an editorial advancement...

tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.1.

Eurochart #17 (1992, .11, ECS Multifile Chartkmag)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Another issue, this time with graphics by Sauron. This issue marked the innovation that for the first time, a few of the gallery shots were in color. Given the quality they achieved for these first few, they should perhaps have passed on the opportunity for this time... =) They promise improved quality for the next issue, so let's see... Last issue contained a best bootblock competition, and the results of the competition were... First place to Tron/ex Anarchy with his Glenz-boot! The new competition for the next issue is a challenge to musicians: Make the best tune possible with ONLY ONE SAMPLE! =) No don't ever go around saying STB can't make whacked-out compos =/

Eurochart always had a lot of great cliparts, and this issue is no different. There are clipart contributions this time from Airwalk/Kefrens, Ed-209/Exotic Men, Fashion Design/Pleasure, Mega Madness/Warpigs, Mount/Parasite, Mr.Pixel/Fi-Re Crew, Spurnik/Defiance, Tin/Brainstorm, TMB Designs/The Silents and finally Viper/Talent.

In the news section, Nico/Accession's handle is misspellt Niko. The news that Mr.Root/Acme joined Sanity was later denied in the news section of Pure Metal Coders' "R.A.W #4". News that Disney/Alcatraz left the scene were false; he did infact carry on for a while more.

The mag seems impressively compatible, working perfectly first-try without having to disable anything, and boots perfectly fine from df1: (which is a really GOOD THING since my df0: is currently DEAD!).

tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fasst/3.1.

The Official Eurocharts issue #22 (1993, .11, ECS Multifile Chartmag)

Review by Glenn Lunder

After the nice titlepic, the main graphics were a bit of a disappointment. Luckily, there were some nice cliparts in the Euronews section to look at :) Archmage/Andromeda and CAT/Essence deliver the goods, while the rest of the clips are never above average. Cutcreator's music is great, as usual. Very typical for his style, with the tune having several, quite different parts. Nicely done.

Editorially, there's an interview with Facet/Lemon., but not much else.

tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.

Euro Charts issue #23 (1994, .01, ECS Multifile Chartmag)

Review by Glenn Lunder

You pretty much know what you're getting with the EC, so... This was perhaps NOT the best ever design for the chart, but it's functional. Some changes were made to the charts themselves too, Best Swapper is a new chart which replaces Best Packdiskmaker.

This issue was originally to have been released at The Party '93, but this was unfortunately impossible.

tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.1.