★ AMSTRAD CPC ★ COSTA PANAYI: DESIGNER OF THE MONTH ★

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BORN: Manchester, 1957.

GAMES: Tornado Low Level, Android 1, Astral Convoy and two ZX81 games published on Michael Orwin's compilation.

You would think that Tosta Panayi would be soaking up the sun with his relatives in Cyprus, following the success of Tornado Low Level.

No such luxury for Tosta – who is already hard at work on the sequel to T.L.L. “It will be a progression from T.L.L.

– though on a much grander scale with lots of extra features, making full use of all we learned on T.L.L. and Android."

As with Android, the Commodore 64 version of T.L.L. will be released soon by Ocean which has acquired the rights to the conversion.

“I first got hooked on computing when I bought a ZX81 by mail order from Sinclair. I learned Basic from the manual and was soon writing my own programs

– though in my. spare time as I was working during the day for British Aerospace on infra-red systems.

Tosta is never far from the world of flying as, when he is not huddled over a Spectrum keyboard, he is leaping out of planes with a parachute on his back.

Vortex is described by Tosta as a family firm, "my brother-in-law is the company secretary.”

Tosta is now working full time for Vortex and hopes to produce the sequel to T.T.L. in less than the six months of evenings that it took to produce the first game. “I have now refined my techniques.”

Favourite Food: Chinese.

Favourite Drink: Orange Juice. Favourite TV Programmes: Birds of Prey, Young Ones.

Favourite Computer Game: Fighter Pilot.

Countries Visited: Cyprus, Crete, France.

The thing about computing that most makes me want to throw up: Piracy.


Vortex Software Team (1985)

C+VG n°36 (October 84)

CATEGORYTITLES (6)YEAR
GAMELIST Deflektor 1987
GAMELIST HATE
H.A.T.E: Hostile All Terrain Encounter
1989
GAMELIST Android 1: Operation Reactor Run
Android One: The Reactor Run
1985
GAMELIST TLL: Tornado Low Level 1985
GAMELIST Android 2
Android Two
1985
GAMELIST Highway Encounter 1985

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L'Amstrad CPC est une machine 8 bits à base d'un Z80 à 4MHz. Le premier de la gamme fut le CPC 464 en 1984, équipé d'un lecteur de cassettes intégré il se plaçait en concurrent  du Commodore C64 beaucoup plus compliqué à utiliser et plus cher. Ce fut un réel succès et sorti cette même années le CPC 664 équipé d'un lecteur de disquettes trois pouces intégré. Sa vie fut de courte durée puisqu'en 1985 il fut remplacé par le CPC 6128 qui était plus compact, plus soigné et surtout qui avait 128Ko de RAM au lieu de 64Ko.