PROGRAMMABLE INTERFACE FOR RAPID FIRE FREAKS
NEW JOYSTICK interfaces abound this month. One such is the programmable interface from Page Computing. It is of the type where you hAve to push a key, move the joystick, release the joystick and then release the key. That has to be done for the normal four positions, again for the four positions plus fire, again for the diagonals, again for the diagonals plus fire, and finally the fire button alone. All of that can be done with the game running, as the keyboard can still be used.
As mentioned in previous reviews of programmable interfaces the programming sequence leaves much to be desired; while it does the job it was designed to do, it is rather fiddly. Pressing up to three keys at once and moving the joystick at the same time is not the easiest feat.
The one really useful feature of the interface is a rapid fire switch. When it is put in the up position it simulates the fire-button being held down and that is very useful for the zap-everything-in-sight type of game.
At £26 plus £1 p&p the interface will be useful if you do not mind the time and hassle of programming it. Page Computing is at 28 Burwood Grove, Hayling Island, Hampshire PO11 9DS.