Players Software
Paul van der Meer
1986
Gambling: Games
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

50
John Gilbert
Chris Bourne

Take on a one-armed bandit and blow a bank. No, Players hasn't ripped off They Stole a Million, but it has come up with the most complex fruit machine simulation to hit the Spectrum.

There are two versions of the game, the simplest being Ordinary Dice. Roll the fruity combinations with a press of the S key - no joysticks allowed - and watch as the cherries, lemons, bars et al spin in the four jackpot windows. If one of the winning combinations shows up you can collect your meagre winnings.

Once you've chosen to take a chance the pointer on the gamble wheel spins past the fruit symbols.

If you choose correctly here you can stash the money and return to the fruit machine or progress to the dice game and, hopefully, increase your money even more. It's so simple, but you can add up to $200 to your total if you guess whether the next roll of the dice will be higher or lower than the current face showing.

The Ordinary Dice game is easy, the odds are more or less against you, but Bank Mode is tougher. Each casino bank has a financial limit, and to break one you just have to bankrupt it. From Bank One you'll need to win £100 while you'll need to get £1000 from Bank Five. The rules are the same as in the Ordinary Dice game but the level system makes things much more interesting.

Players has made a tired old game into a complex dice with chance. At. £1.99 I can see nothing wrong about this offering which, in terms of graphics, has more than some £7.99 games going for it.

Label: Players
Author: In-house
Price: £1.99
Joystick: various
Memory: 48K/128K
Reviewer: John Gilbert

****

A fruit machine simulation with several dicey twists. Two types of game plan with good graphics to boot.

4/5