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Mind Games
Adventure: Graphic
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Ross: From the same stable as Alien, here's another film follow-up that's billed as a sophisticated adventure and strategy game. The plot pursues Paul McCartney's attempt to save his band and their music from the evil financier Rath (any relation to Rath Bone? Ed).

You take Paul's part in his last ditch bid to track down the seven people involved in producing his latest album. They're the only ones who can help reconstruct the final missing track before midnight. Problem is that the magnificent seven are spread all over London. But to help you in your search, your in-car computer tracks their movements on the London tube system so you can predict where they're off to. If you're outside the tube station as they emerge then they'll hand over a snatch of the tune. Once all seven pieces are in the bag you can trundle off to Abbey Road for the remix.

The game comes with a large scale map of London and a tube map. On the reverse you'll find full details on the people you're after. This'll help you plot their movements as the game progresses. The screen is split into 4 areas - a large section across the top of the screen shows your car (is it a Beetle? Ed) and a small area of London's streetplan. The other three sections give the gen on the missing people's movements and more detailed info on the locality.

It's an original idea for a game but it's pretty dull in the playing. It might offer a painless way for prospective cabbies to learn abut London - but if this is how pop stars spend their time I think I'll hang up my guitar. 2/5 MISS

Roger: Another game-of-the-film-of-the-book-of-the-song that is best described as a spin-off that should, er spin off... 2/5 MISS

Dave: The map is quite big (and wrong in places!), and I found it rather more interesting than the game. If you like driving around in central London (do cab drivers read YS?), then you might enjoy it, otherwise give it a Broad (St.) berth. 2/5 MISS