Roger: I'd always thought that squash was a silly game played by overweight and middle-aged executive types to burn off the worst effects of their business lunches. The obvious reason for playing it inside a big indoor 'box' is to stop the rest of us from seeing them at it and cracking up in helpless mirth... That's still probably a fairly accurate description of the real thing but the Speccy version is something else.
It features all the basic elements of the sport with two players on court, one of whom can be computer controlled. The only thankful absence is the wobbling bellies and puffing and panting.
The graphics and ball movement are realistic but the computer chooses stroke for you if the player has been positioned with some reasonable degree of accuracy. There are four options of difficulty and I can say, from experience, that it's easily possible to bait the Spectrum at the easier levels. Squash is a well-crafted chunk of sporting software which, usually, isn't boring to non-enthusiasts of the aforesaid physical pursuit.
It won't cut down on the jolly old midriff bulge, but then nobody will laugh at you either. 4/5 m HIT
Dave: It felt a bit strange playing squash and not ending up drenched in sweat and gasping for air. Still, the graphics are good and the game's addictive. I also found out that Jonah Barrington is mike shy - the voice synthesis sounds like he spent hours down the pub getting his courage up... 3/5 HIT
Ross: Master the techniques necessary for hitting the ball against the wall and you'll find this an enjoyable game. The lack of diagonal movement though is a pain, but not as much of a pain as playing the real thing. It's a pity that Jonah Barrington sounds like he's got a squash ball in his throat. 3.5/5 HIT
To put some spin on your serve, try pushing the joystick forward as you press fire. It's not in the instructions but it seems to work for us!
As soon as you've returned a serve, leg it to the front of the court. That way you're in charge of the action.
While your opponent's serving, you'd be well advised to take up a position at the back of the court. Nine out of ten times this is where the ball ends up.
You can choose any one of six different angles to hit the ball by holding down the fire button for different lengths of time. Phew this is nearly as tiring as the real thing!
The computer automatically moves your racquet from one side to the other to strike the ball. Make sure you press the fire button only when you're on the side you want to play from.