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Domark Ltd
Oxford Mobius
1989
Board Game
£14.99
£3.99
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

45
Linda Barker
Chris Bourne

Oh dearie dearie me, what a complete and utter waste of time. I'm sorry if I sound a bit negative, but I've just spent part of my afternoon playing the computer version of Pictionary. It was a stupid thing to do, I could have been doodling away on the back of an envelope and I would have contributed more to the world's pot of common knowledge. Harumph! Anyway, that's enough moaning for at least another paragraph, let's have a look at this Pictionary thing.

Pictionary the board game was, I am reliably informed, all the rage a few years back. It was the sort of game that misguided parents bought their children in a desperate bid to get them to play something educational. It was, in fact, a drunk yuppie's game. You can just imagine the box being bought to the dining table and dropped amongst the wine glasses and mint wrappers. An hour later, the party would have broken up, the Pictionary cards would be strewn all over the floor and none of the guests would be on speaking terms. That's what kind of board game Pictionary was.

Pictionary the computer game is even worse. At first it looks as if you're going to have a bit of fun as the initial screen is set out like a boardgame and there's a die and then it gets on to the picturedrawing bit. Phooey! This is where it really starts falling apart. You have to guess what picture the computer's drawn, you don't even have to tap in an answer. The computer prints the word and then asks whether you got it right or wrong. You could be honest, but what's the point. I really cannot see why anybody would buy this game. If you like the idea of drawing then you'd be a million times better off with any art package you can get hold of.

This really is the most banal thing I've played in ages If you're considering buying this game and playing on your own against the computer - don't. It's a stupid thing to do. Even drunken yuppies won't enjoy this one - by the time it's finished loading, they'll have fallen asleep.

A truly useless game.

30%

Screenshot Text

It actually looks quite good, doesn't it? It's a shame that you're about to be massively disappointed.

This rather charming sketch actually started life as a bed. it is now a moon looking on a grand piano in a room with stripey wallpaper.

No matter how hard you try, you can never draw a picture as good as this. The computer has an unfair advantage. But then, so have you - you can lie!