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Leisure Genius
1987
Board Game
£9.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

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Moral dilemmas are things that most of us spend a great deal of time and effort trying to avoid. This computer version of the successful board game, however, throws moral dilemmas at you, and up to nine other players, constantly.

The computer version is a direct translation from the board game, with the rules and objectives remaining the same. The idea is to get rid of all your dilemma cards (3, 4 or 5 of them, depending on how many players there are) before your opponents. To begin with, each player receives his quota of dilemma cards and one answer card. The answer card simply has either "yes", "no" or "depends" printed on it, and you have to decide which player is likely to give the same answer to one of your dilemmas as is on this answer card. If the answers agree, you discard the dilemma card and receive a replacement answer card. If the answers are different, then you or any other player can challenge the answerer if you think their reply is out of character. Each player then votes for one player or the other and the winner hands a dilemma card from his pile to the loser.

If you've enjoyed the board game, or think you might enjoy it, then the computer version will not disappoint. There is enough variety between computer controlled players to make it interesting and there are enough dilemmas to keep even the most upstanding members of the community soulsearching for a long time. The best way to play the game, though, is with a group of friends and a couple of bottles of plonk. Then just sit back and let the computer handle the tedious parts of the game like shuffling and dealing.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

RELEASE BOX
Spec 128, £9.95cs, £14.95dk, Out Now
Spec 48, £9.95cs, Out Now
C64/128, £12.95cs, £14.95dk, Out Now
Amstrad, £9.95cs, £14.95dk, Out Now
Atari ST, £19.95dk, Out Now

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100
1 hour: 80/100
1 day: 80/100
1 week: 70/100
1 month: 50/100
1 year: 30/100

Scruples is not the sort of game to keep you enthralled for weeks on end, but you'll enjoy it as much in a year's time as you do now when you sit down for the occasional game.

8/10
6/10
6/10
7/10
807/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

Slightty less animation, but just as much fun. 48k is multi-load while the 128k version loads in one go. Nothing missing from the Spectrum version.

AMSTRAD VERSION

Gameplay is very smooth and the animation is very witty. Again, all the options are there and it's a straight translation from the board game.

Graphics: 8/10

Audio: 5/10

IQ Factor: 6/10

Fun Factor: 7/10

Ace Rating: 807/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100

1 hour: 80/100

1 day: 80/100

1 week: 70/100

1 month: 50/100

1 year: 30/100

C64 VERSION

The introduction music is superb, and the animation of the characters is all there. The gameplay and objectives are the same as the other versions and the only problem is the slow movement of the selecting icon. As much fun on the C64 as on any other computer.

Graphics: 8/10

Audio: N/A

IQ Factor: 6/10

Fun Factor: 7/10

Ace Rating: 807/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100

1 hour: 80/100

1 day: 80/100

1 week: 70/100

1 month: 50/100

1 year: 30/100

ATARI ST VERSION

The graphics are great and each player's portrait is animated throughout the game, showing expressions of joy, bewilderment etc. Plenty of atmosphere goes to make this version the best of bunch, and the computer is the perfect medium for this type of game. Not a game you'll play solidly for weeks, but certainly one to come back to in the future.

Graphics: 8/10

Audio: N/A

IQ Factor: 6/10

Fun Factor: 8/10

Ace Rating: 813/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 70/100

1 hour: 80/100

1 day: 80/100

1 week: 70/100

1 month: 50/100

1 year: 30/100

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C64 - With a full complement of players (some very dodgy-looking) this game won't be over in a hurry.

Spectrum - ooer, it's a tough one to answer isn't it?