Code Masters Gold
1989
Strategy: Management
£9.99
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
None

80
Phil King, Mark Caswell
Chris Bourne

NICK SCOFFED OUR RATATOUILLE!

Bad vibes man, how was I supposed to know it was a hamster? My manager gave me this nice chunky sandwich for lunch, and life as a rock star is hungry work. Okay, so it did taste a bit furry, but I just thought the bread had gone mouldy! The next thing I know, the story's plastered all over the front pages of the tabloids.

Oh well, there's no such thing as bad publicity - that's what my manager reckons. And he should know, he's made me almost as rich as himself by knowing when to go on tour or release the new single. He makes the decisions round here, even arranging neat publicity stunts, although the ones in which I die are pretty naff!

Going on tour is my favourite thing: when I was a nobody, I played in pubs and clubs. Now I' m a superstar, I play in concert halls and huge stadiums and sell thousands of chart-topping records, promoted by ultra-expensive videos, featuring mud-wrestling girls with whips etc.

Life as a rock star is fun. But even though he's made me rich, I don't think my manager does an awful lot - he just makes simple, multiple choice decisions. And although he's a good laugh at times, I don't think he's really worth the dough.

PHIL ... 58%

THE ESSENTIALS
Joysticks: Sinclair
Graphics: some well-drawn static pictures
Sound: some decent music
Options: manage up to four stars, chosen from a total of over 40

CRITICISM

'Ever wanted to manage your own pop group? Well after playing Rock Star Ate My Hamster any such tendencies will probably be completely squashed. Sorry, Code Masters, only kidding - this is great. What other game gives you the chance to manage groups with names such as The Non-Stop Alien Space Group and Rusty Baubles?! We are talking major weirdness here. But it was the newspaper headlines that really cracked me up. So rush down to your local computer store and buy Rock Star Ate My Hamster, if only for the silly title.' MARK ... 82%

General Rating: A simple, but highly amusing music management game.

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