The game in Spain falls mainly as a pain and we knock spots off Adrian Mole... Teresa Maughan lived to tell the tale...
The Secret Diary of Teresa Maughan Aged 23 1/4.
Oct 11th 1985: I received a copy of Mosaic's new game. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 today. The Ed insisted that I write a review - he said he'd give me £10 but then he's always been a bit tight.
Oct 12th 1985: I took my first look at the game today. It's Adrian's diary on the screen with a few graphics thrown in.. It's Max's (the errand boy) birthday today.
Oct 13 1985: The game doesn't seem very intellectual to me - all you've got to do is press keys 1, 2, 3, 4 or Caps/ Shift to play it. Even I can do that, well nearly. Troubleshootin' Pete thinks it's dead brilliant and plays it all day long.
Oct 14th 1985: Censored.
Oct 15th 1985: Being somewhat of a megabrain I've already read Adrian Mole's Secret Diary so the game seems a bit repetitive - not for intellectuals! The Ed said I was fat. I told him it was probably because he forced me to sit and play computer games all day.
Oct 16th 1985: I don't think much of this game. First it says Adrian goes on holiday with Maxwell and the stick insect and then a week later he meets the stick insect for the first time. I think I'll ask Max if he can explain this reasoning to me.
Oct 17th 1985: Being a connoisseur of the arts I am of the opinion that the graphics are pretty naff - if I were Adrian I'd feel positively embarrassed. Adrian seems to lead a very eventful life for a boy of 13 3/4.
Oct 18th 1985: Adrian is now trying to teach his dog a few tricks and I can choose what he should do. I don't know why he bothers as the Ed always says you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I think I'm getting a complex about being fat!
Oct 19th 1985: I keep choosing the wrong options so I've made Adrian only a namby pamby schoolboy. This is making me lose confidence in my gamesplaying ability.
Oct 20th 1985: I didn't play the game today because of my complex over being fat!
Oct 21st 1985: I've just noticed (people tell me I'm very observant for a girl my age) Mosaic has put the CBM 64 instructions on the tape inlay card and covered it up with a Spectrum sticker. I think I'll write a stiff letter to Mosaic about this cheapskate behaviour.
Oct 22nd 1985: I've come to the conclusion that Mole is a game for 13 3/4 year olds and not 23 year olds. All you have to do is read snippets from his diary and make Adrian dead popular with everyone, especially that nymphomaniac Pandora.
Oct 23rd 1985: I finished the game today and Adrian is only a surburban schoolboy. I think this game will be dead popular but it's only a namby pamby computer game as far as I'm concerned.