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ZX Spectrum 48K

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Rosetta McLeod
Chris Bourne

Although not a specifically educational program, this game would certainly be of use with children to encourage their thinking and note taking skills. The storyline is as follows: the government has failed to track down the criminal mastermind who is holding the country to ransom with a computer-activated nuclear warhead. No-one knows where the computer or warhead is located. The only information you, the hacker, are given is an incomplete telephone number supplied by a C15 agent who was 'terminated' while transmitting what he had discovered.

When the program has loaded, the menu displays 5 options: you can telephone other computers: opt for an analysis of the phone link: read the data which the analysis sends to the information board: display your phone bill: or Load/Save your data. Each time Supercom is loaded, it contains new codes, so no two games should ever be the same.

I found this an absorbing, if rather frustrating, challenge, and the game certainly becomes addictive after a while. It is important throughout to lot down all the clues and code numbers given and, by a process of trial and error, try to hack the system. Disappointingly, I found a spelling error recurring in the screen texts, but in spite of that, this is a nice little program for encouraging logical thought.


Control keys: number and letter keys are used to input the codes. Z returns you to the menu
Keyboard play: good, though it is impossible to delete it you make a mistake
Graphics: none
Use of colour: reasonable
General Rating: This is a very cheap little program which represents very good value for money. It would be enjoyed by older children and adults.

Not Rated

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Hacking away in an attempt to foil an evil plot involving nuclear warheads, you get in touch with a photocopier firm!