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Arcade: Platform
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Ben Stone
Chris Bourne

Use of Computer: 93%
Graphics: 96%
Playability: 96%
Getting Started: 92%
Addictive Qualities: 97%
Value for Money: 99%
Overall: 96%

Back in the days when Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy were riding high in the charts, everyone was bringing out platform games. This one had a few innovations which set it apart from the crowd. Technician Ted works in a microchip factory, and has to achieve a variety of tasks during one working day. The routes around the 50 screens that make up the factory are by no means as straightforward as those in Manic Miner. Plenty of hazards threaten to drain Ted's energy.

"The music is the best since Manic Miner, with two tunes played with a 'real' synthesised sound (and equipped with on/off facility if you go mad). The graphics are really wonderful: loads of detail, animation and humour and the timing routines throughout are perfect, and perfectly hard to beat too. There's nothing new in Technician Ted, but the thought that has gone into it is quite something else. Addictive, delightful to play and a definite must."

"Technician Ted had the best loading screen of the year, in fact it was the only thing that really stuck in my mind about it. Looking at it today I can't really see why it was a Smash. It wasn't original at the time; the graphics are bad and the game is pretty dull to play. It shouldn't really have had such high ratings. Ninety-six percent overall for a Jet Set Willy variant seems silly nowadays. I'd put all the ratings down into the mid to low sixties as there are still so many games around in a similar vein."

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Technician Ted encounters his first puzzle in the canteen