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Hill MacGibbon
1986
Board Game
£6.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Rosetta McLeod
Chris Bourne

Five in a Row is played on a board with 196 positions set out on a 14x14 square, and can be played by up to three players. Each player, in turn, places a counter on the board and the first to achieve 5 in a row (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) is the winner. It sounds easy, but the game represents quite a challenge, and players can also select a 4-in-a-row or a 6-in-a-row option.

There are several ways of placing the counters on the board: the arrow keys can be used to control the cursor or a pair of cursors can be moved along vertical and horizontal axes with the arrow keys; if that's too easy, coordinates may be entered using the arrow keys to increase or decrease the value of the coordinates displayed on the screen. The program on Side A of the cassette is a version in which an unlimited number of counters are available in the game, while the game on Side B imposes a handicap the number of counters available is limited.

This is a very enjoyable strategy game, which has the flexibility to provide hours of fun.

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COMMENTS
Control keys: arrow keys used for all the options of placing the counters on the board.
Keyboard play: very responsive.
Use of colour: bright and clear
Graphics: simple, but well organised display of the board.
General Rating: A deceptively simple game which is useful in encouraging skills of logical and predicitve thinking. Excellent for getting young children to move from their self-centred world towards thinking what others may do, or for helping older children master the skills of co-ordinates.

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5 IN A ROW from Hill MacGibbon. Will Cam win?