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ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne

Not long ago we reviewed a game based on the well known Central TV quiz show, which was released by Compusound. Unfortunately this was not properly licensed and Compusound have been forced to withdraw it. The version under review here is the official one. It is not the same program as that released by Compusound.

The game is surely well enough known not to have to describe it in detail. Basically two players attempt to beat each other across a matrix of hexagons in a 4 by 4 shape. Each hexagon contains a letter of the alphabet. The players take turns to select a letter, at which point a question appears at the bottom of the screen, the initial letter of the answer being the selected hexagon letter. Either player may interrupt and answer it against the time limit. A successful answer results in the hexagon being coloured in the player's colour. The first to blaze a trail right across the playing space from top to bottom or from either side is the winner.

A set of questions is automatically loaded with the game, but there are other question sets on tape which will be loaded if requested. Players may select from nine difficulty levels and on a series of games from 1 to 9.


'It's best to play this game with only two people in the room as the others can't resist joining in and they always know how to spell better than me and always help my opponent. The graphics are as good as you would expect on this type of game and you can't hear the sound for the other people yelling out answers. This is quite a good game that tests your spelling and vocabulary. It turns out to be quite addictive, although it rather depends on who you're playing with.'

'This has to be one of the most fun and addictive educational games on the market where the entire family can join in, but in only two separate groups. It does seem to have a massive vocabulary, and I've yet to see a repeat question. This does have a distinct advantage in giving the player a considerable variety of questions. Screen layout couldn't really be better, everything is precise, bold and clear. Overall, if you enjoy the TV series you'll love this game. Well worth the money.'

'Here we have an example of a game where the computer is a very suitable medium. The game is good, not because of the program (which seems like a very good one) but because the original game idea as seen on TV is enjoyable. The result is a compelling home computer game where the utilitarian graphics work well and the sufficiency of questions make for plenty of playability. Good family entertainment value, with the added advantage over the TV programme of not having that horrible little man in your sitting room.'

Control keys: A and L for interrupt keys, general inputs
Keyboard play: responsive, fast response time
Use of colour: sensible rather than exciting
Graphics: hardly applies
Sound: good tune, entry beeps and warning signal
Skill levels: 9
General Rating: Excellent family entertainment and a good two-player quiz game, good value.


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I don't think we're giving much away by saying the answer's ROCKET - the official version of BLOCKBUSTERS.