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Domark Ltd
Oxford Mobius
1989
Board Game
£14.99
£3.99
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Alan Dykes
Chris Bourne

Do you consider yourself an artist then? Well there's only one way to find out - see what others think of your sketches by playing Pictionary, the word drawing game, guaranteed to separate the Rolf Harris's from the kangaroos (and worse!)

Basically Pictionary as a board game is a bit of a waste of money. OK, there's nothing really wrong with the game, it's actually a very good idea. However all it consists of is a set of cards, a board, an egg timer, a couple of pencils and some paper - yet the whole thing costs twenty seven quid in my local WH Smiths. With a bit of imagination you could make it yourself for well under a fiver, and now you can get this version for four quid!

In Pictionary you draw pictures to represent words from the following categories: Person/Place/Animal. Object, Action, Difficult Words, and All Play (which can be any sort of word). First of all draw a card, in a similar way to trivial pursuit. which must be kept a secret. You must then illustrate the word on this card to the best of your ability using Pictionary's on-screen art package. Then gesticulate wildly and hope your team-mate can guess it within the specified time limit... Or else your team loses the advantage and the opposition takes over. 'All Play' cards allow any team to guess what a drawing represents.

Pictionary is a fun game for all the family. As a board game it is very social but everyone doesn't need to be on top of each other. Unfortunately this is not a feature of the computer version as everyone hos to see the some monitor. This version does however come complete with a nifty little computer art package and there's the positive advantage of not having to tidy up the cards and look for dice under the sofa when you're finished.

Label: Hit Squad
Memory: 48K/128K
Price: £3.99 Tape
Reviewer: Big Al Dykes

GARTH: It takes a lot of practice to get fast and good at using Pictionary's drawing package but you'll have a lot of fun doing so. In fact I found it much easier to play the game this way as opposed to the real thing, my pencil and paper drawing ability was never one of my greatest assets.

I like this game a lot. Playing against the computer is a bit boring but Pictionary is great fun when playing others, as long as you don't try to crowd too many people around your tv or monitor! The art package is very useable and you'll have hours of fun just doodling with this on its own.

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