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Elite Systems Ltd
Ian Upton
1989
Quiz
£7.99
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
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Tony Dillon
Chris Bourne

ELITE ask the same old question.

So who cares about clones? So what if Alien Death Blaster From Zarg looks just like any other blaster? It might still be a good game. At least it lies on a rock solid tried and tested idea. But this one? To say that Mike Read's Pop Quiz is similar to A Question of Sport can only be described as the understatement of the year.

Right from the start, when you pick your team members (presumably staff members at Elite) you can feel Mike oozing his "charm" all over the place. The one thing you have to look out for when choosing your team is each person's specialist subject. After all, you don't want to end up with a team full of (supposed) classical music experts.

So, you've chosen your three ugly mugs and which of the five question blocks to load. Then you spot the familiar layout of A Question Of Sport; three team members on either side, Mike in the middle, and a speech bubble above Mike's head containing an almost endless scrolling message.

The format is the same all the way through the game. The question is printed on screen, and then you are shown four possible answers. You have five seconds to answer, but if you get it wrong or if you fail to answer in time, the question goes to the other team for a bonus point.

The interesting thing about Mike Read's Pop Quiz is that, not only does it look like A Question of.... and have the same format of game, but that the rounds are the same too.

You know, round one is the scoreboard thingy with all the photographs on it, then you have sport, the star/sporting personality, home or away/easy or hard, guess the year...the whole shooting match. Are Elite perhaps taking the mickey just a little bit?

Mike Read's Pop Quiz is dull as a one player game, and even as two player doesn't contain much of a challenge. It's nearly, but not quite, accurate - after all, everybody knows that 'Nuthin But A Good Time' was by Poison, not the Quireboys.

Reviewer: Tony Dillon

RELEASE BOX
Atari ST, £19.99dk, Imminent
Amiga, £19.99dk, Out Now
Spec 128 £7.99cs,£11.99dk, Out Now
Amstrad £9.99cs, £11.99dk, Imminent
C64/128 £9.99cs, £11.99dk, Imminent
IBM PC £24.99dk, Imminent

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SPECTRUM VERSION

Hand-drawn pictures take the place of digitised ones, which when considering the Z80 resolution is no bad thing. Still, it looks like Elite have come up with a universal title here, because it plays identically across all formats, including certain question discrepancies.

AMIGA VERSION

Well digitised pics and a couple of happy, boppy little tunes fail to add much to an essentially dull computer quiz game. And it's got Mike Read in it.

POP QUIZ TEASERS

Why not try out a few of Mike's questions and see if you're up to the challenge? Answers in The Blitter End.

1. WHO WERE WASTED IN 79 AND MADE A BIG COMEBACK IN 1987?

(a) W.A.S.P.?

(b) Metallica?

(c) Def Leppard

(d) Quireboys?

2. WHO PROCLAIMED THAT 'SCHOOL'S OUT?

(a) Black Sabbath?

(b) Alice Cooper?

(C) Dio

(d) Scorpions?