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Bob's Full House will not go down in history as one of the high points of British broadcasting. In fact most people in the country have a loathe/ hate relationship with it. It's real edge of sleep stuff - all those crushing puns, cute bingo lingo and of course Mr Monkhouse himself, whom we'd all dearly love to shake warmly by the throat. Love him or loathe him, you can't love him.

So what hope is there for a computer game based on (one could hardly say inspired by) the show? It claims, although you cant be too sure why, to be an accurate representation of the programme. Both style and format are the same, giving you a chance to imagine you've won a new dishwasher, CPC, TV or even a dream holiday - so called because even if you win, a dream it will stay.

After an eternity of loading time the game finally presents itself. It looks promising. You're invited to type in your name, which appears above your very own bingo card, along with a little person who mutters silently away throughout the whole show. Even the man in the shiny grey suit and the brylcreem smile is there, so all is set and it's time to get your eyes down for a full house.

The first round, as you know (come on, admit it!), is a race to answer four questions and light the cornermost numbers of your bingo card. As soon as Bob has popped the question it's a sprint to your bell, each player having a different key. If you play the computer, watch out: its players are quick but thick, not much competition but they get in the way. To answer a question you not only have to know the answer, but you've got to type it in: no trouble when the answer is something simple like "blue,' but when it comes to "Who was India's first female Prime Minister?" you may know the answer but can you spell it?

The spelling element frees more memory for question storage, since you are required to type in the correct answer, rather than choosing from four options, as is the case in multiple choice quizzes such as Question of Sport. The spelling also gives each question a longer shelf life, because when the computer answers you don't get to see what it writes to itself. You could, for example, remain forever in the dark as to the identity of the youngest member of the House of Lords!

Rounds progress as in the show: light the middle line of your card and then illuminate all your remaining numbers. The winner chooses from a range of wonderful household appliances: fridges, stereos and kettles, golly gosh I can hardly contain my excitement.

The champion gets the chance for a go at Bob's Golden Bingo Card to win a holiday. You've one minute to reveal the letters spelling out a dream destination. This final lap is really tough, with over twenty questions in under a minute.

The prize sequence sounds daft, but surprisingly it does give the game a well rounded feel. I cannot deny that since I despise the TV show and its slick host I was expecting to have to do a hatchet job.

Yet such is the skill and attention to detail with which the licence has been translated that you may be as pleasantly surprised as I was. Put together with the usual Domark professionalism, Bob's Full House is hardly a classic. It's better than the telly, but then, is that enough?

TW, AA

BOB'S FULL HOUSE
(c) DOMARK , CREATEL , TV GAMES

DEVELOPER: Binary Design
AUTHOR(S): ???
MUSIC: Tiny WILLIAMS

★ YEAR: 1988
★ LANGUAGE:
★ GENRE: INGAME MODE 1 , BOARD , QUIZ GAME , TV


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