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Who were “Nice 'n' Sleazy” in the late seventies? If you enjoy being asked questions like this, and are often able to answer them, then this game could be for you.

The venerable Mike Read presides over the quiz. You are a team captain, and you can select your team from some dazzlingly famous megastars. Some are even recognizable, but all (except Mike) have changed their names to protect their credibility. You don't have the option to change your, or their, names. The captains are stuck with the names James and Sharon. Suits me, but others might complain. You can play either against a friend or the computer. Considering your CPC is both asking the questions and answering them, it's performance isn't too impressive. It gets enough answers wrong to give you a fair chance.

The rounds are similar to those in the TV version, with Mike's questions slowly scrolling by in a speech bubble. You are presented with four answers; just select the correct one with the joystick and press Fire. The whole game is conveniently joystick-driven.

A quickfire round is included, with a two-second penalty for every wrong answer. The multiple choice system cuts down on pondering time, and there is obviously no need for lengthy inputting of answers, so it works well.

  • FIRST DAY TARGET SCORE : Beat the computer
  • SECOND OPINION : “The TV show was interminably dull. This is worse.” RL

The graphics are nothing special; pictures of the twelve stars you can select, and Mike with his speech bubble. His questions appear is a nice typeface, though.

Sound is rudimentary; rough cheers for correct answers and razzes for mistakes.

Sadly, the game gets tedious very soon. The format is so linear, and nothing can be done to speed things up. There are 1,000 questions, so I imagine it wouldn't be long before duplicates appear.

James Leach, AA

P.S. Answer - The Stranglers

The Verdict

  • GRAPHICS 44% : Blocky pics of anonymous popsters.
  • SONICS 41% : Beeps and Burps.
  • GRAB FACTOR 42% : The first game is OK...
  • STAYING POWER 24% :  ... the rest are very similar.
  • AA RATING : 39% : You'd be better off listening to Radio One.

MIKE READ'S COMPUTER POP QUIZ
(c) ELITE

Developer: MPC Games
Program: Mark CRANE
Graphics: David PERCIVAL
Music: Mark COOKSEY
Design: Ian UPTON
Réalisation: Nick ACTON

★ NOTE: La version Elite contient en bonus le jeu BattleShips
BUG: A la fin d'une partie, le jeu n'offre pas l'option chargement d'un nouveau bloc de questions.

★ YEAR: 1988
★ LANGUAGE:
★ GENRE: INGAME MODE 0 , BOARD , QUIZ GAME , MULTIPLAYER , TAPE
★ LiCENCE: COMMERCIALE
★ RERELEASE: ENCORE (BUDGET)

 

★ AMSTRAD CPC ★ DOWNLOAD ★

Covers/Packages:
» Mike  Read  s  Computer  Pop  Quiz    (Release  TAPE-CARDBOARD)    ENGLISHDATE: 2024-03-09
DL: 6
TYPE: image
SiZE: 3544Ko
NOTE: Upload/scan by Nicholas CAMPBELL ; w1787*h4891
 
» Mike  Read  s  Computer  Pop  Quiz    (Rerelease  TAPE-ENCORE)    ENGLISHDATE: 2016-12-23
DL: 153
TYPE: image
SiZE: 148Ko
NOTE: w1116*h798

Dumps disks:
» Mike  Read  s  Computer  Pop  Quiz    (2001-08-31)    ENGLISH    MAZESOFTS-GPADATE: 2009-08-04
DL: 256
TYPE: ZIP
SiZE: 68Ko
NOTE: Extended DSK/40 Cyls
.HFE: Χ
 
» Mike  Read  s  Computer  Pop  Quiz    (2024-03-03)    ENGLISH    NICHDATE: 2024-03-10
DL: 18
TYPE: ZIP
SiZE: 68Ko
NOTE: Supplied by Nicholas CAMPBELL ; Une fois une partie terminée, vous aurez l'option pour charger un nouveau bloc de questions. ; 40 tracks/Extended DSK
.DSK: √
 

Dump cassette (version commerciale):
» Mike  Read  s  Computer  Pop  Quiz    ENGLISHDATE: 2024-03-02
DL: 260
TYPE: ZIP
SiZE: 85Ko
NOTE: Dumped/uploaded by Nicholas CAMPBELL ;
.DSK: Χ
.CDT: 2

Medias/Supports:
» Mike  Read  s  Computer  Pop  Quiz    (Release  TAPE)    ENGLISHDATE: 2024-03-10
DL: 6
TYPE: image
SiZE: 633Ko
NOTE: Upload/scan by Nicholas CAMPBELL ; w2712*h896
 
» Mike  Read  s  Computer  Pop  Quiz    (Rerelease  TAPE-ENCORE)    ENGLISHDATE: 2016-09-07
DL: 261
TYPE: image
SiZE: 53Ko
NOTE: Scan by Loic Daneels ; w596*h735

Notices d'utilisation:
» Mike  Read  s  Computer  Pop  Quiz    (Release  TAPE)    ENGLISHDATE: 2024-03-10
DL: 10
TYPE: PDF
SiZE: 1680Ko
NOTE: Upload/scan by Nicholas CAMPBELL ; 4 pages/PDFlib v1.6

  » Mike  Read  s  Computer  Pop  Quiz    (Release  TAPE-DISC)    ENGLISHDATE: 2024-04-22
DL: 0
TYPE: PDF
SiZE: 1527Ko
NOTE: Supplied by archive.org ; 2 pages/PDFlib v1.6

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L'Amstrad CPC est une machine 8 bits à base d'un Z80 à 4MHz. Le premier de la gamme fut le CPC 464 en 1984, équipé d'un lecteur de cassettes intégré il se plaçait en concurrent  du Commodore C64 beaucoup plus compliqué à utiliser et plus cher. Ce fut un réel succès et sorti cette même années le CPC 664 équipé d'un lecteur de disquettes trois pouces intégré. Sa vie fut de courte durée puisqu'en 1985 il fut remplacé par le CPC 6128 qui était plus compact, plus soigné et surtout qui avait 128Ko de RAM au lieu de 64Ko.