EVERY so often a game loading time-and that's from tape-comes along that is original, the game bursts on to the screen, well executed and fun to You are presented with a menu with play. Video Classics isn't the options to play tennis, football, that game. After about 15 seconds solo or normal squash, Four Bat Blip or Astrofriperoids - all against the computer or another person.
Yes, Video Classics is based on the very early computer TV games -the ones that were usually made by Binatone in horrible orange plastic boxes with knobs.
After much messing about with the aerial cable, a picture of two oblongs (the bats) and a small square (the ball) appeared on the screen. Then father stole the controls and played with it himself all night.
Tennis, football and squash are self explanatory. Four bat blip is just tennis with two bats along the top as well as down the sides. Innovative, eh? Astrooliperoids is the nearest thing in the game to originality. Imagine tennis with four blobs wandering up and down the screen getting in the way. That is Astro-bliperoids.
In several of the games the ball will travel quite happily through a bat. While playing squash it is impossible to tell your bat and the computer's bat apart, which, to say the least, makes play difficult. In solo squash you actually get 10 points every time you miss the ball. I racked up rather a good score on this one.
If Video Classics was debugged and some extra sound added it might make an enjoyable history lesson for those who missed out on the birth of the TV game. For those who buy games to play and enjoy -forget it, I've seen better games on pocket calculators.