Who said, 'It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, it's how you make the custard.' We did, of course. Just now. If you always fancied yourself as a bit of a whixz at 'Quote... Unquote' on Radio 4, you might want to have a little look at this new quiz game. Or you might not. Angela Cook did, so we let her.
Tim said that I could only write about "Who Said That" if my review was different from any other printed in AA. I wrote it in German and he complained no end. I don't know, there's no pleasing some people.
So what is it, this game, this program, this thing? Well, if s a game. In one sense if s slightly educational - it tests what you know, or don't know. In another sense, if s more tor fun (ahem). Although it's quite a good game to play, if s aimed at the older person, well read, or just a lucky guesser. Not your average acne-covered, Joystick-waggling kid.
So, Who Said That tests the powers ot recollection. You're given a quote, then a list of names. For example. "The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful Greenpeace boat. They took some honey, and all was sunny, until they were blown out of the water by the French Secret Service."
Now comes the question, Who Said That? I am given a few options. Elizabeth Taylor (I don't think so), Spitting Image (Quite likely) and John Bunyan (Whoever he is) (He wrote Pilgrim's Progress - Tim). I select Spitting image, and surprise surprise, I'm right. This continues, with you getting, oooh, massive amounts of points for a correct answer, and funnily enough none for a wrong one.
You are allowed four incorrect answers per set. Get the fourth wrong, and you're out of the big black chair, off the hot spot, gone. The scoring is quite good, first right answer gets seven points, then six and so on. The points are totted up in what looks like a deformed Dalek.
The actual display of the whole game is pretty good. Everything is well set out, and it's obvious the author was not colour blind either. There is a new lonf used for the writing, gothic, in a range of colours. Quite effective, but sometimes difficult to read.
Don't fret over not having enough variety. There are nearly 300 sets of quotes, so you will not get through all of them in a hurry. I understand this took about 2 years to research, so you can imagine the sort of work and accuracy that has gone into this thing.
Was it Lizzie Taylor that said "I am not the girl I was, Thank God"? Was it really Andy "Banana' Wahol that said everybody should be famous for fifteen minutes? Play the game, and find out.
Sorry 464ers, this one is available on disc only. This is because of the amount of stuff that is included in just one program. i did notice the distinct absence of any muttiplayer mode. That would have made the game a little more desirable, but it hasn't got it. so that's tough sfhower curtains- Ed)
Another aspect of any game, and particularly this one. are the sound effects. The noise. The annoying noise. The noise which makes you want to put a bucket over your head. A bucket full of water. Actually the sound effects are not all that bad, it's just the music at the end of each round. It's strange. An Underground Velvet sort of strange. (Would that be Reed Lou's Underground Velvet? - Tim)
GRAPHICS : Pretty imaginative, good for this type of game, 90%
SONICS : Stick your favourite Stones album on instead, 80%
GRAB FACTOR : Not for kids, but adult* will just lick it up. 80%
STAYING POWER : Nothing to really blow your mind, but well researched and worm the money. 88%
FINAL RATING : 85%