Alpha-Beth/Alpha-Gen (A 'n F) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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By A 'n F
Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #107

Alpha-Beth is a computer game which is fun to play and has the added bonus of being educational. After fast loading a menu page is displayed. From this you can choose whether to play with the keyboard or joystick, change the keys used to play the game, display or alter the high-score boards or load an alternative database - this is where Alpha-Gen comes in.

The graphics consist of a screen depicting a computer. On the YOU there's a question for you to answer. You do this by making Beth jump about the keyboard to the appropriate letter and then entering that letter.

When you have completed the word or words of the answer you take Beth to the Enter key to finish.

There are, of course, the obligatory nasties trying to stop you on your journey around the keyboard - these can be a nuisance and detract from the overall performance.

Alpha-Beth comes with an inbuilt general knowledge database. The publishers hope that in future databases for a wide range of subjects will be available.

Alpha-Gen is a separate package which gives parents and teachers the opportunity to build sets of questions relevant to the situation.

Overall this is a good idea well implemented, with the right balance of fun and learning. At £5.75 it's a good buy.