Sinclair User


Eye
By Endurance Games
Spectrum 48K

 
Published in Sinclair User #70

Eye

I've never been convinced of the merit of converting board games to computers.

Eye is a boardgame aimed at the yuppie market I suppose. Certainly, it has the classic simplicity of games like chess and draughts, but I haven't found either the board game or the computer version very gripping.

The micro version is for one to four players and the playing area consists of a circular field containing 32 coloured squares formed by two intersecting spirals. There are eight different colours, each having four squares visible at any time. These spiral grids can be rotated to uncover a new pattern of colours.

Eye

The aim, then, is to get your counters on to the same coloured squares on the board.

Movement rules are simple. On any turn you can move to an adjacent square, and/or turn the spiral. You can't jump over an occupied square or land on it.

The big problem is that the simplicity of the game makes it look pretty dull on the computer screen. While you can't object to the quality of the conversion, it won't excite you much, simply because the board game won't excite you much.

Overall Summary

A perfectly decent conversion of a board game which itself, unfortunately, doesn't generate much excitement.

Chris Jenkins

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