Facemaker (ASK) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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By A.S.K.
BBC Model B

Published in Home Computing Weekly #25

This has to be the most surprising educational program I have seen. The idea is to build up faces on the screen by answering questions about the features and seeing the product of your answers appear.

The questions cover such things as eyes, hair, mouth, ears, etc. and some alternatives are given e.g. small or large for eyes.

My first criticism is that there are not enough alternatives in some cases, like ear size, so you have to make inappropriate choices.

There are also no alternatives for age or colour/ethnic type, so it would not really be of great value in multi-ethnic schools. In fact, the question of value is a rather difficult one to assess. I cannot really think of any area of education where this fills a need and the Educational Notes in the accompanying booklet are just as vague as I am!

There is no way I would be prepared to spend this amount of money for the little and gimmicky use this program is likely to get in school or home. Once final and major point is the total lack of a screen dumping facility - so your masterpiece is lost forever as soon as another is created.


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