Bit of a puzzle
The name Anonymouse definitely shows a sense of fun, and I think good humour is what you need if you buy this collection. There are two discs - DeskGames 1 and DeskGames 2 - but if you order them both you get five games on one disc which even then is less than half full. Still, it's not quantity that counts, so let's look at each in order.
On DeskGames 1, first up - apart from the advert - is Icon Machine which is a one armed bandit using the already-seen icons. There are nudge and hold facilities but no animation and hardly any sound. Clicking Menu on the window brings up two options: One to start again and the other presenting the scoring system.
Passing on quickly, we come to Pair Match. This has some nicely drawn playing cards but is the same as Icon Match - see later - except with four rows of 13 playing cards instead of icons.
With despair beginning to set in we get to Reversi - otherwise known as Othello. The board for this is small but quite pleasant and it's easy to grasp the strategic positioning of the pieces.
Four levels of skill are selectable and, unlike any other game in this collection, the options include having the micro play both sides or having two human players - if only the others games had these facilities.
This is the third version of Reversi to appear on the Archimedes, the earlier ones being on the Arcendium by Dabs Press (reviewed April 1989) and Family Favourites from Minerva (reviewed February), neither of which were multi-tasking.
Of these two only the Arcendium version played a strong game - in fact it was almost unbeatable at high level - while the Minerva version was a walkover.