Home Computing Weekly

By Budgie
Acorn Electron

Published in Home Computing Weekly #128

At last the old favourite travelling puzzle game has been computerised as budget software by Budgie. Shuffle contains a selection of pictures, patterns, numbers and letters which are divided in blocks and jumbled up by the computer for you to rearrange them to their original form.

The computer gives you the time you have taken and number of moves. There are eight different puzzles and three difficulty levels to choose from; at level three this game is really taxing. In order to slide the blocks in position eight keys are needed - which may seem excessive but they are very logically provided and you soon get used to them. Using a joystick speeds up the operation so it is worth using one here.

The graphics and the sound are very good. Although Shuffle is written-in BASIC, it has all the qualities of a good machine code game. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and the game simple to play but requires plenty of patience and brain power.

Shuffle is a game for the whole family to enjoy. For its price it's very professionally written and will shame many games retailing at much higher prices. Just goes to show that high price is not always a guarantee of quality. If you are a puzzle addict then Shuffle is definitely the game for you. Excellent value for money.


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