Commodore User

A Question Of Sport
By Elite
Commodore 64

Published in Commodore User #64

A Question Of Sport

Quite extraordinary! Elite seems to have been keeping a low profile since Live And Let Buggy Boy, then all of a sudden you hear adverts for this on independent radio, and they've slapped an extra fiver on the price to pay for them! Quite extraordinary!!

Fans of the TV programme, and I count myself among them, will need no introduction to the format of this sports quiz game. For those of you terminally bored by sport be it show-jumping or football, why are you reading this review?

The conversion of the game to the home computer has obviously involved some corner cutting. Quite a great deal actually. Whilst the 16-bit version has digitised pictures, the C64 simply has representations of team members. The picture board has been replaced by numbers which reveal a particular topic like motor racing, football, tennis etc. The David Coleman picture than asks a question about that subject. The questions scroll across the screen and you've given a time limit.

A Question Of Sport

The next round is the Mystery Personality. No you don't get a fragment of ear lobe or a broken nose to identify, instead you're given clues as to someone's identity. You get three chances to guess correctly.

Home Or Away follows next, in which you can either answer questions on your favourite subjects or take a flyer on knowing the name of Bolivia's 1927 Palotta champ.

What Happened Next clearly caused a few more problems, so you are given descriptions of an event and you have to say from four options what you think occurred.

Round five is the Quick Fire and you're pitted against your opponent or the computer to give the answer. After that, it's back to the picture board for a nail-biting finish.

It all takes place in about as much time as it takes to read this, so there's no time wasted playing it. As the translation of a licence, it's about the best you could expect. There's five banks of questions, which I don't think is enough, but they're easily read and understood and clearly well-researched. That said, the time might be right for trivia games, but the board version is better, and you can still play along to the real thing at home.

Mike Colemanballs