Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Geography Quiz; Capitals And Populations
Author : Richard Hanson
Standalone Release(s) : 1984: WORLD GEOGRAPHY, Superior, £7.95
1989: PRES GAMES DISC 6, PRES, £9.95
Compilation Release(s) : None
Stated compatibility : Electron
Actual compatibility : Electron, BBC B, B+ and Master 128
Supplier : SUPERIOR, Department C, Ground Floor, Regent House, Skinner
Lane, LEEDS 7
Disc compatibility : ADFS 1D00, CDFS 1D00, DFS 1D00
Instructions currently unavailable.
Review (Electron User)
Geography - not the most exciting subject, is it? That's what I thought before I began reviewing one of Superior Software's latest releases. You are first presented with an accurate hi-resolution map of the world, filling the top two thirds of the screen. This is followed by the test at the bottom.
You begin by deciding what you want to be tested on - capitals, populations, or both. You then choose one of the eight levels, which, when put together, cover a massive 166 countries. On the hardest level you get asked about small countries such as Djibouti, which I had certainly never heard of.
You will probably have wondered how the test on population works - how accurate answers need to be? Well this program overcomes many problems by saying that any answer within a reasonable percentage is correct. So it will be accurate for many years to come.
While progressing through your test, the country in question is highlighted on the map with a small flashing circle, enabling you to identify its position.
After being pelted with questions on about 20 countries, your ordeal ends and your percentage of correct answers is given. It was here that I unearthed a definite bug in my copy of the program. Once you have been given your results, you are asked: "Do you want to try this again?". If your answer is Yes, the program just ends. This means you have to type RUN to carry on.
But overall, I believe this is a well written program. I found it both interesting and absorbing and think it has potential use in both school and home.
Richard Tacagni, ELECTRON USER 2. 1