MY REGARDS TO BROAD STREET
MINDGAMES, £7.99 cass, joystick only
Drive around London in search of the lost music
a scale map of central London in Broad St's huge
playing area. Only a portion is displayed and scrolls
as you move your car about the streets of the capital.
scenario is based on the disappointing film of the same
name, namely that your potentially mega-selling record
has been taken and amnesia has set in. You have to rush
about looking for your friends, who each can remember
fragments of 'No More Lonely Nights'.
problem is all you friends are wandering around the
London Underground. With the aid of your car computer
you have to intercept them as they emerge from the tube.
This requires an awful lot of rushing around, usually
from one side of London to another. You are given your
friends' haunts on the excellently produced instruction
sheet. Using this, and regularly updated information
on where they've been seen most recently, you must use
your intuition to guess where they're going to pop up
down the middle of Warwick Avenue -- the
tube station of same name is above you. The panel
bottom left shows that Barbara was sighted coming
out of Westminster tube at 8.47 am. The scanner
in bottom middle shows the nearby streets.
you succeed in recovering the entire tune (this would
take a lot of doing), you reach the game's final stage
in which you apparently have to assemble the notes correctly
in a hectic session in the mixing studio. Unfortunately
you have to work out for yourself how to use the mixing
desk. . . .
you don't succeed inside the time limit, the robbers
publish the record and you are reduced to busking.
the game all the information is nicely presented on
screen and the streets scroll nicely when you are travelling.
The wings hit 'Band On The Run' plays rather drearily
throughout -- other than that, sound is nonexistent.
graphics are competent, with a nice screen when you
are waiting for a friend outside a tube. If you stand
around for too long, a traffic warden will put a clamp
on your car!
The control of your car is very tricky, and the map
scrolls at a furious rate as you whizz along. It's also
very easy to get lost in the maze of streets. Indeed,
unless you're familiar with the streets of London, you'll
find the game impossible to play alone without the constant
use of the pause button and reference to the map. It
works better if you have a friend to do the mapping