Just when you thought it
was safe to go back into the
computer store... Genus II
back, in the guise of Triv - A
. Now I like Triv
always have done, but I found
the first computerised versions
frankly a bit of a downer. Why?
Well I always thought them a bit
tacky... nothing to do with the
quality of the graphics, or even
the question tapes... they just
weren't computer games! They
were board games in the
disguise of computer games! It
would seem that Domark had
that feeling as well, and knowing
what suckers we are for general
knowledge quizzes, they've
in an entirely
new way. "How would it look,"
postulated Dom, leaning on the
fireplace resplendant in stripey
blazer, "If we redesigned it as it
would be if it was a computer
game to start with?" Mark
obviously concurred wiv his
spivvy chum, as you can see
from the screenshots.
Each player (for this is multi-player time, sports fans) controls
a laser powered spaceship; a bit
like a really strong torch whizzing
backwards through the universe.
To save the Earth, you must gain
acceptance by the elders of the
planet Genus II and say, "is it
okay if I move in with a couple of
billion of my pals? For the Earth
is dying and we need
somewhere to doss down for the
next few centuries while we get
the builders in."
Of course there's a catch. The
elders, being kind hearted if a bit
twisty, will let us in... but only if
we can find them. Oh brother.
You have to search the galaxy to
find Genus II, and along the way
you get to answer a lot of
General Knowledge questions
and collect triangular icons on
the dash of your space cruiser.
Hah! Sound familiar? Yep, it's
Look here, I did try to hate this
game. No really I did. I wanted to
find it facile and boring and a
poor excuse for a licence... but
I like it. It's actually not at all bad,
and looks a bit pretty on the
screen too. You can get some
mates round to play it and have
BIG FUN, surfin' suckers. But
hey! Air out your bedroom first?
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