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Events in the rural village of Ambridge have enthralled BBC Radio 4 listeners since 1950. The computer game re-creation casts you as one of the scriptwriters. The game is split into four parts, in which you control Jack Woolley, Elizabeth Archer, Eddie Grundy and Nelson Gabriel in turn. Guide each character through their decisions (from 3 multiple-choices), with the aim of choosing the most listener-friendly choices. Your choices affect the show's rating directly, as well as changing the forthcoming plot much more than in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾.

Characters can be removed from the show depending on how you develop certain storylines, but make sure not to axe the popular ones. Avoid offending special-interest groups, as the BBC comes down hard on writers who generate complaints.

In some versions you can play the four parts individually; in others, progressing onto controlling a character is conditional on increasing the ratings while controlling the previous one.

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The Archers Atari 8-bit No matter what I tried, we are still losing money.
The Archers Atari 8-bit Poachers in the woods! This is not good!
The Archers Atari 8-bit Choose what to do.
The Archers Amstrad CPC I decided to advertise but the shop is still losing money.

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Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1987 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1987 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) MSX Feb, 1987 7.25 out of 12 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1987 7.25 out of 12 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Feb, 1987 7.25 out of 12 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1987 7.25 out of 12 60
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Jan, 1987 45 out of 100 45

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