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Frankie Goes to Hollywood

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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2.3
Commodore 64
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3.1
ZX Spectrum
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3.2
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Description

Playing a thoroughly drab, mundane and predictable character, your aim is to become interesting enough to reach the Pleasuredome. After discovering a gruesome murder, your interest in something greater than the routine of 80s Liverpool is awoken.

You explore the streets and houses in the search of a way out. The main basis of the game involves picking up objects and using them in the correct way - most objects have more than one potential use, and misusing them is the only way the game can be lost. There are several sub-games along the way, including shoot 'em ups, a maze and a jigsaw puzzle.

Screenshots

Frankie Goes to Hollywood Commodore 64 You can navigate the different streets by comparing door colours
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Commodore 64 The Two Tribes sub-game, with Reagan and Gorbachev spitting at each other
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Commodore 64 Loading screen
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Amstrad CPC Starting location

Alternate Titles

  • "Frankie: The Computer Game" -- Loading screen title

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The Press Says

Your Commodore Commodore 64 Oct, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Sep, 1985 97 out of 100 97
Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1985 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Oct, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Aug, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Banned single

The band the game was named after, hit the headlines and made them a huge success in 1984 with a banned single. The single that came with the game Relax was banned by the BBC in 1984 after complaints by Radio One DJ Mike Read who took offence to the singles cover and the lewd lyrics. This prompted the record to sell in huge amounts and took the record to Number One in the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for five weeks.

Extras

The game comes with a second audio tape, containing an exclusive live mix of the band's hit single Relax.

Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 02/1986 - #6 Best Game in 1985 (Readers' Vote)

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