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Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz

Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz ZX Spectrum Loading screen

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Description

BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read presented a pop music quiz show, which is recreated here with questions from the 50s to the 80s. You can play against the computer or another human; either way, select a specialist subject and 2 team-mate graphics (all representing white people). The overall style and presentation are very similar to Elite's earlier A Question of Sport license.

In the first round you select one of twelve random questions from the Jukebox, each of which has four options. A correct answer earns you two points, while an incorrect answer gives your opponent the chance to steal for one point. In round 2 you get three clues to name a star - you get three points for guessing from one clue, two points from two, and one point if you need all 3. In round three, choose an Easy question (from your category) for one point, or a Hard one (from someone else's) for two.

Round four asks you to Guess The Year that a set of events happened in, with scoring the same as round 2. Then comes the quickfire round - answer up to nine questions in 45 seconds, with a 2-second penalty for an incorrect answer. Finally, the six remaining Jukebox pictures are revealed and answered.

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Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz Amstrad CPC Title screen.
Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz ZX Spectrum Victory
Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz ZX Spectrum Optional answers
Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz Commodore 64 Name the year Old Grey Whistle Test began

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The Press Says

Raze DOS Dec, 1990 70 out of 100 70
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 58 out of 100 58
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 56 out of 100 56
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 506 out of 1000 51

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Trivia

Digitised staff

The Amiga version showed digitised portraits instead of drawn ones. According to The Games Machine, the digitised people (except Mike Read of course) were all Elite staff.
Contributed to by Agamenon3 (3264) and Martin Smith (63134)