The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

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BBC Micro
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ZX Spectrum
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3.0
Atari 8-bit
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3.0
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Description

Sue Townsend created a phenomenon in the mid-1980s, essentially incorporating lots of sharp satire and observational humour into the diary of a confused teenager. It might sound like an odd idea for a computer game, but Level 9 felt that there was an adventure in there.

Most of the major characters from the book appear, including Adrian's warring parents and their respective flings, his sweetheart Pandora, his best mate Nigel, school bully Barry Kent, and curmudgeonly pensioner Bert Baxter. The game didn't use many typed commands. You would read passages of text (many of them from the book) and be given 3 choices as to what to do, which would lead to other events unfolding. Your aim throughout all of this was to make Adrian as popular as possible.

Screenshots

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ ZX Spectrum The game's scroll, this time with a reference to commentator Malcolm Muggeridge
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ ZX Spectrum Information about each character can be obtained on the menu
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ Amstrad CPC His Mum was singing from the top of the stairs at the top of her voice.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ Amstrad CPC Choose what to do.

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Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1985 92 out of 100 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Feb, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82
Commodore Format Commodore 64 May, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1985 75 out of 100 75
Tilt Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Tilt ZX Spectrum Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Tilt Atari 8-bit Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Nov, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

It is perhaps indicative of the game's cross-over nature of almost but not quite being a traditional adventure that the Spectrum magazine Crash! gave it two distinct reviews in the same issue - one in the Adventure Trail section (awarding it 9/10), and one in the main body of reviews (awarding it 86%)
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