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Split Personalities

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
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2.5
Commodore 64
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2.7
Amstrad CPC
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0.8
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Description

Sliding block puzzle games were one of the many non-electronic forms of entertainment re-made with new twists for the digital age. The basic premise involves being presented with 1 of 10 pictures (representing famous figures such as Ronald Reagan, Maggie Thatcher, Lady Diana and even Sir Clive Sinclair), with the complete picture presented at the side of the screen. You must move your cursor onto the, pick up a piece, and place it onto the main playing area, ensuring that you can move the others into place. Unlike with the plastic versions there are 16 pieces to fit into 20 spaces, allowing more leeway in terms of continual sliding. The complications in this version include gaps in the playing area which swallow pieces and return them to the bank, a time limit, bombs which have to be moved off the screen to avoid losing a life, and bonus objects to be moved in specific ways for bonus points.

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Split Personalities Commodore 64 Constantly opened doors make this level very hard
Split Personalities Commodore 64 Fuel moved against a match results in explosion
Split Personalities Commodore 64 Main task is to build up a split picture of the character
Split Personalities Commodore 64 Watch out for every black crack in the border

Alternate Titles

  • "Splitting Image" -- Working title

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The Press Says

ZX Computing ZX Spectrum Aug, 1986 A 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1986 90 out of 100 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Oct, 1986 84 out of 100 84
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 16 out of 20 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1991 31 out of 100 31

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Trivia

Working title

The producers of TV show Spitting Image (which featured puppets impersonating political figures to mock their policies and personality traits) intervened to prevent the game being released under its original title.

Awards

  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Puzzle Games (editorial staff choice)

Contributed to by Kabushi (123328) and Martin Smith (63142)