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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.


Split Personalities ZX Spectrum Margaret Thatcher
Split Personalities Commodore 16, Plus/4 Finished Sir Clive Sinclair
Split Personalities Commodore 64 Constantly opened doors make this level very hard
Split Personalities Commodore 16, Plus/4 Start of level 1

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Alternate Titles

  • "Splitting Images" -- Original title (later changed because of copyright issues with Central Television)
  • "Splitting Image" -- Working title

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ZX Computing ZX Spectrum Aug, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Aug, 1986 10 out of 10 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1986 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 93 out of 100 93
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1986 90 out of 100 90
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Oct, 1986 84 out of 100 84
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 16 out of 20 80
64'er Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 11 out of 15 73
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1991 31 out of 100 31


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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.


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

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