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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (ZX Spectrum)

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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.

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ ZX Spectrum The heart obviously refers to Pandora, not the oranges
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ ZX Spectrum Private Eye magazine calls the Telegraph newspaper the Torygraph as well (as a dig at their Conservative views)
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ ZX Spectrum To perfect man David Bowie, and all the other stars, there's evidence here to show you that there is Life on Mars
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ ZX Spectrum The game rates your performance as you go

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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82
Tilt Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Sinclair User 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%)
Kabushi (132109) added The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 10, 2004
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