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Bob Holness hosted this fondly-remembered quiz show, in which students competed to answer enough questions correctly to complete a run of answers across the board. This was the latest and most sophisticated computer version of the concept.

The exact mechanics of the game have been customized slightly. You start by choosing a question, which are all represented by the first letter of the answer. You must 'buzz in' by pressing your letter to input the answer (don't worry about exact spelling). If you get the question wrong, the computer chooses a square (seemingly with no strategy). In two player games each player has their own buzzer, and a correct answer sees you choose the next question. A digitized version of Bob's face reads out the questions - just be careful if you get any where the answer is 'organism'...


Blockbusters Amstrad CPC The game's title screen
Blockbusters Amstrad CPC The game's configuration screen. Here its a one player game against the computer
Blockbusters Amstrad CPC When two games have been won the player gets a chance at the Gold Run game
Blockbusters Amstrad CPC The game allows for spelling mistakes and answers that are near enough the right answer to be classed as being correct

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Alternate Titles

  • "Ateb ac Atal" -- Welsh title

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Amtix! Sep, 1986 53 out of 100 53


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piltdown_man (209676) added Blockbusters (Amstrad CPC) on Mar 19, 2011
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