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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 does't use many typed commands. Instead the player reads passages of text (many of them from the book) and is given 3 choices as to what to do, which lead to other events unfolding. You can also use a help option which displays information about characters featured in the diary. Your aim throughout all of this is to make Adrian as popular as possible. The player's score and ranking is displayed at particular times during the game. The percentage achieved relates to the rank, with 26% being 'a spotty creep' and 38% 'a middling thicko' for example.


The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ Amstrad CPC Loading screen
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ Amstrad CPC Choose what to do.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ Amstrad CPC Choose what part to load.
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.

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Amtix! Dec, 1985 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82
Amstrad Action Dec, 1985 80 out of 100 80
Tilt Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67


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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 (257593) added The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (Amstrad CPC) on Feb 05, 2006
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