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BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read presented a pop music quiz show, which is recreated here with questions from the 50s to the 80s. You can play against the computer or another human; either way, select a specialist subject and 2 team-mate graphics (all representing white people). The overall style and presentation are very similar to Elite's earlier A Question of Sport license.

In the first round you select one of twelve random questions from the Jukebox, each of which has four options. A correct answer earns you two points, while an incorrect answer gives your opponent the chance to steal for one point. In round 2 you get three clues to name a star - you get three points for guessing from one clue, two points from two, and one point if you need all 3. In round three, choose an Easy question (from your category) for one point, or a Hard one (from someone else's) for two.

Round four asks you to Guess The Year that a set of events happened in, with scoring the same as round 2. Then comes the quickfire round - answer up to nine questions in 45 seconds, with a 2-second penalty for an incorrect answer. Finally, the six remaining Jukebox pictures are revealed and answered.


Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz ZX Spectrum Pre-pop music also features in the questions - the timer's ticking down
Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz Amstrad CPC Hello Mike.
Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz ZX Spectrum Part of a clue

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ST Format Atari ST Nov, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Raze DOS Dec, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Raze Amiga Dec, 1990 66 out of 100 66
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST May, 1989 7.2 out of 12 60
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 58 out of 100 58
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 56 out of 100 56
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jul, 1989 55 out of 100 55
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jul, 1989 527 out of 1000 53
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jun, 1989 52 out of 100 52
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 506 out of 1000 51


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Digitised staff

The Amiga version showed digitised portraits instead of drawn ones. According to The Games Machine, the digitised people (except Mike Read of course) were all Elite staff.
Contributed to by Agamenon3 (5171) and Martin Smith (66827)