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Description

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.

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ BBC Micro Comply with the school sock dress code or start a revolution?
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ Commodore 64 Suspended for wearing red socks...
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ Commodore 64 Make a selection from the available choices
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ BBC Micro Selecting choices at various points in the game changes the story.

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Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1985 92 out of 100 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82
Commodore Format Commodore 64 May, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1985 75 out of 100 75
Tilt Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Tilt Atari 8-bit Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum 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%)
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