How's That? Tales from a long room as Botham and Bug Byte bat it out. Over to our commentators at the Electron keyboard
Here in the pavillion we've set up an Electron and played an afternoon's excellent cricket with Bug Byte's budget game Cricket and Tynesoft's summertime sizzler Ian Botham's Test Match. This may be the only game he gets this summer and the larger than life cricketer's endorsement of the game is a big pull for fans. We gave the games forty overs apiece to see how they compared, with each other, with the real thing and with games which have appeared in the distant past of the BBC and Electron and which might still be lurking on dusty computer shop shelves somewhere. These former games are A n F's Howzat, Virgin Games and CRL's Test Match. Cricket
Bug Byte's game is one day Sunday afternoon stroll type cricket match. The teams, probably just out of the pub, play 10, 20 or 40 overs. You can play one or two player with separate sets of keys for the latter option. The game is also joystick-compatible which can be useful at a crowded Electron keyboard. The bowler bowls from one end only and the batsman hits the ball with Space Bar. The scores can vary from one to four with fours and sixes.
The batsman's shot varies with the type of bowling, slow, fast or spin. On fast the batsman finds it easier to hit sixes. On slow the ball cannot be hit so far and on spin it tends to come straight down when hit in the air and it's difficult to get any distance on the shot. The computer takes on the role of bowler or batsman as required.
At the end of each over the score is displayed and now is the time to change bowler type and field positions. A batsman can't be caught out or by given out LBW but only bowled. The batsman wanders off as the bowler looks on gleefully.