ZX Computing

Jonah Barrington's Squash
By New Generation
Spectrum 48K

Published in ZX Computing #20

Jonah Barrington's Squash

Yet another sports simulation but this one, for one or two players, gives you the pleasure of actually hearing the scores as the machine annihilates you.

Well, sort of. The idea is good and if you listen carefully enough you can make out the words, but I'm afraid the Spectrum sound system has defeated yet another brilliant programming feat. when connected to a tape recorder the quality did improve, the DK sound box helped even more but even at its best it sounded like a Dalek with a sore throat.

But apart from that, this game would be a winner without the speech. It's fast, furious and, with clever, well animated graphic characters, the game is all an armchair Squash player could desire.

The action screen is set on the left in 3D perspective graphics and by careful positioning and choice of angle, learnt only after much practice, a level of control can be achieved. A wide range of options are offered, one/two player, keyboard or joystick and four levels of difficulty.

Full instructions are provided, which was useful as I have so far managed to avoid offers from healthy individuals to have a go and so I had never played before. I know of the game's reputation though and I reckon it's the only game I know to extend realism to the extent of causing a cardiac arrest.