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Grandslam, £19.95 disk

Espionage A ll you would-be spies out there get your black hat and… hold on, I’ve seen this somewhere before (That’s because you wrote it in the 64 review, Maff – Ed). Oh, yeah, that is it. Oh, well all there is to say is that the Amiga version of Espionage has just about the same sort of plot as the 64 version, really. So if you want to find out more information about the game then you would better flip back to page 16.

Well then, what are we going to do with the rest of this page then? Anyone know any good spy jokes? Oh, here’s one… there was an Irishman, a nun and a spy and they were in this shed… (That’s quite enough of that - Ed). Alright then, on with the comments…

Zzap, Issue 46, February 1989, p.68

Maff Evans Having played this after the pretty weak 64 conversion of Espionage, I can better assess the improvements. The speed of the game has been increased, so you are not left hanging around waiting for your go, and the whole thing is clearer and easier to understand. Another point is that you can work out the likely strategies of the computer player (not that they always do what you expect). I still do not see a great deal of point in putting a board game onto a computer if the single player mode is not very good – and for this reason (as well as the extra cost) the Amiga version does not score as highly as it might.

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Kati Hamza After listening to Maff and Gordo moaning about the 64 version of Espionage I thought, ‘it cannot be that bad’; unfortunately, it is. The Amiga version is certainly an improvement, with speedier gameplay, better appearance and jazzed up music (no sound effects, though), but it is still not all that it should have been. If a board game is to work on a computer, then it has to go overboard with the presentation or alter the gameplay totally. Unfortunately, Grandslam have done neither. Sorry guys, but it is not quite there.

PRESENTATION 82%
Clear layout and some options, but there should be a lot more glossy wrapping.
GRAPHICS 84%
A fair representation of the Espionage board and symbols, but where are the animation and pictures to liven it up?
SOUND 65%
Great music which plays throughout; no sound effects.
HOOKABILITY 81%
As tricky as any board game initially; once learnt, you will play for a while.
LASTABILITY 67%
Good fun with friends, but it will soon get boring in single player mode.
OVERALL 58%
An average board game conversion, but without the necessary pazazz.

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