FLUCK and Law come to the smaller screen intent on giving an irreverent chuckle to all their TV show fans. And offending just as many, too.
Here's the scene: Within the next seven years a world war will take place, one so great that even the Swiss will get involved. A war so terrible the Italians have already surrendered. One leader will emerge from this war. It is your task to stop him ans ave the world from a fate worse than ITV.
Wrapped up in a cute cover offering a free Barry Manilow - not supplied with review copy, thank goodness - the game is essentially a boxing-cum-
First you must - and I quite from the instructions - "select the leader you would like to rule even less than all the other leaders you wouldn't like to lead either". This is one set of instructions you'll want to read. They are short but hilarious.
Anyway, the leader in question is one you are about to beat up. Next you choose who will do the beating up. Scores flash on to the screen at various times, but it's difficult to judge how well you're doing. Control is with a joystick. Victory is the best of five bouts.
There are six leaders - Gorbachev, Reagan, Thatcher, The Pope, President Botha and the Ayatollah. As well as being able to strike a blow at their opponent's head, body and feet, each leader has a special move. The Ayatollah's is a boxing glove which comes out of his hat. Botha's involves dropping something and slashing.
Each leader also has a sidekick who comes out to help when you press the zero key. Mrs T's sidekick is Dennis, who appears, throws a gin bottle at her opponent - listen for the sound of breaking glass - and then passes out. The Ayatollah's sidekick sends a burning burst of intestinal gas across the screen.
When you knock out one leader you choose another two, and so on until... well, that's the whole point of the game, so I can't reveal what happens.
The main screen, where you choose the protagonists, shows a globe of the world disguised as a bomb. Moving the cross-hair over different parts of it reveals such tantalising items of information such as The Wet Bits (oceans), Fuzzy
As a political satire, Spitting Image is superb. As a game, however, once you've chuckled your way through a few bouts it's bound to lose some of its appeal.