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Title: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: The Computer Game
Author: Vici MacDonald
Source: Smash Hits
Publish date: 25 Sept - 8 Oct 1985

Just when you thought there wasn’t anything left in the entire universe that Frankie hadn’t put their name to, along comes Frankie Goes To Hollywood — The Computer Game. Produced by Ocean Software it costs £9.95, and includes a free cassette featuring a ‘special live recording’ of ‘Relax’ taken from The Tube. The game itself is apparently based on a ‘concept’ by ZTT about ‘life imitating art’, and is meant to be a ‘computer interpretation’ of the ‘Welcome To The Pleasure Dome’ LP. In fact, apart from some of the graphics and a computery version of ‘Two Tribes’, it hasn’t really got that much to do with Frankie, but is a very fab game.

You start life as a little bloke (or blokette) with no personality, scuttling around the terraced streets of ‘Mundanesville’, trying to collect everyday items like sperms and flak jackets. As you do this, a little bar graph shows how much of a ‘complete person’ you’ve become. Gradually you discover various parallel universes, where you have to perform all sorts of heroic feats (e.g. save Merseyside from destruction, shoot Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan etc.). Do all this (and lots more), and you eventually become a ‘complete person’, and allowed into The Pleasure Dome.

It’s not easy; I played all night and only achieved a personality rating of 35% (Quite accurate really — Ed.). Unfortunately, it seems Ver Lads themselves haven’t played it, so now we’ll never find out whether Ped’s got a personality or not.