Grange Hill

• Publisher: Argus Press
• Developer:
Binary Design
Release Date: 1987
Code: Michael Delves

GFX: Jeremy Nelson
Music: David Whittaker

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 19%
Our Game Rating: 25%


FILE: grangehillend.zip


> GRANGE HILL by Argus Press Software

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Grange Hill was a hugely popular UK kid's TV show in the seventies and eighties. It was low budget and badly acted, but we all loved it (it wasn't badly acted! - Vinny).

I really wanted to play the game but never seemed to get hold of a copy back then. It's probably because nobody had a copy, being as the game is bloody awful! It's an arcade style adventure where you control Gonch, who I think was the ginger haired kid in the TV series. The whole adventure is based on retrieving a walkman (!?) - which is pretty silly. You have a mate, Hollo, who hangs around too - and has a very minor part to play in completing the game, so he's almost pointless. You have to collect items to give to various characters which allow you to access different areas of the game. You get to just say 'No!' to a drug pusher in the game - so the anti drugs campaign from the TV series is evident within the game too. It's a shame that the programmer didn't take this advice, as it seems he was high when he wrote this game. The game looks a bit better than the Spectrum version, but the sprites are chunky and badly drawn. The animation is jerky, the control method is terrible and the game is short and very dull. It's pretty awful.

Here comes the ending...

...and there it goes.

The End!

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I found a solution online and followed it. It didn't take long at all as there's very little to do.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: To beat the game, you need to return home to your mum with the walkman. If you manage this, you get to read a few paragraphs of dialog between Gonch and his mum. He basically shows her the walkman, she isn't interested, she says you have to fill an insurance form in and that you will have to break back into the school to return it ?!? etc etc It's all a bit silly and pointless. It's one of the dullest conclusions to a game I've ever read. I would have actually preferred a simple 'Well done!', or ideally an animated sausage on a fork flying across the screen.... oh well...


  • Neil: It's a poor game from start to finish. The puzzles are poor, the storyline is dull and the ending is confusing and boring.

    I've always wanted to beat this one, as I was wanted to find out more about the game that I never had. It's a shame the whole experience was a waste of my precious gaming time.

  • Vinny: I've always been a massive fan of the BBC 1 Children's programme and recently started to collect them on DVD. Strange thing is - I have never played the game because it always look total cack and didn't appeal to me whatsoever! Looks like I was right :-)

    As for the ending... all I can think of is the ending ditty from the actual programme would be perfect here (and I mean the old version; not the cack new one!)... # Dana-now-nooow#

  • Andrew Fisher: Always used to enjoy watching Grange Hill but avoided the game after the bad reviews. I suppose it is ending, but very dull since it's basically extra text and a bit convoluted.

  • Brendan Phoenix: And the old beginning was much better - the one like a comic book strip where the fork picked up the sausage - awesome.

    Justin Lee Collin's Bring Back Grange Hill was great. Unlike this ending. Man it's poor, reminds me of that crap Andy Capp ending.

    Another wasted licence opportunity...

  • Andy Vaisey: Legend TV show, rubbish game and an ending that needs to spend the rest of it's life in detention.

    Ending Score: F

  • Gaz Spence: The text emulates the stilted dialogue of the series really well. Very poor indeed.

FINAL SAY: A total waste of time!

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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