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Old Macdonald's Farm


"A fine collection of good ideas incorporated in good software design, particularly recommended for Space Invader-weary parents."
The Micro User


These two testing and absorbing programs were written by head teacher Gordon Askew. Their aim is to sharpen observational skills and visual memory. With two very different themes, and three games in each program, there is lots of fun and variety for the whole family.

OLD MACDONALD'S FARM features sheep, geese, pigs and cows in three amusing games. The first game, Memory, challenges the player to remember and then recreate a farmyard scene. Odd-one-Out tests observation by presenting three sets of animals which seem the same - but are they? Spot the odd one out and gain points! Snap for one or two players, is an old favourite; this version challenges the player to be quick on the button.

With two levels of difficulty, these games are recommended for 4-7 year olds.

S.O.R.T. - the Space Observer Recruitment Test measures the player's readiness for a space mission. Space age scenes of rockets, space stations and aliens feature in three testing games where quickness of hand and eye ensure success. Playable at practice levels, the ultimate challenge runs all three games one after the other, under test conditions. With a high-score table this is a fun competition for the whole family from seven yearts upwards.


On loading OLD MACDONALD'S FARM, you will be presented with a choice of three games; Memory, Odd-one-Out and Snap. Choose your game by pressing the key number indicated.

A second menu page will appear. This offers a choice of two difficulty levels and the option to see instructions. In Snap you can also choose whether to play a one- or a two-player game.

S.O.R.T. starts with an introduction page setting the scene for the tests which follow. The menu which follows offers the choice of practising any of the three S.O.R.T. tests, or taking the full test. Each individual test is preceded by brief on-screen instructions. At the start of the full test, the player must enter his or her name. At the end of the full S.O.R.T., the player's score is recorded on a top-score table, setting a challenge for other family members.

S.O.R.T. and MAC

During play you may leave the game and return to the first menu by pressing ESCAPE. The sound may be turned off using the Q key and turned back on by using the S key.

Cover Art Language(s): English
Compatibility: BBC Model B, BBC Model B+, BBC Master 128, Acorn Electron
Release: Professionally released On Cassette
Original Release Date: 1st Mar 1985
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