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Ian Botham's Test Match
Title:Ian Botham's Test Match
Release Date:
Machine:PAL Only
Code Type:Machine code
Retail Price:£7.95
Game ending type:(n/a)
Released by:Tynesoft Computer Software
Coded by:R., Derek
Notes:Working title: "Ian Botham's Cricket".
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  External links:
    ZX Spectrum release
    C64 release
    Amstrad CPC release
    BBC release

User Rating: 4.7/10 (4 votes)
Ian Botham's Test Match Title Screenshot

Ian Botham's Test Match Screenshot

Appeared On Compilations
Two Classic Games

Review: Commodore Computing International August 1986 (Magazine/English) Page 46

Cassette Front Cover
Cassette Front Cover
Cassette Cover (Instructions)
Cassette Cover (Instructions)


Commodore Computing International Review (August 1986)
Not a very appropriate title considering Botham's been banned from test matches! The picture on the back of the packaging is a screen shot taken from the BBC version of this game, and I was quite surprised when I first loaded up the C16 version to find that although the BBC screen was better, there was not that much difference except for the stadium in the far rear of the shot. Although not stunningly superb, the graphics are quite good even if the sound is lacking.
After loading, you tell the computer what type of match you want from a choice of three; Limited Overs, Test Match, or One Day. Then you have to choose your team. You can either have the Commodore select this, or you can enter their names yourself, adding a personalised touch!
Once all the selecting is over with, you place your fielders on the pitch in positions you think suitable, and play begins. Your team begins by bowling, and after selecting the type of ball required (Bouncer, Spin, Fast, or Medium), you press space bar to start the run up. After the ball has been struck, you select the fielder you want to field the ball with a cross. When you have selected him, moving him onto the ball causes him to throw it to the wicket keeper.
After you've bowled out the other team, you are put in to bat after each over. You choose the direction you want to bat in as the ball is about to hit the bat, and the computer fields automatically.
A good game, fun, even for myself who normally detests cricket.

Graphics: 3/5; Sound: 2/5; Playability: 4/5; CCI Rating: CRISP

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