The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾
Sue Townsend created a phenomenon in the mid-1980s, essentially incorporating
lots of sharp satire and observational humour into the diary of a confused
teenager. It might sound like an odd idea for a computer game, but Level 9
felt that there was an adventure in there.
Most of the major characters from the book appear, including Adrian’s warring
parents and their respective flings, his sweetheart Pandora, his best mate
Nigel, school bully Barry Kent, and curmudgeonly pensioner Bert Baxter. The
game didn’t use many typed commands. You would read passages of text (many of
them from the book) and be given 3 choices as to what to do, which would lead
to other events unfolding. You could also use a help option which would
display information about characters featured in the diary. Your aim
throughout all of this was to make Adrian as popular as possible. The player’s
score and ranking is displayed at particular times during the game. The
percentage achieved relates to the rank, with 26% being ‘a spotty creep’ and
38% ‘a middling thicko’ for example.