**BERT BOOT**

*Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only*

Game Type : Educational; Ages 8 to 12

Author :

Standalone Release(s) : 1985: BERT BOOT, Highlight, £6.95

Compilation Release(s) : None

Stated compatibility : Electron Side A, BBC Side B

Actual compatibility : As stated

Supplier : HIGHLIGHT, 36 Sherbourne Close, Barry, SOUTH GLAMORGAN

CF6 5AQ. Tel: 0446 745482

Disc compatibility : Unknown

**Instructions**

*"Multiplication and division problems. Said
EDUCATIONAL COMPUTING 'It is certainly the most amazing visual representation I
have seen yet in a piece of educational software.'"*

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Even working out multiplication and division problems can be fun when you have BERT BOOT, the intrepid insect squasher, to help you!

This entertaining program takes children through the process of solving multiplication and division problems in 8 carefully graded stages, allowing you to choose the number and type of problem.

If your answers are at least 80% correct, then you can play BEAT THE BOOTS; an exciting arcade game in which your insects have to tackle droves of vicious footware to reach the safety of the jam pots.

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**Instructions' Source** : BERT BOOT (Highlight) Back Inlay

**Review (Electron User)**

With BERT BOOT, Highlight Software have attempted to brighten up straightforward multiplication and division practice. The start of the program is a boot called Bert. Bert's passion in life is squashing insects. You can choose to practice multiplication, you are told how many insects Bert can crush in one second.

You then watch him do it - and afterwards you are asked how many he can squash
in a certain number of seconds. If you have opted for Easy, you are given help
with how to tackle the problem. With Medium, you get less help, and on Hard
you're on your own.

The same options are available for division, except that now you are told how
many seconds it takes Bert to squash a number of insects. Your job is to find
out how many he can squash in one second.

To make the "work" more palatable, there is a reward in the form of a
game if you get at least 80 per cent of your answers right.

Now to the drawbacks. When it's said that Bert squashes eight flies in one
second, he actually takes more than two seconds. This is not only wrong, it can
also be very tedious. Watching the demise of 90 insects takes over 40 seconds.

Another problem concerns the division part of the program. The computer
"beeps" every time Bert has done one second's worth of crushing. To
successfully answer the division questions, you need only remember the number
at which you heard the first "beep". The reward game is based on the
charming notion that the insects should have a chance of outwitting streams of
boots and helping themselves to some jam. It is in fact a version of FROGGER.

It's a nice idea, but made very frustrating by the fact that the keyboard
buffer isn't cleared. This means that when you get your first insect to the
jam, the second one starts, out of control, and probably commits suicide.

Also, the keyboard delay time and auto-repeat need setting, so that your insect
doesn't start, stop and then start again. The keys you have to use are the
cursor keys. You are expected to discover this for yourself.

These are bad keys on the Electron, being right by <BREAK>, and are
better avoided in children's programs.

These faults could easily be put right and I hope that Highlight will amend
them in future and perhaps provide an upgrade for exiting customers. If that
were done, I could recommend this educational program for home and school use.
As it stands, the idea is good and the graphics appealing but it is too
frustrating for children to use.

Rog Frost, ELECTRON USER 2.12