Anyone got a copy of the game?
It was published by "Magic" of Bury St Edmunds, which I think was basically a one-man operation, the man in question being Graham Nelson (now best known for creating Inform, the programming language for interactive fiction).
I've never seen the game. Didn't even know it existed till Lee told me an ad for it had turned up in one of his trawls of Archive.org! Looks interesting...
Here's a review from Electron User magazine:
In Electron User (Vol. 1, No. 3, December 1983), Trevor Roberts wrote:Have you ever wondered what became of the grammar schools when the comprehensive came along? Well, I know what happened to one of them, Grunley Grammar. It was shut up, forgotten and left to decay; the only inhabitants the ghosts of its own teachers. These ghosts are doomed to spend all eternity teaching spectral classes the subjects refused to learn in their lifetimes. They would far prefer to teach, test and taunt a living child. And with Magic Software's cassette, GHOSTS OF GRUNLEY GRAMMAR, they get the chance.
You take the part of a child who has foolishly entered the ghastly grammar school and fallen into the hands of the ghosts. You go from room to room and in each room, the master asks you three questions on his subject.
Should you fail any of them, he gloatingly tells you the answer and back to the beginning you go. But only after the ghosts have taunted you about your stupidity!
It's amusing and becomes compulsive. All the usual school subjects are covered and there's a fair selection of questions. It's the kind of game that kids love - not just playing it themselves but also watching others make mistakes and get insulted. And they're learning all the time.
The program is fun and original. No doubt educationalists will say that it just teaches facts, not understanding, but that's just a quibble. The program is amusing and addictive. In fact it's magic.
Here's the text of the above advert:
The Ghosts of Grunley Grammar
A brand new fantasy Quiz game written for the BBC micro. Your task is to make your way through the different classrooms of an old school, now haunted by its old masters. These question-happy ghostly masters can be beaten by a combination of luck, skill and a good memory. And you're against the clock all the way. "Ghosts of Grunley Grammar" is magic to play (and it improves your general knowledge as well).
For BBC model B, or model A with 32K. Works on all operating modes 0.1 to 1.2.
Electron version now available too!
Tapes: £6.45 (£5.95 plus 50p. p. & p.)
Discs (40 track): £7.95 (£7.45 plus 50p. p & p.)
(all prices include V.A.T.)
Send cheque or postal order with your order to
MAGIC SOFTWARE LTD.,
BURY ST. EDMUNDS,
State clearly for which micro when ordering
Trade and Educational Enquiries welcome