Confuzion is a puzzle game developed and published by Incentive Software for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, BBC Micro, and Acorn Electron. The object is to guide a spark along a fuse wire. It is similar to the later and more widely known Pipe Mania. The cassette tape on which the game was supplied also contained an audio track also titled "Confusion", which was composed by the Band Private Property (Matt Smith Lyrics, Joanne Holt/Steve Salt Music) and performed by Joanne Holt, Matt Smith, Steve Salt, Chris Weller and Gary Seaward. Rob Hubbard translated the original track into the game's soundtrack.
Confuzion was written by Paul Shirley who also wrote Spindizzy.
The band persuaded Incentive Software to change their audio cassette duplication process from monophonic to stereophonic, so that the music could be better appreciated (mono was fine for the computer program data which was distributed on cassette tapes in the 80s).
Matt Smith, PhD has now switched from playing music on computer games to teaching and writing books about computer games. He is the senior lecturer in computing at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland.
The graphic design for the cover of the cassette was created by Matthew Tidbury. Matthew is the creator of a board game City of Zombies to help children have fun and learn about maths.
- Confuzion at MobyGames
- Confuzion at World of Spectrum
- Commodore 64 Website, includes a link to an MP3 file of the Confuzion theme song
- Matt Smith's book for Unity 3D game programming
- World Of Spectrum Confuzion page (including MP3 download of music)
- Moby Games Confuzion page
- Text information about the game
- ThinkNoodle (Matthew Tidbury's company)
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