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Back to Skool

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Back to Skool
Cassette cover from ZX Spectrum version
Publisher(s)Microsphere
Designer(s)David Reidy
Platform(s)ZX Spectrum
Release
Genre(s)Action-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Back to Skool is an open world[2] video game, sequel to the Skool Daze, created by David Reidy with graphics by Keith Warrington for the ZX Spectrum and released by Microsphere in 1985. The gameplay is very similar to - if more advanced than - Skool Daze, incorporating most of the same characters, gameplay elements and graphics.

The game is ranked 19th in the "Your Sinclair official top 100"[3] Spectrum games of all time.

Gameplay

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The game differs from its predecessor by an increase in the size of the play area (including a neighbouring girls' school) and a number of gameplay changes.

The girls' school incorporates its own new characters including undistinguished girls with hockey sticks, Hayley (girlfriend of the main character Eric) and Miss Take (the headmistress). Only at break time and lunch times are the girls allowed to mingle with the boys, in the central grassy playground, separated at other times by a high gate. The opening and closing of the gate is controlled by the school caretaker Albert, a new character to the game. It is also possible for Eric to sneak over the gate into the girls' school during lesson times, either using the bicycle (after completing the challenge of finding its lock's combination and then performing a tricky manoeuvre on it), by watering the flower beside the gate and then jumping on it, or by kissing Hayley through the gate. When the girls and boys are allowed to mingle and when Eric gains access to the girls' school, he can kiss Hayley, who will then agree to do 1000 of his lines for him. This reduction method can be used up to six times before Hayley refuses to help Eric any more.

Elements added in Back to Skool include stink bombs (used to trigger the opening of windows), water pistols, mice that can be released in the girls' school causing widespread panic, and sherry (which can be squirted into cups and used to "intoxicate" teachers by splashing it on them with correct timing).

References

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  1. ^ "Back to Skool release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Page 2 | Retrospective: Skool Daze and Back to Skool". Eurogamer. 31 October 2010.
  3. ^ "The YS Top 100 Speccy Games Of All Time (Ever!)". Your Sinclair (70): 31. October 1991. Archived from the original on 16 August 2006. Retrieved 4 September 2006.
  4. ^ "Back To Skool". Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  5. ^ "World of Spectrum - Magazines". Worldofspectrum.org. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  6. ^ "World of Spectrum - Magazines". Worldofspectrum.org. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
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  8. ^ "World of Spectrum - Magazines". Worldofspectrum.org. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
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