The Biz (video game)

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The Biz
TheBizTitleScreen.gif
Title screen
Developer(s) Virgin Games
Publisher(s) Virgin Games
Designer(s) Chris Sievey[1]
Platform(s) ZX Spectrum
Release date(s)
  • EU: 1984
Genre(s) Strategy/Simulation
Mode(s) Single-player[1]

The Biz is a ZX Spectrum management simulation/strategy computer game from 1984 where the player got to manage his own rock band. The price of the game on release was £6.95, which is equivalent to £20.15 today. [2]

Gameplay[edit]

In this screeenshot, the player's father has won £40,000 while gambling on football. Unfortunately, the player only gets £10 as a way to keep the game balanced.

Players set up their rock band with gigs, make them rehearse new songs, and hire a recording studio for producing new albums. The player starts out with no talent or money and an agent must be hired in order to better co-ordinate the band. The stage presence of the band and the fanbase are improved with every gig performed. School dances and YMCAs are the first places that accept the player's newly formed band. Real television stations are included: a band from either Swansea or Cardiff would perform on S4C while a local band from Coventry would get promoted on Central Television. Players can sometimes record a session with John Peel; whose broadcasting influence opened up new bands to people between the ages of 20 and 60 years of age.

Mundane details such as insurance, standard musical instruments and transportation expenses are all tabulated against the player's savings in the game. The game also contains an anti-drug message for bands who consider experimenting with them.

Criticism[edit]

The game only contains telephone beeps and no music.[2] Despite the sense of humour, the game is very difficult to play.[2] Younger players may not appreciate the relatively slow pace and the meager level of rewards that awaits them near the beginning.[2] There are no graphics to speak of and the game is text-based.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Designer/# of players information". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Criticism of game". ZX Spectrum Reviews. Retrieved 2011-03-21.