3-2-1 was a popular quiz show in the UK during the 1980’s, hosted by Ted Rogers with a strange side kick character called Dusty Bin.
Many games coming out the time were tied into various films and TV shows, and even 3-2-1 got into the act with their own game. The game was only available via mail-order from a company called Micro Computer Incorporated, and gave you the chance to win lots of prizes just the like real thing. The star prize being a week’s holiday in Spain.
To win prizes, you would have to play the game then download your score and send it to the company. According to the few magazine snippets at the time, the concept was secure – but of course no doubt people would have exploited it.
So what happened to it? Well initially it hit some troubles getting passed through, but it eventually surfaced on the ZX Spectrum – with an auction for the game recently found. However, it doesn’t seem to have been preserved just yet. The C64 version though is completely at large and no information could be found on the title from initial searches. Although the magazine snippets talk of a C64 version, the box screenshots only show “For all Spectrum users”.
Did it ever get to production on the C64, or did the early flop on the Spectrum prevent it ever going to market. Do you know any more about it?
Well, it seems it was released – and there is a C64 game in the Retrocollector archives, yet to be preserved. Hopefully soon it will be made available!
Contributions: Paul Fogarty, Sean O'Neill