Skool Daze is a computer game created by David Reidy (whose wife Helen was a school teacher at the time) in collaboration with graphics designer Keith Warrington for the ZX Spectrum and released by their company Microsphere in 1984. A Commodore 64 port was subsequently made. The game was critically acclaimed by several contemporary magazines for breaking many of the gaming moulds by pursuing a creative route of a childhood experience at school.
Skool Daze Remakes
>The game that put RetroSpec well and truly on the map, and gained Richie a plethora of naked screaming fans, Klass of 99 is a modernised version of Dave Reidy’s classic Skooldaze.
Slick gameplay and lovely graphics come together in glorious union to create what has been hailed in some circles as a game worthy of full-price release. But to you mate, it’s free.. Rich is god.
You are Eric, a troublesome schoolboy, and your task is to steal your report card out of the school safe in the staff room so that you don’t get into trouble! To do this, you must collect the combination letters for the safe and write them on a blackboard – not such an easy task seeing as one letter of the four letter combination is held by each of the teachers in the school. In order to get them to tell you their letter, you must make all of the shield scattered around the school flash by hitting them or firing your catapult at them. Once all the shields are flashing, knocking the teachers over with your catapult will cause them to tell you their letter of the combination. All except old Mr Creak, that is, who is so old he cannot be trusted to remember his letter. It has been hypnotically implanted in his mind and he will only remember it when he sees the number of the year that he was born!
To make things even harder, the school is teaming with kids and teachers and you are expected to attend lessons! Einstein is a swot and will tell on you if you do anything naughty, Angelface is a bully and will try and get you into trouble, and Boy Wander is a harmless rogue who loves to write on blackboards! Do anything wrong or be in the wrong place at the wrong time and you will be given lines! Collect over 10000 lines and you will be expelled from school!
Some shields are easy to reach, but others will require you to invent more ingenious methods of making them flash. Once you have your report, the chase isn’t over as the flashing shields attract the attention of the teacher’s to your crime! This means that you must then turn them all off again in order to complete the year! And then there’s next year….!
Remember Skool Daze on the Spectrum? This was the last time being called Eric was cool as you caused chaos in your school – doing lines and generally being the ‘naughty boy’. Well Alternative Software are bringing the game out on tablet and mobile platforms – they are bringing it up to date with a new visual style and more current day challenges. Check out the screens and let us know if this new re-make (remember there have been many homebrew versions done in the past – Klass of 99 anyone?) gets your nostalgic juices going? Check out Alternative’s site HERE.