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Psi-5 Trading Company

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Full titlePsi-5 Trading Company
Year of release1987
PublisherUS Gold Ltd (UK)
Author(s)Accolade Inc (Chris Pink, Mimi Doggett, Ed Bogas, Simon Butler), Pete
Machine typeZX Spectrum 48K
Number of players1
TypeStrategy: Management
Message languageEnglish
Original publicationCommercial
Original price£7.95
AvailabilityAvailable as both Perfect TZX and non-TZX
Protection schemeAlkatraz Protection System
Additional infoAppeared on tape 2, side A of the compilation Gold Collection III, The (US Gold Ltd)
RemarksMike Lorenzen (original C64 version): "My favorite Psi-5 story... Accolade assigned a administrative assistant to off load non game design work so we could focus. I gave him (Mike Craven) the task of trying to come up with cool sounding parts of the ship that would break while under attack. He did not supply the list promptly or completely.
To punish him I filled the named table entries of devices with "Craven, later").
Since there were many unnamed entries, the stub "Craven,later" was seen often during game testing as the most fragile device on the ship. Since we did not know part of the ship it was it really did not effect any part of the ship. To punish him further at game release, I took the comma out and made "Cravenlater" as the most fragile thing on the ship and it did absolutely nothing (sort of my opinion of any management position to help a single person game design.)
There has been much speculation among players about what the Cravenlater was and how important it was... Now you know the real truth."
Other systemsThis title was also advertised for and/or published on the Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64
Score 6.40 (10 votes)   See scores and vote!

Download and play links
Psi-5TradingCompany.tzx.zip279,512(Perfect TZX tape image)Original release5013442531037
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator Psi-5TradingCompany.tap.zip58,307((non-TZX) TAP tape image)

Additional material
Psi-5TradingCompany.gif5,388(Loading screen)
Psi-5TradingCompany.scr6,912(Loading screen dump)
Psi-5TradingCompany.gif7,256(In-game screen)
Psi-5TradingCompany.txt768(English instructions)
Psi-5TradingCompany.jpg57,415(Cassette inlay)

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Magazine references
Computer Gamer1.86page 4(News/Note) [full page]
Computer Gamer5.86page 50(Review - not a Spectrum article) [full page]
Computer & Video Games6.86page 12(News/Note) [full page]
Computer & Video Games7.86page 92(Tips) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly7.86page 219(Tips) [full page]
Sinclair User10.86page 109(Preview) [full page]
Computer Gamer5.87page 70(Review) [full page]
Crash5.87page 31(Review) [full page]
Computer & Video Games5.87page 22(Review) [full page]
Sinclair User5.87page 50(Review) [full page]
Your Sinclair5.87page 9(Preview) [full page]
Your Sinclair6.87page 56(Review) [full page]
ZX Computing6.87page 49(Review) [full page]
Your Sinclair9.87page 54(Tips) [full page]

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