It is quite amusing to compare Peter Donnelly's Jotto with Mark Pilgrim's
for the Macintosh. Basically, they are of course the same game. You
have a limited number of guesses to find out a five letter word, the computer
tells you how many letters are correct, but, unlike Mastermind, not if they
are in the correct position. In Jotto, the words may contain each letter
only once; in Jotto ][, there is no such restriction.
Jotto ][ looks a whole lot better, but Jotto has far more advanced
features. With the letter buttons, you can keep track of which letters are
confirmed and which can be excluded. Click a button once, the letter is struck
out and vanishes from the "Possible" alphabet. Click it another time, it
becomes bold and is listed under "Confirmed". Click it a third time, and it
goes back to possible. As for the big text field, it seems to be just a place
for personal notes.
I couldn't say which game is "better" or more fun to play. But I think
both games nicely show the priorities of their respective platforms.
- Author: Peter Donnelly
- Year: 1996
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