Digital Workshop – Trumpton Camberwick Green Fun Pack review

Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub
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“Time goes by when you’re the driver of a train, steaming into Trumpton with a cargo of co…” Ah, hang on a minute, wrong lyrics. Yes, it’s Trumpton, Gordon Murray’s genius in stop-motion form, with characters, games, trivia and video clips from Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley. A trip down Nostalgia Avenue beckons.

For those who aren’t old enough to know, the Trumpton programmes were first broadcast in the late ’60s and told the trivial tales of life in a slightly surreal land, where the firemen (Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub) never actually put out a real fire – instead rescuing cats and hats from trees – and where Windy miller did little more than walk in and out of his windmill, narrowly avoiding being decapitated by its sails each time. There’s probably more to it than that, but I was quite young at the time and the memory’s faded a bit.

In this pack you’ll find a selection of screensavers and Windows background images to add a little weirdness to your desktop, plus a quiz, some trivia facts, a small selection of video and audio clips and a few games. The games are nothing too taxing – sliding puzzles, jigsaws and character flipboards, for example – but the video clips will certainly drag you back to your youth if you’re of the right (i.e. wrong) age.

The interface is slickly designed and features the same scrolling blackboard thing that was used in the credits of the TV programmes. There’s even footage of the music box that introduced the main character at the start of each episode. But design is placed above content. There’s little background detail on the characters, the trivia facts are few and it would have been nice to see much more video footage – there’s certainly room for it on the CD.

Company: Digital Workshop

There's not a great deal here to hold the attention of old gits and bored students, since the package doesn't tell you much that you won't already know. Only 12 questions in the quiz? That's no way to enhance a cult following. With a bit more tongue-in-cheek effort, this could have been an underground success. As it is, it'll mostly appeal to children. What a strange idea...