Celebrate the visual games history of the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron with this case bound book, contained within a beautiful slip case.
"From the moment you gaze at Ste Pickford’s excellent cover and read Iain Lee’s intro you know a lot of love has been poured into this book. Its real strength comes once you get to the extensive game section ... the entire book is rammed with developers who supported the machine in its halcyon days, from Tim Dobson (Monsters) to Mat Newman (Fortress) and Ian Bell (Free Fall). Every notable game is covered, including a great piece on Elite from both Ian Bell and David Braben." Retrogamer Magazine, November 2020
“This book is called ‘Acorn – A World in Pixels’, and that is an ideal description: the Acorn software world is a creation of discovery using pixels. What a fascinating journey it has been with so much inspired creativity and enthusiasm! My abiding memories of the 1980s Acorn world are of wonderful, innovative years. I hope readers find that this book gives them a real sense of the excitement and magic of those times!” Richard Hanson – Superior Software
Spread over 476 pages, with a foreword by Richard Hanson (Superior Software) and Life of an Acorn Gamer by TV's Iain Lee, it features over 150 classic games, with exclusive interviews with key figures in the industry at the time - from the likes of David Braben and Ian Bell (Elite); Geoff Crammond (Revs/Aviator); Peter Irvin (Exile); Tim Tyler (Repton); Nick Pelling (Frak!); Peter Scott (Sim City/The Last Ninja); Gary Partis (Psycastria/Dr Who); Chris Roberts (Stryker's Run); Steve Furber (Acorn); Steve Botterill (Superior Software / 4th Dimension); Alan Butcher (Micro Power) and many, many more – and features on subjects such as key publishers, cover art and classic magazines.
The book showcases the computers’ inimitable graphic style and is packed full with memories and anecdotes from programmers, artists, publishers, reviewers and enthusiasts. Remember Elite, Chuckie Egg, Repton, Exile, Starship Command, Thrust, Citadel, Revs, Imogen, Codename:Droid, Firetrack, Arcadians, Mr Ee!, Zalaga, Castle Quest, Galaforce, Snapper and many more.
Read about the history of the iconic publishers including Superior Software, Micro Power, Acornsoft, Tynesoft, 4th Dimension, Alligata, Ultimate Play the Game and more. Learn about the magazine publishers of the time, how the games industry evolved and the many 'lost and found' games of the era. And much, much more.
New artwork from Ste Pickford (of the Pickford Brothers) and Les Ives (original cover artist for Micro Power and Superior Software).
An unmissable publication for anyone who grew up with an Acorn 8-bit machine.
ISBN-13 : 978-1903527245
Hardback, 476 pages, 170mm x 230mm, 2.5mm board slipcase, sewn binding, dust jacket.
Includes contributions from
Programmers - Marcus Altman (Heist); Dave Acton (Repton Infinity); Matthew Atkinson (Repton 3); Ian Bell (Elite); Andrew Bennett (Boulder Dash); Simon Birrell (Microbe); Kevin Blake (Spy vs Spy); David Braben (Elite); Stuart Cheshire (Skirmish); Jason Chown (Cute to Kill); Dave Coathupe (Manic Miner); Geoff Crammond (Revs, The Sentinel); Tim Dobson (Monsters); Ian Downend (XOR); Martin Edmondson (Codename:Droid); Kevin Edwards (Galaforce); David Elliot (Swoop); Peter Gillett (Bubble Bobble); Jonathan Griffiths (Snapper); Paul Hiscock (Android Attack); Ian Holmes (Pipeline); Sam Inglis (Shark); Peter Irvin (Exile); Michael Jakobsen (Citadel); Peter Johnson (Yie Ar Kung-Fu); Richard Kay (HyperSports); Gordon Key (Holed Out); Tom Lanigan (Lode Runner); Dave Lawrence (Repton Infinity); Dean Lester (Ziggy); Walter Mansell (The Mine); Michael Mathison (Labyrinth); Mat Newman (Fortress); Tony Oakden (Quest); Philip and Andrew Oliver (Cavey); Steve Parkinson (Hyperball); Gary Partis (Psycastria); Nick Pelling (Frak!); Simon Pick (Dare Devil Denis); Keith Purkiss (Tales of the Arabian Knights); Kenton Price (Starquake); William Reeve (Pipeline); Chris Roberts (Stryker’s Run); Peter Scott (Sim City); Paul and Tom Shave (Castle of Gems); Dan and Eton Shirron (Spellbinder); Jason Sobell (Bug Eyes); Adrian Stephens (Mr Ee!); Nick Tingle (Missile Control); Kevin Toms (Football Manager); Tim Tyler (Repton)
Sound and Pixel Art – Martin Galway (Ocean); Michael Hutchison (Superior Software); Jolyon Myers (ASL); Ian Waugh (Tynesoft); Melvyn Wright (Firebird)
Publishers – Steve Botterill (4th Dimension); Alan Butcher (Micro Power); Ian Clemmett (Micro Power); Steve Furber (Acorn); Richard and Steve Hanson (Superior Software); Dave Palmer (Alligata); Christopher Payne (Micro Power and Superior Software); Darryl Still (ASL); Dave Vout (Software Invasion)
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Like many, I grew up with BBC Micros at school (in Australia) in the 80's and was immediately hooked and eventually got one for home and over the years purchased, or otherwise obtained, many games that are revisited in the pages of this wonderful book along with all those that I never got to play. I'm astounded by how much information the authors managed to gather after all these years and their love for the subject matter is obvious. Coupled with the gorgeous presentation, this is something to treasure, and after flicking through it to show my 10-year old daughter she has encouraged me to drag my BBC Model B from the garage where it still lives in a hopefully working condition and fire up these old classics. I can't fault the book, but my only comment is it would have been cool to see some 'action' photos of the game authors, for example at work in the Acornsoft or Superior offices - this would have really set the time and place.
This book is a joy to read and flip through. Many games and interviews. I missed Cylon Attack that I remember playing as a six-year old, but I understand not every game could be included. Loved the little notes that go with every game. Highly recommended if you like Acorn or retro gaming in general.
Hello everyone, this is another new series of posts I'm starting and it's called Official Forever Arcade Seal of Quality. These posts will involve me reviewing new and old products I think you will love. At the end of the review i will use a score out of 5 by using joysticks. We kick off this new series with a new book from idesine - Acorn a world in pixels. This book is a celebration of the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron games industry. I will start with the super quick delivery of this product and how well packaged it was. That's important to me because these books are definitely collectors items. Once I got the cellophane off I could tell straight away that this is going to be high quality book. With a board slipcase, dust jacket and sewn binding this book is made to last. The first thing you see is the stunning new artwork on the front of the slip case, jacket and book by Ste Pickford. I head straight to the contents of this generous sized hardback book and I can't believe how much content they have crammed in to it's 476 pages. With exclusive interviews from legends of the industry like Peter Irvin (Exile), David Braben and Ian Bell (Elite), Peter Scott (Sim City/The Last Ninja) and Tim Tyler (Repton). One of my favourite articles was all about the magazine publishers of the time. It was interesting to hear their history and interviews from the people involved. With lots of different content like lost games, new game releases, loading screens, forward by Richard Hanson from Superior Software and a great little artical by TV's Iain Lee called Life of an Acorn Gamer, this book is an encyclopedia to the Acorn and one you will keep coming back to time after time. The list of iconic publishers and game developers is impressive. It's great hearing from the game developers about their experiences. I still can't belive how they manged to fit these games into 32k of memory. That's so impressive but not as staggering as the game list in this book with over 150 classic games featured with memories from artists, programmers, publishers, reviewers and of course the fans. Books layout is very pleasing to the eyes with the use of high quality paper the print quality is perfect. It gives all the screenshots a nice extra pop and shows how capable the Acron computer was. The old a new pieces of artwork really do look stunning. This book is a pleasure to read, you can really tell they have put a lot of love in to this book. I have never owned an Acorn Electron but like me I'm sure a lot of you used a BBC Micro at school in the 80s. Reading this book has been a pleasure. I have learnt a lot of new things and found games that were exclusive to the Acorn that I want to check out. This book is a must for any fans of the Acorn but if like me you knew very little, this book is a pleasure to read and learn all about the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron. This book brings back memories and is a love letter to all home computers. Thanks Forever Arcade Facebook Group.
This book should have been called the Acorn Encyclopaedia! It literally has everything you would ever need to know about Acorn computers and software available for it. The layout is beautiful and is very easy to read with enough information to keep a life long Acorn user like me interested. I would definitely recommend this book. Such a breath of fresh air from the normal retro books that are being churned out.
Hi there! Firsty I was amazed by the package. Never been so satisfied before so 5 stars just for that. The book.. absolutely the most gorgeous and beautiful I ever bought in my life. Extremely good paper quality and just gobsmacking good all over! THANKS!