Celebrate the visual games history of the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron with this book, now available as the final digital-only 726-page Memory Full edition.
The 726 page book includes an additional 126 pages on top of the Extended Edition's 600 pages.
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The book features a foreword by Richard Hanson (Superior Software) and Life of an Acorn Gamer by TV's Iain Lee, it features a full retrospect on Acorn Computers with Hermann Hauser, Chris Curry, Steve Furber, Sophie Wilson and Chris Turner; over 200 classic games, with over 100 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); Ross Goodley (Alligata's Blagger); Dave Woodhouse (English Software's Jet Boot Jack); Steve Botterill (Superior Software / 4th Dimension); John Dyson (Superior Software) 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, Level 9's adventures, Uridium, Jet Power Jack and many more.
Read about the history of the iconic publishers including Superior Software, Micro Power, Acornsoft, Tynesoft, Level 9, 4th Dimension, Alligata, MRM, Ultimate Play the Game, Bug Byte, Blue Ribbon 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.
Artwork from Ste Pickford (of the Pickford Brothers), Les Ives (original cover artist for Micro Power and Superior Software) and Mark Hardisty.
An unmissable publication for anyone who grew up with an Acorn 8-bit machine.
ISBN-13 : 978-1-903527-28-3
Digital-only, 726 pages, 170mm x 230mm.
Includes contributions from
Acorn – Chris Curry; Steve Furber; Hermann Hauser; Chris Turner; Sophie Wilson
Programmers - Marcus Altman (Heist); Dave Acton (Repton Infinity); Nigel Alderton (Chuckie Egg); Michael Archer (W.A.R); Matthew Atkinson (Tempest, Repton 3); Ian Bell (Elite); Andrew Bennett (Boulder Dash); Simon Birrell (Microbe); Kevin Blake (Spy vs Spy); David Braben (Elite); Mike Bryant (Gnome Ranger); Toby Butler (Who Dares Wins II); Neil Cannon (Plankwalk); Stuart Cheshire (Skirmish); Jason Chown (Cute to Kill); Dave Coathupe (Manic Miner); Ian Collinson (Perplexity); Geoff Crammond (Revs, The Sentinel); Neil Davidson (Ricochet); Tim Dobson (Monsters); Ian Downend (XOR); Rob Dulstone (Anarchy Zone); Martin Edmondson (Codename:Droid); Paul Fellows (Sphinx Adventure); Kevin Edwards (Galaforce); David Elliot (Swoop); Steve Evans (Eagle Empire/Guardian); Peter Gillett (Bubble Bobble); Ross Goodley (Blagger); Jonathan Griffiths (Snapper); Ian Grimstead (Vertigo); Trevor Harwood (Commando); Joey Headen (Cholo); Paul Hiscock (Android Attack); Ian Holmes (Pipeline); David Hoskins (Ghouls, Speech); Angus Hughes (Uridium); 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); Robin Leatherbarrow (Jet Boat);Dean Lester (Ziggy); David Lovekin (Space Pilot); David Lloyd (Winter Olympaid ’88); Walter Mansell (The Mine); Michael Mathison (Labyrinth); Veronika Megler (The Hobbit); Stephen Mitchell (Licence to Kill / Return of the Jedi); Tony Monckton (Chipbuster); Mat Newman (Fortress); Tony Oakden (Quest); Philip and Andrew Oliver (Cavey); Steve Parkinson (Hyperball); David Parsons (Hobgoblin); Gary Partis (Psycastria); Nick Pelling (Frak!); Simon Phipps (Jet Power Jack); Simon Pick (Dare Devil Denis); Keith Purkiss (Tales of the Arabian Knights); Kenton Price (Starquake); Tony Racine (Kissin’ Kousins); William Reeve (Pipeline); Nick Reeves (Tetrapod);Kevin Reid (Snooker); Graeme Richardson (Nevyron); Chris Roberts (Stryker’s Run); Sean Scarff (Moon Cresta);Peter Scott (Sim City); Paul and Tom Shave (Castle of Gems); Dan and Eton Shirron (Spellbinder); Jason Sobell (Bug Eyes); Adrian Stephens (Mr Ee!); Michael St Aubyn (Imogen); Martin Sykes (Karate Combat); Nick Tingle (Missile Control); Kevin Toms (Football Manager); Julian Todd (Cosmic Kidnap); Tim Tyler (Repton); Richard Warner (Pole Position); James Wilder (Vertigo); Stephen Wileman (Palace of Magic); Dave Woodhouse (Jet Boot Jack); Jamie Woodhouse (Qwak!)
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); John Dyson (Superior); Mike Goldberg (MRM); Richard and Steve Hanson (Superior Software); Dave Palmer (Alligata); Christopher Payne (Micro Power and Superior Software); Darryl Still (ASL); Dave Vout (Software Invasion); Giles Hunter (Blue Ribbon); Chris Cannon (Bug Byte); Nick Alexander (Virgin Games)
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If you've ever enjoyed playing BBC Micro games you'll want to get a copy of this!
The best read ever!
I haven’t finished reading this yet but it’s been absolutely amazing so far. The content is superb. It’s a testimony to how good this is that so many key players have kept coming forward to add their own input after the books initial release. I thoroughly recommend this to all that had an Acorn device.
Being an avid reader of nostalgic visits to yesteryear computing, I have to say this book has been the most detailed but enjoyable visit to the 8bit BBC micros. I didn’t own one in the day but it definitely inspired me to go and buy one, just to try out the old games. Absolutely loved it and I believe you will too.
What a beautiful book and a trip down memory lane
As a Beeb and Archie enthusiast since the age of 6, this book is a MUST HAVE. While some of the stories I've heard before, there were SO many new stories, insights and interviews with people that have seemingly never talked about their experiences. This is an absolute treasure trove, and beautifully presented. Thank you for an amazing product!
The quality of the paper, the colours, the content.. everything is 100% wonderful! love this! Cheers from Sweden! Dan