Acornsoft

 Games Pack 4

Games Pack 4

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Comprises: Four Row (Acornsoft), Space Attack (Acornsoft) and Star Trek (Acornsoft)

 Games Pack 9

Games Pack 9

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Comprises: Babies (Acornsoft), Minotaur (Acornsoft) and Snapper (Acornsoft)

 Introductory Package 4: Games

Introductory Package 4: Games

Acorn Atom - Released - 1982

 Word Tutor

Word Tutor

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Comprises: Pairs (Acornsoft), Relations (Acornsoft) and Sentences (Acornsoft)

3D Asteroid

Acorn Atom - Released - 1982

In this game you have to fly your space craft at high speed through an asteroid storm.

Acheton

Acheton

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Acheton was written by Jon Thackray, David Seal and Jonathan Partington. The BBC Micro version was originally published by Acornsoft in 1984 and re-released in 1987 by Topologika. Acheton is a home computer conversion of the mainframe adventure of the same name. Similar to Zork (which was released on the VAX mainframe not long before Acheton's original appearance), it is a fantasy treasure hunt set in a claustrophobic dungeon. It boasts over 400 rooms and 200 objects, thereby making it much bigger than Zork. As with many games of this kind the most time is spent by exploring the...

Adventures

Adventures

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Adventures comprises the Adventure program plus three adventure games: DUNGEON Search for treasure in a maze of interconnected caverns, tunnels and caves, inhabited by friendly and unfriendly monsters. Find treasure and take it to the Throne Room. HOUSE You start on the doorstep of a haunted house, in whose rooms lurk the ghosts of some familiar people. Find treasure and take it to the Grand Banqueting Hall. INTERGALACTIC You play the part of an intergalactic traveller. Battle against the inhabitants of alien planets and return home to Earth with treasure.

Amoeba

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Arcade Action

Arcade Action

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1982

Arcade Action is a collection of four games. Space Invaders is a one or two player game and the other three are single player. Breakout: A musical version of an all-time favourite where you knock bricks out of a multi-coloured wall. There are seven variations on the standard game, including progressive walls and captive balls. Dodgems: Your racing car has to outwit the computerised car, which is programmed to crash into you. You have the advantage of acceleration, but must keep switching lanes to avoid a head-on collision. Snake: Guide the hungry snake towards its prey, and watch it...

Asteroids

Acorn Atom - Released - 1980

The objective of Asteroids is to destroy asteroids and saucers. The player controls a triangular ship that can rotate left and right, fire shots straight forward, and thrust forward. Once the ship begins moving in a direction, it will continue in that direction for a time without player intervention unless the player applies thrust in a different direction. The ship eventually comes to a stop when not thrusting. The player can also send the ship into hyperspace, causing it to disappear and reappear in a random location on the screen, at the risk of self-destructing or appearing on top of an...

Baum Der Weisheit

Baum Der Weisheit

Acorn Electron - Released - 1983

An educational database. Mit dem Programmpaket Baum Der Weisheit lernen Kinder spielerisch, wie der Computer als Datenbank eingesetzt werden kann und wie man mit Hilfe einer Baumstruktur Gegenstände klassifiziert. Baum der Weisheit ist ein interaktives Frage- und Antwortspiel, in welchem das Kind dem Computer neue Begriffe beibringt. Dazu muβ es sich jeweils eine Frage ausdenken, die das neue Objekt von den bereits bekannten eindeutig unterscheidet. Auf diese Weise lernt es, sich selbst einen Themenbereich (etwa "Pflanzen" oder "Musikinstrumente") zu erarbeiten und die einzelnen Objekte...

Biology

Biology

Acorn Electron

This Biology program is a comprehensive O level and C.S.E. revision course. The first part of the program is the inter-related tutorial/test section. Fully-illustrated tutorials explain the major topics of the syllabus clearly. Each tutorial is followed by a test of 10 questions on the material which has just been covered. If you have difficulties with a particular question, the computer returns to you to the relevant tutorial screen to show you where you went wrong. When you are scoring at least 75% on the test questions in all 11 tutorials, you are ready to go on to the second part of...

Bouncer

Bouncer

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Bouncer is a QBert clone developed and published by Acornsoft for the BBC Microcomputer.

Boxer

Boxer

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Boxer is a platform game written by Wal Mansell. It was released for the BBC Microcomputer by Acornsoft. You and your computer controlled rival are competing for the attentions of a young lady. At the bottom of the screen, she is releasing balloons which you must try to catch when they get stuck in the rafters of the Gym. Any balloons which escape to the top of the screen will be awarded to your opponent. If you collect five balloons before your opponent does, your score will be increased by the bonus in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and you will move to a more challenging Gym....

Boxer

Boxer

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

Boxer is a platform game written by Wal Mansell. You and your computer controlled rival are competing for the attentions of a young lady. At the bottom of the screen, she is releasing balloons which you must try to catch when they get stuck in the rafters of the Gym. Any balloons which escape to the top of the screen will be awarded to your opponent. If you collect five balloons before your opponent does, your score will be increased by the bonus in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and you will move to a more challenging Gym. If your opponent is the first one to collect five balloons,...

Business Games

Business Games

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

Business Games contains two educational games. Although intended for use in business and economic studies, teaching the games are entertaining and thought-provoking in their own right. This guide describes the two programs that make up Business Games. STOKMARK, which simulates the conditions of the stock market, with realistic behaviour of share prices based on an analysis of real companies. In TELEMARK, four teams or players each control the finances of a firm that makes and sells televisions. In both these games each player in turn will be prompted either to select an option (for...

Carousel

Carousel

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

Carousel is a clone of the arcade game Carnival which is a fixed screen shoot 'em up with a amusement park theme. The game was written by David Shepherd and published by Acornsoft in December 1983. The player controls a gun and has to shoot the targets above him. The player has a limited amount of bullets and when out of them the game ends. The targets are made up of three different animals: ducks, rabbits and owls as well as letters of the word BONUS. Hitting the letters in the correct order gives a bonus score for each. Ducks are special as they might swoop down towards the player and...

Castle of Riddles

Castle of Riddles

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

Castle of Riddles is a text adventure released by Acornsoft for the BBC Micro (in 1982) and Acorn Electron (1984) home computers. The game was written by Peter Killworth and was one of a series of text adventures written for, or ported to the BBC Micro by the same author (others including Countdown to Doom and Philosopher's Quest). As with all such games, only text is used. The player must use a simple 'verb-noun' format (e.g. 'Go North', 'Get lamp') to control the game. Unlike Killworth's other Acornsoft adventures, Castle of Riddles was not updated and reissued by Topologika so became...

Castle Of Riddles

Castle Of Riddles

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

"The adventuring trade just isn't what it used to be," you reflect gloomily. "Nobody seems to need a trusty sword or a keen intellect any more." You're down to your last silver piece, and there's tomorrow's dinner yet to be found. Sitting at the inn you contemplate earning an honest living for a change. Perhaps a steady income wouldn't be too boring, after all... Suddenly, a cold draught and the slam of the door distract you from your train of thought, and seconds later, a tall-silver-haired figure in a black cloak slips on to the bench next to you... So begins your magical adventure,...

Chess

Chess

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

Chess allows you to play a game of chess against either the computer or another player. All the rules of chess are included and the winner is the player that makes the other players King unable to move without being taken. Against the computer you are able to play as white or black and the computer has 10 skill levels (0-9) with zero being the easiest. You are also able to watch the computer play itself. There is also an Editor mode that allows you to set the board up with the pieces in any position you chose and you can attempt to get a mate in two or five moves as well. The program has...

Countdown to Doom

Countdown to Doom

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1982

Countdown to Doom is a text adventure computer game written in 1982 by Professor Peter Killworth. There are two sequels, Return to Doom and Last Days of Doom. The game was first published by Acornsoft for the BBC Micro in 1982. It was ported to the Acorn Electron in 1984 but only released as a ROM cartridge for the Plus 1 expansion. This was the only game released exclusively as a ROM cart for the Electron. The game was later re-released in 1987 by Topologika (who also published the game's sequels). This version was expanded by about 50% and as well as being released for the BBC and...

Countdown To Doom

Countdown To Doom

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

While orbiting the treasure-laden, but inhospitable, planet Doomawangara (Doom for short) your ship suffers a devastating attack from the local air defence system. Grounded on Doom, your ship is both damaged, and threatened with total disintegration due to the corrosive effects of the Doom atmosphere. Repairs to the ship must be made before you can escape, and there's also a tempting array of treasure to be collected; but the clock is ticking away all the while, and it's only a matter of time before the ship will disappear in a cloud of dust, whereupon you must resign yourself to a life in the...

Crazy Tracer

Crazy Tracer

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

You are in charge of a paint roller which you must guide around the edges of a maze of rectangles. Trying to prevent you from repairing these lines are several monsters which attempt to catch and crush the roller as it moves along. There are two different kinds of screen to paint: one which offers you the chance of gaining bonus points by painting in rectangles containing different objects, the other which poses the problem of how to avoid running out of paint. Crazy Tracer is fully compatible with either keyboard or joysticks.

Crime And Detection Quiz

Crime And Detection Quiz

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

How does your knowledge of Crime fiction rate against a Grandmaster of the genre? This rewarding and compelling program for your BBC Model B or Acorn Electron computer has been specially adapted from the Weidenfield Quiz book and will provide many hours of edification and amusement for family and friends. Here are Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey and Philip Marlowe, together with James Bond and George Smiley. This fascinating quiz includes questions on crime techniques, television cops, the history of detection and writers such as Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie. Crime and...

The Dating Game

The Dating Game

Acorn Electron

Draughts And Reversi

Draughts And Reversi

Acorn Electron - Released - October 1, 1983

Draughts : The traditional game has been faithfully reproduced on screen for you to try your hand at playing the computer. Pieces are promoted to Kings on reaching the opponent's end of the board, and the computer will make sure you follow the rules, insisting that you make all possible jumps or suffer the consequences - the computer has the option of 'huffing' the offending piece. Reversi : In this board game you play the computer, the aim of the game being to capture as many of your opponent's pieces as possible. (Reversi is also known as Othello.) This game is fully compatible with...

English

English

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

Finest Favourites

Finest Favourites

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

Firebug

Firebug

Acorn Electron - Released

As fireman on duty, you have been called out to a warehouse where a firebug is reported to be attempting to burn it down. Your main concern is to rescue the drums of highly inflammable petrol and take them to the safety of a water tank. You can jump over the fires or put them out with a fire extinguisher, but be careful to avoid the clouds of dense white smoke. Complete with sound effects, full colour graphics and a table of high scores, Firebug is fully compatible with either keyboard or joysticks.

Firebug

Firebug

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Firebug is a platform game written by Wal Mansell. It was published by Acornsoft for the BBC Microcomputer in 1984. It was also released for the Acorn Electron.

Free Fall

Free Fall

Acorn Electron - Released - 1985

When the Alphoid battleship attacked Deep Space Station Coriolis and Alphoid life forms injected the air supplies with their own cyanide-based atmosphere, only one crew member managed to don his space suit in time. Unable to reach the armoury, he must face the Alphoid warriors barehanded to defend not only his own life but also the vital computer records which the Space Station contains. In this game you control the crewman, manoeuvring him around the Space Station as he tries to destroy Alphoids before being destroyed himself - either by the enemy or due to lack of oxygen. Acornsoft...

Game Pack 2

Game Pack 2

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Comprises: Dogfight (Acornsoft), Mastermind (Acornsoft) and Zombie (Acornsoft)

Games Pack 1

Games Pack 1

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Comprises: Asteroids (Acornsoft), Breakout (Acornsoft) and Subhunt (Acornsoft)

Games Pack 10

Games Pack 10

Acorn Atom - Released - 198

Games Pack 11

Games Pack 11

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Comprises: Dominoes (Acornsoft), Missile Base (Acornsoft) and Snooker (Acornsoft)

Games Pack 3

Games Pack 3

Acorn Atom - Released - 1984

Comprises: Black Box (Acornsoft), Lunar Lander (Acornsoft) and Rat Trap (Acornsoft)

Games Pack 6

Games Pack 6

Acorn Atom

Games Pack 7

Games Pack 7

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Ballistics (Acornsoft), Green Things (Acornsoft) and Snake (Acornsoft)

Games Pack 8

Games Pack 8

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Comprises: Gomoku (Acornsoft), Robots (Acornsoft) and Stargate (Acornsoft)

Games Pack 9

Games Pack 9

Acorn Atom

Comprises: Babies (Acornsoft), Minotaur (Acornsoft) and Snapper (Acornsoft)

Gateway To Karos

Gateway To Karos

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

As a local historian, you had been allowed into the great library of Karoway Manor. There between the pages of an ancient book you found a seemingly much older sheet of paper. it told of a stone gateway to the mythical land of karos opening only at midnight on the summer solstice. Were it not for the majestic stone arch in the centre of the manor lawn, and that it was by then dusk on MidSummer's Day, you might have replaced the page without a thought... This is a vast and fascinating adventure with the accent firmly on intrigue and ingenuity. There is more than one route to many of the...

Go

Go

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

Go is a computerised development of an original game played with stones on a 13 by 13 grid, based upon occupying territory and capturing enemy stones. It is a powerful program for either one or two players, plus an option where the computer plays against itself. The program will only accept legal moves so beginners can experiment and let the program teach t hem how to play. Players start with a blank grid and take it in turns to place markers at the points where the grid lines intersect; the main aim is to occupy as much territory as possible and then to capture enemy markers, or groups, by...

History Quiz

History Quiz

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

How does your knowledge of History rate against a Grandmaster of the genre? This rewarding and compelling program for your BBC model B or Acorn Electron computer has been specially adapted from the Weidenfield Quiz book and will provide hours of edification and amusement for family and friends. Do you know what was extraordinary about the execution of Anne Boleyn? Or whose horse was awarded campaign medals by special command of Queen Victoria? If you can answer these questions, you are likely to do pretty well with the other 298 included in this quiz. It covers all aspects of British...

Hopper

Hopper

Acorn Electron - Released - August 1, 1984

Hopper borrows the Frogger style of gameplay, for one of many games inspired by the arcade hit. The road has six lanes to cross, each very densely populated with traffic. Permanent logs and temporary turtles are used to get across the river, and reach one of the five home cells. After filling all of them the game moves up to a higher difficulty level. A range of keys can be used for each control function.

Hopper

Hopper

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

Hopper borrows the Frogger style of gameplay, for one of many games inspired by the arcade hit. The road has six lanes to cross, each very densely populated with traffic. Permanent logs and temporary turtles are used to get across the river, and reach one of the five home cells. After filling all of them the game moves up to a higher difficulty level. A range of keys can be used for each control function.

How To Write Adventure Games

How To Write Adventure Games

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

The programs on this cassette are designed to be used in conjunction with the book How To Write Adventure Games for the BBC Microcomputer Model B and Acorn Electron by Peter Killworth.

I Do

I Do

Acorn Electron - Released - May 1, 1984

This program is based upon a series of fascinating questionnaires used by Hans Eysenck in his book '...I Do' Your Guide to a Happy Marriage published by Century Books in 1983. The program can provide couples (married or unmarried) with a great deal of useful information about themselves and their relationship. Used honestly "I Do The Program" can help you understand just what psychologists mean by the terms introversion versus extraversion, emotional stability versus instability, high libido versus low libido; and give you a fairly clear idea of how you compare with your partner in these...

Introductory Cassette

Introductory Cassette

Acorn Electron - 1982

The cassette which came with the Electron computer. It contains a collection of 15 utility, demo and game programmes.

JCB Digger

JCB Digger

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

JCB Digger was programmed by Jonathon Griffiths and released by Acornsoft. This was a new type of game for AcornSoft - a sideways scroller. The object of the game was to capture the 'meanies' in holes and then fill them in to put the 'meanies' to sleep. In reality, the game was jerky, flickery and a fiddle to play. But it did introduce a continuous scrolling level which was put to good effect by future games such as the Repton trilogy, Ravenskull and others.

Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1985

Magic Mushrooms is a platform game released by Acornsoft for the BBC Microcomputer and Acorn Electron. You have to go around the levels, collecting the mushrooms and avoiding the monsters. To obstruct you there are one-way ladders, conveyor belts, trampolines and more, and you really have to think about the path you are taking. The graphics are low-res, but very crisp and clear, making them look much better. The game also has a screen designer built in, so that you can create your own levels.

Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms

Acorn Electron - Released - September 1, 1985

Magic Mushrooms isn't only an exciting game of skill and quick thinking - it's also a complete game constructor allowing unlimited scope for ingenuity in designing games for you and your friends to play. Guide Murphy around the screen leaping from brick to brick, bouncing on trampolines, sliding down slides and gliding up escalators in his quest for mushrooms. He'll find them all over the place. Even on slippery ice sheets and treacherous ground which wobbles beneath his feet, or disappears as he steps off it. Collecting mushrooms is a hazardous occupation; Murphy must watch out for...

Mathematics 2

Mathematics 2

Acorn Electron - Released - 1985

Maze

Maze

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

You have entered the top-secret installation of a rival company with the aim of stealing secret information. Inside the building is a multi-level security system, each level consisting of a maze of corridors patrolled by robot guards who will shoot you on sight. The robots are armed with guns which they can recharge by running over special power points which are marked by pentangles on the floor of the maze. Your company's scientists have been able to duplicate the design of these guns so that you too are able to replenish your ammunition by running over the power points. You have a...

Me And My Micro

Me And My Micro

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

Comprises: Anagrams (Acornsoft), Bomber (Acornsoft), Kongo (Acornsoft), Matchem (Acornsoft), Mazerace (Acornsoft), Monsterzap (Acornsoft), Pairs (Acornsoft) and Twister (Acornsoft)

Meteors

Meteors

Acorn Electron - Released - 1983

"Steer your laser-ship through a hall of meteors smashing them with your laser bolts as they hurtle towards you on all sides. Avoid being hit by the missiles from hostile flying saucers which fire at you as they pass. Your ship is equipped with as many laser bolts as you can fire and as a last resort, you can escape through hyperspace. Complete with sound effects and table of high scores." Steer the ship to avoid the meteors, firing at them as you go. Large meteors will split into smaller ones when they are hit, and these will in turn break into four fragments. Watch out for...

Meteors

Meteors

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1982

Meteors is an Action game, developed and published by Acornsoft, which was released in Europe in 1982. Another almost perfect arcade conversion, this one is of Atari's Asteroids. The gameplay was just like the arcade game, and the visuals had been enhanced from the original Black and White graphics

Missile Base

Missile Base

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Missile Base was released for the Acorn Atom as part of the Acornsoft Games Pack 11 which also included the games Dominoes and Snooker. In Missile Base you must defend your cities from enemy attack with intercept missiles launched from the three ground bases.

Missiles

Missiles

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

You must defend your cities from the falling missiles and the aircraft. You have 3 missile bases each containing 15 missiles.

Monsters

Monsters

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

Pursued by monsters along walls and up and down ladders, your only hope of survival is to trap them in holes which you dig in their path. If a monster falls in, the hole must be filled in completely or the monster will crawl out. Monsters can be killed in one of two ways: either by falling through holes which you dig and fill, or by being hit by monsters from above. If a monster is hit by a falling monster, both die. If you manage to kill all the monsters, you graduate to another screen. The longer you survive, the more you can score as the monsters vary and become more devious. Whereas...

Music Quiz

Music Quiz

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

How does your knowledge of Music rate against a Grandmaster of the genre? This rewarding and compelling program for your BBC model B or Acorn Electron computer has been specially adapted from the Weidenfield Quiz book and will provide hours of edification and amusement for family and friends. Do you know who said 'My music is best understood by children and animals?' Or which love song mentions Woolworths? This amusing and fascinating quiz will challenge any music lover, whether your tastes are for Bach, Bizet, Beiderbecke or the Bee Gees. Music is one of a series of six Grandmaster...

Paul Daniels' Magic Show

Paul Daniels' Magic Show

Acorn Electron - Released - December 18, 1984

The pack contains ten magic tricks and some simple props for you, the conjurer, to use. Ideal as a party piece or simply to baffle your friends, here are mind-reading, birthday-guessing, card-divining, money-making tricks, and more besides - all designed for the high-tech conjurer of tomorrow's world to challenge the credibility of what is possible and what your audience sees before it. Let Britain's top showman magician lead you on a spectacular tour of computer magic, and let Britain's top micros take a bow. Together they prove an unbeatable duo.

Philosopher's Quest

Philosopher's Quest

Acorn Electron - Released - 1988

Welcome to the adventure! This pack contains programs on cassette plus instructions for Philosopher's Quest, an 'intelligent' adventure where the player explores a strange land full of weird and unlikely things, some dangerous and some even magical. In this new and authentic game the concept of the adventure is exploited to the full, and extended to include abstract thought as a means to progress and survival. However, wild speculation will get you nowhere - you have to use your wits! The objective is to find all the treasures and bring them to where you began, but in the meantime you...

Philosopher's Quest

Philosopher's Quest

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1982

Welcome to the adventure! This pack contains a program on disc plus instructions for Philosopher's Quest, an "intelligent" adventure where the player explores a strange land full of weird and unlikely things, some dangerous, some even magical. In this game the concept of the adventure is exploited to the full, and extended to include abstract thought as a means to progress and survival. However, wild speculation will get you nowhere - you have to use your wits! The objective is to find all the treasures and bring them back to where you began, but in the meantime you have to sift clues,...

Planetoid

Planetoid

Acorn Electron - Released - May 1, 1985

Action stations! The Aliens are landing! Flying over the planetoid surface your laser-ship speeds to the rescue, firing laser missiles and dodging the enemy and their shell-fire. Save the life-forms while fending off raiders, mutants, bombers, cruisers, spores and megacytes. Lightning reflexes are required to play this game - the fastest ever seen on a micro! Complete with sound effects, full colour graphics and table of high scores."

Rocket Raid

Rocket Raid

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

Rocket Raid was written by Jonathan Griffiths and released in 1983 by Acornsoft for the BBC Microcomputer. It is a side scrolling shoot 'em up and a variant of Scramble. The player has to fly his space craft through a cave that consists of five sections each with different hazards and enemies. Enemies include rockets launching from the ground, small green aliens and indestructible meteoroids that have to be dodged. There are two weapons to use: a gun that shoots forward and bombs that can be dropped on building on the ground. The player has three lives but can earn more by reaching certain...

Royal Quiz

Royal Quiz

Acorn Electron - Released - July 1, 1984

How does your knowledge of Royalty rate against a Grandmaster of the genre? This rewarding and compelling program for your BBC Model B or Acorn Electron computer has been specially adapted from the Weidenfield Quiz book and will provide hours of edification and amusement for family and friends. Do you know where Prince Philip was born? Or whcih King liked to breakfast with his parrot? Or who told the Queen that she didn't recognise her "without your crown on"? From Egbert to Elizabeth II via Cleopatra and Tamburlaine, this is a quiz for royalist and republican alike, which teases, teaches...

Science Fiction Quiz

Science Fiction Quiz

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

How does your knowledge of Science Fiction rate against a Grandmaster of the genre? This rewarding and compelling program for your BBC Model B or Acorn Electron computer has been specially adapted from the Weidenfield Quiz book and will provide hours of edification and amusement for family and friends. This is a quiz about science fiction in its wildest sense, including such modern masters of the indefinable as Jorge Luis Borges as well as the main-liners like Frank Herbert, Arthur Clarke, Philip K. Dick, H. G. Wells, Fredrick Pohl, and the new school of SF film-makers. Science fiction...

Snapper

Snapper

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1982

Snapper was one of the first Video Arcade Conversions made for the BBC by AcornSoft. They got this conversion so bang on correct, that a certain arcade manufacturer threatened to sue Acorn. Because of this, the game was later changed: the Pac character changed, and so did the ghosts. Of course, none of this really altered the gameplay, and even today - just like the original Pac-Man - it remains highly playable.

Snapper

Snapper

Acorn Electron - Released - 1983

Snapper has a quite convoluted history. It started out as a faithful Pac-Man clone, and was even called "Pacman" straight until it was released, when the name was changed to Snapper to avoid infringing on Namco's copyright. Nevertheless, this simple name change wasn't enough, and subsequent releases saw the sprites changed from the well-known yellow circle and chasing ghosts to a yellow ball with legs and a hat, chased by humanoids. One gameplay change compared to the original Pac-Man is the behaviour of the ghosts (or humanoids). Wherewas they all have distinct movement patterns in the...

Snooker

Snooker

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

This is a game for two players. The winner is the person who scores most points. There are eight different colours of balls on the table and their points are assigned as follows: Red-1, Yellow-2, Green-3, Brown-4, Blue-5, Pink-6, Black-7 and the white cue ball. Each player in turn uses the cue ball to try and hit other balls into the six pockets situated along the two sides and at the corners of the table. This is called 'potting'. The player's turn ends when he either scores no points during his turn or plays a 'foul shot' (this will be defined later). When the red balls are potted, they...

Soft Vdu

Soft Vdu

Acorn Atom - Released - 1981

Sphinx Adventure

Sphinx Adventure

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1982

PHINX ADVENTURE was the first adventure to be released by Acornsoft and is, to my knowledge, still the only one available on cassette for the Electron. It's modelled very generally on the original Crowther and Woods' Colossal Caves. You'll meet some familiar characters in it, though, to be fair, it is nothing like Colossal Caves and is a very worthy adventure in its own right. Your task is to search an underground complex to add yet more treasures to the pile you have built up from previous adventures. You start your quest on a well-trodden road and a quick search of the countryside should...

Sphinx Adventure

Sphinx Adventure

Acorn Electron - Released - 1983

Sphinx Adventure is a text adventure game where the player's aim is to collect as much treasure as possible and bring it to the Sphinx. The game is played with the typical verb noun commands: GO WEST, LOOK, TAKE KEY etc. The player starts out in a forest and can explore the countryside in search of items needed to enter the valley of doom. Once inside the halls of spirit it will be very dark and the player risks falling into a pit. Therefore finding a source of light might be necessary. At times the player might come across various fantasy creatures such as dwarfs, ogres and dragons that...

Starship Command

Starship Command

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

The player assumes the role of captain of a battle starship, charged with defending the frontiers of space from hostile alien ships, which come in two sizes — large and small. The larger ships have cloaking devices which make them invisible. Damage is inflicted on ships when they are shot or rammed by other ships. Uniquely for the time, the player vessel remains locked in the centre of the screen and the world rotates and moves around it. Player shots also have limited range and are subject to the same rotation as everything else, which means the player needs to predict where shots will need...

Super Invaders

Super Invaders

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Super Invaders was written by Geoff Crammond. It is a Space Invaders variant. The player controls his defender ship left and right and has to prevent aliens from landing by shooting at them. Some protection is offered by four bastions which can take some shots before being destroyed. This version of the game offers three different difficulties with the harder ones offering some additional gameplay features. The easier one, A Mild Encounter, plays like traditional Space Invaders. In the Uncomfortable Situation difficulty the UFO, when it survives without being shot, produces a force shield that...

Theatre Quiz

Theatre Quiz

Acorn Electron - Released - 1984

How does your knowledge of Theatre rate against a Grandmaster of the genre? This rewarding and compelling program for your BBC Model B or Acorn Electron computer has been specially adapted from the Weidenfield Quiz book and will provide hours of edification and amusement for family and friends. Ranging from Shakespeare and Shaw to Stoppard and Pinter by wat of Sondheim and Noel Coward, this quiz will entertain, inform and occasionally infuriate people who go to the theatre once a year or once a night. Theatre is one of a series of six Grandmaster Quizzes, in which you can pit your...

Volcano

Volcano

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Volcano is a video game written by Michael St Aubyn and published by Acornsoft for the BBC Microcomputer. Four men are stranded on the side of an erupting volcano and it's up to the player to rescue them with his emergency helicopter while avoiding or shooting the erupting boulders. The player has to work quickly since lava is pouring from the volcano down towards the stranded men. If a man dies he will turn into a ghost which will go after the player. Ghosts have to be avoided since they are indestructible. The player has three helicopters and gets an extra one after 5,000 points scored.

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