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Elite (1985)      

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Firebird Software Ltd
Torus, Philip Mochan, Ricardo Pinto, Dominic Prior, Mark Wighton, Ian Bell, David Braben
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UK (£14.95)
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Your Reviews (Unknown)   8th Mar 2011 11:29
Elite was originally written for the BBC Micro in 1984 by Ian Bell and David Brabben. It managed to combine space shooter, with elements of adventure, strategy and role-playing, tied together with brilliant vector graphics - and all in less that 30K of memory. It was such an epic achievement that BBC owners were able to crow about their computer purely on the basis of this one game. The envy of Spectrum owners was short-lived, however, because a year later Firebird released the Torus-developed conversion. By this stage the game had almost become the stuff of legend and expectations were deleriously high. It lost nothing in the conversion and its Spectrum release popularised Elite in a way that was impossible on the BBC. You are a space trader, travelling between systems, buying and selling goods. The galaxy is a dangerous place though and you need a good ship to combat the pirates and the law (should you get on the wrong side of it). This costs money and there are different ways of making it. You can play it straight, trading legal goods and scraping a living. You can visit anarchic systems, blast every ship that moves and scoop up its cargo. Then there's slave trading and drug running, but these will put the police on your tail. As you battle and deal your way through the game, your rating will elevate from a lowly Harmless towards the ultimate accolade, Elite. Space combat is as 'realistic' as you'll ever find it and the technical details of your ship and those of your opponents are beautifully considered. Elite is undoubtedly one of the finest games ever made, for any computer.

Issue 44 (Sinclair User)   4th Jan 2010 12:27
News Article in PCG, Feb 1985 (Unknown)   25th May 2016 09:44
(Anonymous) (Unknown)   17th Mar 2013 03:45
(Anonymous) (Crash!)   13th Dec 2008 11:13

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