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White Light by Sarah Walker

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License: Freeware


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White Light is an unofficial sequel to Fire Track publisher Electric Dream's 1987 vertically scrolling shoot-'em-up classic by Orlando which was loosely based on Tehkan's 1984 arcade game Star Force

Firetrack has long been regarded as one of the most technically advanced games ever made for the BBC Micro.

View the Development Diary for White Light.

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  • 14 huge, increasingly-taxing levels
  • A new set of graphics and enemies for each level, totalling 90k of data
  • Beautiful graphics and detailed background scenery, designed by professional video game artist John Blythe
  • Uses the SDS engine for fast, smooth paralax scrolling in Mode 2
  • Runs at 50 frames per second (scrolling at 25)
  • 12 enemy ship formations plus static turrets and reactors
  • Collect power ups and achieve up to 4-way multidirectional fire
  • Listen to 4 pulsating music tracks whilst you play
  • High score table with music and saving of scores
  • Keyboard or Joystick control.


The galaxy is threatened by the industrial pirates! They have stolen the White Light - the greatest known source of energy. You have been dispatched to retrieve the light and destroy the industrial pirates once and for all. Are you skillful enough to save the galaxy? Using the incredible SDS game engine, White Light provides the most intense arcade action seen to date on the BBC Micro.

Loading & Controls

To load, hold down shift and tap the break key.

Controls: Z (left), X (right), * (Up), ? (Down), Return (Fire), Shift (Bomb).
Press space to start a game with keyboard controls or fire to initiate joystick control.
Press R key at the title screen to redefine the keys.


Programming: Sarah Walker
Graphics: John Blythe


The BBC 5.25" DFS Disc version is compatible with the BBC Micro Model B, B+ and Master Series.
The Master Compact 3.5" ADFS version is compatible with the Master Compact and BBC Master.

Note: no forms of storage other than floppy drives are supported, though it has been tested on a BBC B/Master running from USB stick with Datacentre and also on a BBC Master with CF-Flash ADFS Hard Drive.

Platform : BBC Micro
Format : 5.25 Disk
Publisher : Retro Software
Authors : Sarah Walker, John Blythe
Date : 2nd December 2017
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