Elite (BBC Master 128, 6502 Second Processor)
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Written in Cambridge by Ian Bell and David Braben, it was published by Acorn's publishing arm Acornsoft, this was a space trading, space combat gamethat really pushed the technology of the time to the limit.
Taking control of a Cobra trading ship, the player is tasked with making profits by trading goods such as luxury items, food and precious metals. These items are cheaper or more expensive on some planets than others, depending whether the world is industrial or agricultural, and how highly developed they arre, ranging from 12 which was highly evolved and rich, down to 1, which was rare, a planet that had no government or law. They would be wise to ignore if they were anarchy planets, but rich democracies are safe, mostly.
The game is known for being one of the first sandbox game, one that can be tackled how the player seel fit, some would be happy with the trading part, and the occasional combat needed to fight off pirates, while others would concentrate on combat, using trading profits to build up shield capability and weaponry on the craft to take on the many Space Pirates that prey on vivtims on the more anarchic planets.
Also the more kills the player racks up, the more his player ranking will increase, starting off as harmless, one of the aims of the game is to reach the rank of Elite. If this was completed by the player back in the mid 1980s, Acornsoft would supply them with an Elite badge.
Converted by various companies for most of the 80s Micros, the game has been modified over the decades, with 16 bit, console and PC versions available, it has spawned two sequels, and a modern remake in Elite Dangerous, which was by Frontier, David Braben's current company.
For the BBC Master 128, this version actually runs slightly better than the second processor version.
box with instructions.
Also contains the version used with the BBC Micro second 6502 processor, making for a much faster game.
Two copies, one faulty.
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